Tesla Quartet – The History of the String Quartet
String Quartet – Classical
Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10 and 11 – 8 PM
7 PM Preshow Talk (doors at 6:30)
String quartets have featured prominently in the Hornby Festival programming. This year, we feature a two-night program that will take us through the history of this beautiful chamber music onward from Joseph Haydn who is credited with establishing the genre in the 1750s.
Praised 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), the Tesla Quartet brings refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire. Dubbed “technically superb” by The Strad, the Tesla Quartet recently took Second Prize as well as the Haydn Prize and Canadian Commission Prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition. The quartet has also garnered top prizes at numerous other international competitions, including the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the 6th International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna, and the 2012 London International String Quartet Competition. The London Evening Standard called their rendition of the Debussy Quartet “a subtly coloured performance that balanced confidently between intimacy and extraversion.”
Having recently completed their tenure as the Marjorie Young Bell String Quartet-in-Residence at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, the Tesla Quartet also holds a community residency in Hickory, North Carolina that includes performances and workshops at local colleges, universities, and in the public school system, as well as a dedicated chamber music series. The quartet performs regularly across North America, with recent international appearances in London, Vienna, Beijing, Shanghai, and Seoul. The 2017-18 season includes debut performances in Germany and Hungary, concerts across America, and a residency with the Quad City Visiting Artist Series.
Inspired by Nikola Tesla’s words, “Though free to think and act, we are held together, like the stars in the firmament, with ties inseparable,” the Tesla Quartet views music as this incredible, binding force, and strives to create meaningful connections with their audiences. The Tesla Quartet is Ross Snyder (violin), Michelle Lie (violin), Edwin Kaplan (viola), and Serafim Smigelskiy (cello).
“Praised 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), the Tesla Quartet brings refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire.”
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 50 No. 5
Ludwig Van Beethoven: String Quartet in A Major, Op.18 No. 5
Franz Schubert: String Quartet in A mino, D.807 “Rosamunde”
Claude Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op.10
Karol Szymanowski: String Quartet in C Major, Op.37
Philip Glass: String Quartet No.5
Aug. 10 & 11, 10 am – Classical Kids
Aug. 10 & 11, 7 pm – Preshow Talk
Aug. 10 & 11, 8 pm – Performance