Quartet Correspondence II
Friday, January 18, 8 PM
Saturday, January 19, 8 PM
Pre-Concert Lecture starts at 7:15pm
Diderot String Quartet—named after the prominent eighteenth-century French philosopher and Boccherini enthusiast Denis Diderot—came together in 2012 after having first met at Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School. The four musicians share a background in historical performance and a passion for the string quartet genre; they quickly found the thrill of exploring the latter repertoire on period instruments to be irresistible. Diderot String Quartet brings a fresh approach to both familiar and lesser-known works of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Recent and upcoming engagements for DSQ include Music Before 1800 (New York City), Renaissance & Baroque (Pittsburgh), Carmel Bach Festival, St. Cecilia Music Series (Austin, TX) and Great Performances at the Toledo Museum of Art. In the 2017 – 18 season, Diderot will make its Canadian debut with Early Music Vancouver and Friends of Chamber Music Vancouver, followed by a concert with Early Music Society of the Islands in Victoria, British Columbia. The quartet also enters a third year as Quartet in Residence at the Washington National Cathedral.