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Esterhazy Quartet

Esterhàzy Quartet

Clockwise from top: Susan Jensen, violin, Eva Szekely, violin, Darry Dolezal, cello, and Leslie Perna, viola

Throughout its distinguished career the Esterhazy Quartet has delighted audiences on three continents, performing at venues such as the Haydn Festspiele in Austria, the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada and the Beethoven Society in Santiago de Chile. The Esterhazy Quartet has garnered international accolades from critics, who have praised the Quartet for its intelligence, refinement and “velvety palette of tonal colors” (La Segunda, Santiago de Chile).

Taking its name from Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy, the patron of composer Joseph Haydn – “father” of the string quartet – the Esterhazy Quartet has appeared at several important music festivals in the United States and abroad, including the Western Arts Festival, the Classical Music Seminar in Eisenstadt, Austria, and the International Music Festival of Pará in Belém, Brazil. Frequently throughout the last four decades the Esterhazy Quartet has performed live on National Public Radio, including the highly acclaimed “Hear America First” and “Quartessence” series, as well as WGBH Boston’s Classical Performances.

Formed in 1968 as the ensemble-in-residence of the University of Missouri-Columbia, the Esterhazy Quartet is widely recognized for its commitment to performing and promoting the music of our time, especially modern music of the Americas.  The Esterhazy Quartet maintains one of the largest collections of Latin American string quartets in the United States, and is responsible for the commission, world premiere and recording of several new American string quartets.

Albany Records has just released an album featuring the Esterhazy Quartet performing works of Samuel Adler, including Adler’s 9th String Quartet, written for the Esterhazy Quartet. Another recent release, the complete string quartets of James Willey available on Albany Records and New World Records/CRI, received a rave review from David DeBoor Canfield of Fanfare magazine: “The coruscating playing of the Esterhazy Quartet can scarcely be over-praised. Any composer would be gratified to have his work presented in such stellar fashion.”

In addition to collaborating with contemporary composers, the Esterhazy Quartet actively promotes the advancement of the string quartet art form through master classes, seminars and workshops for young performers and composers, including its annual residency for composers at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and a yearly summer chamber music seminar for select high school string players at the University of Missouri.