The Lenfest Center for the Arts
Master Class: Escher String Quartet and Jason Vieauz, Guitar
Friday, October 21, 2016
Wilson Hall/Room 2018
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Escher String Quartet Master Class
The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. A former BBC New Generation Artist, the quartet has performed at the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall and is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall. In its hometown of New York, the ensemble serves as Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 2013, the quartet became one of the very few chamber ensembles to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Within months of its inception in 2005, the ensemble came to the attention of key musical figures worldwide. Championed by the Emerson Quartet, the Escher Quartet was invited by both Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman to be Quartet in Residence at each artist’s summer festival: the Young Artists Programme at Canada’s National Arts Centre; and the Perlman Chamber Music Programme on Shelter Island, NY. The quartet has since collaborated with artists including David Finckel, Leon Fleischer, Wu Han, Lynn Harrell, Cho Liang Lin, Joshua Bell, Vilde Frang, David Shifrin and guitarist Jason Vieaux.
Described by NPR as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation”, Jason Vieaux performs a remarkably wide range of music. His solo recitals have been featured at every major guitar series in North America and many important guitar festivals in Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico. Vieaux has performed with nearly 100 orchestras and recorded a dozen albums. In 1992, he was awarded the prestigious GFA International Guitar Competition First Prize, the event’s youngest winner ever.