Critical Acclaim

"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

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 2016, the quartet welcomed its newest member, first violinist Andrea Segar, who joins founding member and second violinist Judith Eissenberg, cellist Joshua Gordon, and violist Mark Berger.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2016, 8 P.M.

Mozart - Quartet in C major, K. 465 “Dissonance”
 - Quartet No. 2, Sz. 67
Yu-Hui Chang
 - Mind Like Water (world premiere)
 - String Quartet

SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017, 8 P.M.

Haydn - Quartet in D major, Op. 64, No. 5 “Lark”
Jon Nelson - New work (world premiere)
Steven Snowden - Appalachian Polaroids
Brahms - Quintet in G major, Op. 111 (guest violist Amadi Azikiwe)


Converging Tracks: Music for Cello Alone and with Violin

with Joshua Gordon, cello & special guest Andrea Segar, violin
Saturday, September 24, 8 p.m.

Bach - Suite no. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011    
David Sanford - Seventh Avenue Kaddish (2001)   
Franghiz Ali-Zadeh - Oyan! (2005)   
Zoltán Kodály - Duo for violin and cello, Op. 7 (1914) 

Prismatic Reflections

with Mark Berger, viola & guest artists Samuel Solomon, percussion and Yoko Hagino, piano
Friday, January 20, 8 p.m.

Bach - Sarabande from Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011
Mark Berger - Kaleidoscope for viola, marimba, and piano
Benjamin Britten - Lachrymae, Op. 48 for viola and piano
Ketty Nez - transit out for viola and piano
Luciano Berio - Naturale for viola, percussion and recorded voice

Decade Project: 1910

with Andrea Segar, violin & special guest Angela Kim, piano
Sunday, February 5, 3 p.m.

Jean Sibelius - Mazurka, Op. 81 No. 1 (1915) & Rondino, Op. 81 No. 2 (1917)
Karol Szymanowski - La Fontaine d’Arethuse (1915)
Charles Ives
 - Violin Sonata No. 4, “Children’s Day at the Camp Meeting” (1916)
Anton Webern - Four Pieces, Op. 7 (1910)
Ottorino Respighi - Violin Sonata in B minor (1917)


$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.