"The Lydians are fine players, full of dramatic charge and integrated to perfection."
— The Daily Telegraph (London, England)
"The Lydian Quartet seems to have arrived at its prime, finding a balance between instinct and intellect, exploration and experience, brains and heart."
— The Boston Globe
"The Lydians approached the works sensitively and with the full range of tone, from warmth to brashness, that the contemporary literature demands."
— The New York Times
Lydian String Quartet
From its beginning in 1980, the Lydian Quartet has embraced the full range of string quartet repertory with curiosity, virtuosity, and dedication to the highest artistic ideals of music making. Winners of the Naumburg Award for chamber music, the Lydian String Quartet has demonstrated "a precision and involvement marking them as among the world's best quartets" (Chicago Sun-Times).
Residing at Brandeis University, in Waltham, Massachusetts, the Lydians continue to offer compelling, superbly integrated, and thoughtful yet dramatic performances of the quartet literature, from the masterpieces of the classical, romantic, and modern eras to neglected works from the twentieth century to the remarkable work being done by today's most innovative composers.
In July 2014, the quartet welcomed its newest member, violist Mark Berger, who joins founding member and second violinist Judith Eissenberg, cellist Joshua Gordon, first violinist Daniel Stepner.
2015-2016 BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY SEASON AT SLOSBERG MUSIC CENTER:
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2015, 8 P.M.
(7 P.M. PRECONCERT TALK)
HAROLD MELTZER Aqua
RICHARD WERNICK String Quartet no. 5, with Tony Arnold, soprano
BRAHMS String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, op. 51 no. 1
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2015, 8 P.M.
Home Within: A Live Audio-Visual Performance from Syria
Including a premiere of a new work by composer / clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and film maker Khalil Younes for clarinet, electronics, and string quartet.
KINAN AZMEH composer, clarinet
KEVORK MOURAD live illustrations, visuals
KHALIL YOUNES film maker, visual artist
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2015, 8 P.M.
NEW MUSIC BRANDEIS
An evening of string quartet works by graduate student composers of Brandeis University (details to be posted later this fall)
SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2016, 7:30 P.M.
Fauré Festival Weekend at Brandeis
GABRIEL FAURÉ: A CHAMBER MUSIC RETROSPECTIVE
La Bonne Chanson
with Dominique Labelle, soprano;
Yehudi Wyner, piano
Piano Quintet no. 2
with Ya-Fei Chuang, piano
SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2016, 8 P.M.
(7 P.M. PRECONCERT TALK)
MOZART Quartet in A major, K. 464
STEVEN SNOWDEN (commission prizewinner) new work, world premiere
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Quintet, with Ken Osowski, piano
$20; $15 for Brandeis community and seniors (55+); $5 for students.
Purchase tickets online, by phone at (781) 736-3400, and in person at Brandeis Tickets, located in the Shapiro Campus Center atrium.