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In addition to its season of concerts in San Francisco and Palo Alto, the New Esterházy Quartet is frequently invited to perform elsewhere. The group has performed for the San Francisco Early Music Society, the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music, the Haydn Society of North America, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the de Young Museum of San Francisco, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco's Dolphin and California Clubs, the Berkeley Festival, (including an appearance at the upcoming festival in June), the San Francisco Girls Chorus, Cal Performances, University of Southern California, Berkeley's Freight and Salvage Coffeeshop (three appearances), 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 returned to New York for a recital in August, 2011. The quartet offers two CD recordings made live in concert through their website, and their CD of Haydn from Moravian sources will be released later this year.
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 the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Weiner 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 and the 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.
Portions of two reviews concur:
"The New Esterházy Quartet's performance demonstrated camaraderie, marked above all by exceptional unity of purpose and total commitment to the group's interpretive scheme." Joseph Sarget from the SFCV.
Last updated 2/04/2013.
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