“I’d never heard the Brentano before—this was their British debut—but I knew of their reputation. And the agile, wiry intelligence of their playing, in a constant state of alert, was every good as promised. They followed with as momentous a performance of Beethoven’s Op. 130 quartets as I’ve ever heard live…Passionate, uninhibited and spell-bounding.”
We are excited to be joining the Faculty of the Yale School of Music, starting in Fall 2014! At Yale, in addition to appearing in concert every semester, we look forward to coaching YSM’s accomplished graduate students, and to interacting with YSM’s faculty and the University community at large. For our violist Misha Amory, this appointment feels like coming full circle, as he was an undergraduate at Yale once upon a time, and coached with members of the Tokyo Quartet while there.
We will be bidding a fond farewell to Princeton University at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Our fifteen-year tenure there offered us many great experiences and some lifelong friendships, for which we are truly grateful.
We are now learning a brand new piece written for us by our friend, the fantastic composer Steve Mackey. Here’s a video we did where he talks about the piece. Come hear the world premiere in Carnegie Hall on February 12! Other performances in Yellow Barn and the Nasher Center in Dallas in November to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK.
The Brentano Quartet is now on (or at least behind) the silver screen! The critically acclaimed film “A Late Quartet”, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener, and directed by Yaron Zilberman, opened on November 2.
Based on Beethoven’s late quartet, opus 131, the film uses our new recording of this work as the basis of its soundtrack. Our cellist Nina, complete with glamorous hairdo, has a walk-on role (appearing as herself, a role she is perfectly suited for), and best of all gets to hear her name said, several times, by some of her favorite actors!
Our first violinist Mark Steinberg introduces the Fragments Project: the Quartet has commissioned several composers (Charles Wuorinen, Sofia Gubaidulina, John Harbison, Vijay Iyer, Bruce Adolphe, and Stephen Hartke) to write pieces related to fragmentary works by earlier composers (Dufay, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, and Shostakovich)