Winners of both the First Prize and Amadeus Prize at the Wigmore Hall In-ternational String Quartet Competition, the Formosa Quartet is “one of the very best quar-tets of their genera-tion” (David Soyer, cellist, Guarneri Quartet) whose playing has been hailed as “spellbinding” (The Strad) with “focused intensity and extraordinary musician-ship” (San Diego Union Tribune).
Formed in 2002 and based in Chicago and Los Angeles, the ensemble delights audiences with its diverse programs, ranging from classical string quartets to Taiwanese folk songs and swinging jazz.
Formosa Quartet website
Trio Solisti, celebrating its 20th anni-versary season in 2020-2021, has been de-scribed as “the most exciting piano trio in America” (The New Yorker), and Gramophone raved about a “performance of kaleidoscopic hues…beauty of sound and bountiful panache. Whether silken or sweep-ing, the music receives idiomatic and sophisti-cated treatment as shaped by these keenly perceptive art-ists.” The trio serves as ensemble-in-residence at Adelphi University in New York and is a founding ensemble of Tel-luride Musicfest, an annual summer chamber music festival.
Trio Solisti website
The Escher Quartet has received ac-claim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. In its home town of New York, the ensemble serves as Season Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where it has recently performed quartet cycles of Beethoven and Zemlin-sky. The Escher Quartet, formed in 2005, takes its name from the Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, inspired by Escher’s method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole.
Escher Quartet website
Giving performances that are “lithe, persuasive” (The New York Times) and “eloquent and enthralling” (The Boston Globe), the Horszowski Trio has become a vital force in the international chamber music world. The New Yorker de-scribed the Hor-szowski as “the most compelling American group to come on the scene.” Based in New York City, the trio gave its debut perfor-mance in 2011 and has toured extensive-ly, performing both the traditional piano trio repertoire and introducing audiences to new music that it has commissioned and premiered.
Horszowski Trio website
Distinguished by virtuosity, probing musical insight, and impassioned, fiery performances, the Ariel Quartet has gar-nered critical praise worldwide. Formed in Israel and celebrating its 20th anniver-sary in 2020-21, the Ariel has won the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Grand Prize, and the Székely Prize, among other acco-lades. The Ameri-can Record Guide described the group as “a consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power.” The ensemble serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.
Ariel Quartet website
Opening the season are frequent col-laborators Pianist Sally Pinkas and the Adaskin String Trio who will present an evening of iconic piano quartets and more. Israeli-born Pinkas, a “scintillating force” (Gramophone), has garnered universal ac-claim for her perfor-mances as soloist and chamber musician and has been praised for her radiant tone and driving energy. The Adaskin, cited for its “instrumental power and eloquence” (Gramophone), has impressed audiences with exuberant playing and programming. Performanc-es by the Pinkas and Adaskin partner-ship have been hailed as “ferociously gorgeous” (Audiophile Audition) and “nothing short of remarka-ble” (BlogsCritic).
Adaskin String Trio website