Johnny Gandelsman, violin | Colin Jacobsen, violin | Nicholas Cords, viola | Michael Nicolas, cello
Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings), the game-changing string quartet Brooklyn Rider presents eclectic repertoire and gripping performances that continue to draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. Equally at home in clubs and concert halls, the quartet has played venues as varied as Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Le Poisson Rouge, Japan’s Todai-ji, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn’s Littlefield, the Library of Congress, and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Through visionary programming and global collaborations, Brooklyn Rider’s “down-to-earth demeanor … demystifies contemporary classical music and invites everyone into the tent” (Time Out New York).
Brooklyn Rider enjoys regular collaborations with various artists including singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane, as well as soprano Dawn Upshaw with performances as varied as the Ojai Music Festival to the U.S. Open tennis tournament. In 2014-15, the group celebrated its tenth anniversary with the groundbreaking multi-disciplinary project Brooklyn Rider Almanac, for which it recorded and toured 15 specially commissioned works, each inspired by a different artistic muse. The group is also the Ensemble-in-Residence at National Sawdust, a new performance space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Rider often appears under the umbrella of outside initiatives started by its members. In 2003, violinist Johnny Gandelsman created In A Circle, a series of New York performance events exploring connections between music and the visual arts. He launched In A Circle Records in 2008 with the release of Brooklyn Rider’s eclectic debut recording, Passport, among others which made NPR’s year-end round-ups and listener favorite. Colin and Eric Jacobsen are co-founders of acclaimed New York-based orchestral collective The Knights, and all four quartet members take part in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, with which they have performed worldwide and recorded three albums for Sony Classical. Other recent recording projects include 2013’s A Walking Fire on Mercury Classics and The Impostor with Béla Fleck on Deutsche Grammophon/Mercury Classics, plus 2011’s much-praised Brooklyn Rider Plays Philip Glass on the composer’s Orange Mountain Music label.
Brooklyn Rider has been featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, On Point, All Songs Considered, Deceptive Cadence, and All Things Considered; WNYC’s Soundcheck; and American Public Media’s Performance Today; as well as on NY1 television in New York City. The ensemble’s recordings are played across North America on stations ranging in focus from classical to world, jazz, pop, and new music.
“They are four classical musicians performing with the energy of young rock stars jamming on their guitars, a Beethoven-goes-indie foray into making classical music accessible but also celebrating why it was good in the first place.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Brooklyn Rider is one of today’s most technically accomplished string quartets, full stop. Its superb playing is matched only by the thought, commitment and inspiration its members pour into projects like this one—making the string quartet not a relic of times long gone, but a vessel for the shape of music to come. Anastasia Tsioulcas, NPR Music
PHILIP GLASS: String Quartet No. 3 “Mishima”
JANACEK: String Quartet No. 1 “The Kreutzer Sonata”
COLIN JACOBSEN: BTT
BEETHOVEN: Quartet NO. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 “Serioso”
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