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Founded in 2006, the New Esterházy Quartet have taken their name from the Hungarian estate where Joseph Haydn lived and worked for nearly three decades, and from the noble family who were his employers and patrons. The name also honors Quartetto Esterhazy, the pioneering historical string quartet from the 1970s, with the blessing of that ensemble’s eminent founder and leader, Jaap Schroeder.

The New Esterházy Quartet’s first three seasons included all 68 string quartets of Joseph Haydn. Composed over a span of a half-century, Haydn’s quartets contain some of the most imaginative, sophisticated and expressive composition in all of music, providing great joy to players and listeners alike. This cycle of performances, the first in North America on period-instruments, provides a panoramic vantage point from which the Quartet can survey the compositions of Haydn’s friends, contemporaries and students. Since their third season the New Esterházy Quartet have been performing quartets dedicated to Haydn by Mozart and by some of the dozen other composers whose dedications acknowledged Haydn’s mastery of the genre. They also are playing quartets written by many, including Beethoven, who sought out Haydn for instruction.

In addition to their season of concerts in San Francisco and Palo Alto, the New Esterházy Quartet are frequently invited to perform elsewhere. They have performed for the San Francisco Early Music Society, the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music, the Haydn Society of North America, at the San Francisco’s De Young Museum, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco’s Dolphin and California Clubs, the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Cal Performances, University of Southern California, Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage Coffeeshop, Music at Kohl Mansion and Noe Valley Chamber Music. The Quartet played a program of Haydn from American Moravian sources in New York in the spring of 2009, and those pieces will be released as a CD later this year. Their two CD recordings recorded live in concert can be purchased here.

The members of the New Esterházy Quartet are internationally-known period-instrument and chamber music specialists Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violins, violist Anthony Martin, and cellist William Skeen. As individuals, the players have performed and recorded in the top echelon of early music ensembles, including Orchestra of the 18th Century, Wiener Akademie, Bach Ensemble, Artaria Quartet, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Arcadian Academy, Göttingen Festival Orchestra, and Musica Angelica. In addition to many years of musical collaboration in Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, and a long list of renowned chamber ensembles, these four Bay Area musicians have enjoyed decades of friendship and shared experience. Their history as both colleagues and friends endows the quartet with an unusual commonality of musical language and gesture, and provides a strong foundation for a unique and original ensemble voice.

 

To read an article about the New Esterházy Quartet in the Newsletter of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, click here.

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(415) 520-0611