Join us for a wonderful evening of live music with the Tesla Quartet.
The Tesla Quartet is known the world over for their “superb capacity to find the inner heart of everything they play, regardless of era, style, or technical demand” (The International Review of Music). From contemporary works to established masterpieces, the Tesla Quartet’s thoughtful interpretations reveal the ensemble’s deep commitment to their craft.
Now entering its second decade, the quartet performs regularly across North America and Europe, with recent highlights including their debut at Lincoln Center, a return to Wigmore Hall, and performances at Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall as winners of the prestigious John Lad Prize. Other recent international engagements include tours of Brazil, China, and South Korea.
Remaining true to their ethos, the Tesla Quartet has proved resilient in the face of global depression. From the safety of their own homes, they overcame technological hurdles in order to cheer on the healthcare heroes of the New York Presbyterian Hospital with weekly concerts; commissioned 12 works for their series Alternating Currents, an homage to Beethoven and a celebration of diverse voices; and helped pioneer ImmerSphere, an immersive augmented reality virtual concert experience. With renewed hope, the Tesla Quartet is focusing its efforts in the coming seasons on inspiring climate action with the commissions of several full length works for string quartet, including Jeff Nytch’s piece decrying deforestation, Song of the Lorax.
In 2018, the Tesla Quartet released its debut album of Haydn, Ravel, and Stravinsky quartets on the Orchid Classics label to critical acclaim. Joy & Desolation, out October 2019 on Orchid Classics, featured quintets by Mozart, Finzi, John Corigliano and Carolina Heredia with clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein.
The Tesla Quartet builds upon years of early success at numerous competitions including top prizes at the prestigious 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition, 2015 International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition, and 2012 Wigmore Hall London International String Quartet Competition. From 2009 to 2012, the quartet held a fellowship as the Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where they studied with the Takács Quartet. The group originally formed at The Juilliard School in 2008.
The Tesla Quartet is Ross Snyder (violin), Michelle Lie (violin), Edwin Kaplan (viola), and
Austin Fisher (cello). Learn more at www.teslaquartet.com.
Free and open to the public, Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and may be limited. For more information, please call (702) 507-3459.