The CALDER QUARTET performs a broad range of repertoire at an exceptional level, always striving to channel and fulfill the composer’s vision. Already the choice of many leading composers to perform their works – including Peter Eötvös, Thomas Adès, Christopher Rouse, and Terry Riley – the group’s distinctive approach is exemplified by a musical curiosity brought to everything they perform, whether it’s Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, or sold-out rock shows with bands like The National or The Airborne Toxic Event.
Winners of the 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, they are known for the discovery, commissioning, recording, and mentoring of some of today’s best emerging composers (over 25 commissioned works to date). The group continues to work and collaborate with artists across musical genres, spanning the ranges of the classical and contemporary music world, as well as rock, and visual arts; and in venues ranging from art museums to Carnegie Hall and Salzburg’s Mozarteum. Inspired by innovative American artist Alexander Calder, the Calder Quartet’s desire to bring immediacy and context to the works they perform creates an artfully crafted musical experience.
Recent and upcoming highlights include appearances at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Lincoln Center, Washington Performing Arts Society, Ojai Festival, Salzburg Festival, Barbican Centre, Wigmore Hall, Mozarteum Salzburg, Tonhalle Zurich, IRCAM Paris, and Frankfurt Alte Oper, to name a few. Among the quartet’s collaborators this season are Barbara Hannigan, Peter Sellars, Peter Eötvös, and Thomas Adès.
The quartet has been featured in extremely popular TV shows such as the Late Show with David Letterman, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel, and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. They have also performed as guests on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.
In 2011 the Calder Quartet launched a non-profit dedicated to furthering its efforts in commissioning, presenting, recording, and education, collaborating with the Getty Museum, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and the Barbican Centre in London.
The Calder Quartet formed at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and continued studies at the Colburn Conservatory of Music with Ronald Leonard, and at the Juilliard School, receiving the Artist Diploma in Chamber Music Studies as the Juilliard Graduate Resident String Quartet. The quartet regularly conducts master classes and has taught at the Colburn School, the Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory, and USC Thornton School of Music, and is currently Quartet-in-Residence at Oberlin Conservatory.
Calder Quartet is represented by Intermusica.
Benjamin Jacobson, violin
Andrew Bulbrook, violin
Jonathan Moerschel, viola
Eric Byers, cello