Named after the prominent 18th-century French philosopher, the Diderot Quartet formed in 2012 in New York. Having first met at Oberlin Conservatory and the Juilliard School, all four musicians share a background in historical performance and a passion for the string quartet genre, and quickly found the thrill of exploring this repertoire on period instruments to be irresistible. Recently featured in Chamber Music magazine in the article “New Voices in Old Music,” the quartet aims to bring the excitement of a fresh voice to both familiar and lesser-known works of the 18th- and 19th-centuries.
Entering a second year of residency at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan, the ensemble is also newly appointed Quartet-in-Residence at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. The members of DSQ can be heard internationally in a wide variety of solo and ensemble repertoire, from performances with Apollo’s Fire, Handel and Haydn Society, Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, and the Boston Early Music and Carmel Bach Festivals, to recitals of new compositions on gut strings. They have been recipients of numerous fellowships and competition prizes — including a Fulbright grant and First Prize at the American Bach Soloists International Young Artist Competition — and they hold degrees from the Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Michigan, and Eastman School of Music. Their Hill and Hollow concert will feature Burgmüller’s String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, op. 4 and Mozart’s String Quartet in G Major, K387, “Spring.” Suggested donation: $15 general; $12 students/seniors; Kids under 12 attend free.