Diderot String Quartet

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
The Kosciuszko Foundation

Adriane Post, violin
Johanna Novom, violin
Kyle Miller, viola
Paul Dwyer, cello
with Nils Neubert, tenor

Bach to the Future: The Legacy of the Fugue

There will be a reception in the lobby of the Kosciuszko Foundation featuring complimentary wine from Germany, the country featured in Diderot’s program.

Johann Sebastian Bach’s music had fallen into obscurity until Felix Mendelssohn’s visionary 1829 revival of the St. Matthew Passion. Mendelssohn continued to honor Bach by embracing the “antiquated” fugue in his own works. The vibrant Diderot String Quartet plays Bach’s Art of Fugue, Mendelssohn’s Fugue in E-flat Major, and his fugue-filled String Quartet No. 2, Op. 13.

“I caught afternoon performances, from Tuesday through Thursday, by the Diderot String Quartet, anchored by the cellist Paul Dwyer, who had led off the festival with a peripatetic survey of Bach’s cello suites.” —New York Times

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Artist Bios & Program

Diderot String Quartet, named after the prominent18th-century French philosopher and Boccherini enthusiast Denis Diderot, came together in 2012 in New York City. The four musicians first met at Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School. Sharing a background in historical performance and a passion for the string quartet genre, they quickly discovered the irresistible thrill of exploring the repertory on period instruments. The Diderot String Quartet, featured in the Chamber Music America article, “New Voices in Old Music,” brings a fresh approach to both familiar and lesser known works of the 18th and 19th centuries. In its 2016/17 season, DSQ appears on the following concert series: Music Before 1800 (NYC), Renaissance & Baroque (Pittsburgh), St. Cecilia Music Series (Austin, TX), and Early Music at St. James (Lancaster, PA). The quartet also enters a third year as a resident ensemble at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (NYC) and a second year as Quartet in Residence at the Washington National Cathedral. Diderot String Quartet was awarded a two-week residency at Aldeburgh Music in the UK. Other recent events include the premiere of DSQ’s first-ever commissioned work, Small Infinities by award-winning composer Lembit Beecher, and performances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cambridge Society of Early Music, and Kerrytown Concert House (Ann Arbor, MI).