Isidore String Quartet

Isidore String Quartet

May 01, 2024

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The New York City-based Isidore String Quartet delivers a captivating program exploring the human experience and the epiphanic nature of life, fresh from winning an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Works by Bach, Childs and Beethoven explore the various responses to notable moments in the composers' lives—from the explorative adventures of childhood to the inquisitive expedition that is adulthood. The up-and-coming quartet approaches the established as if it were brand new, and the new as if it were firmly established. 

The ensemble was formed in 2019 at the Juilliard School with a vision to revisit, rediscover and reinvigorate the repertory. The name Isidore recognizes the ensemble's musical connection to the Juilliard Quartet: one of that group's early members was legendary violinist Isidore Cohen.

Funded in part by the Frank L. Harrington 1924 Fund No. 3, the Aires Family Fund for the Performing Arts, and gift from Linda and Rick Roesch '60 TU'61. Photo: Jiyang Chen

Winners of a 2023 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 14th Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2022, the New York City-based Isidore String Quartet was formed in 2019. The members of the quartet are violinists Adrian Steele and Phoenix Avalon, violist Devin Moore, and cellist Joshua McClendon. The four began as an ensemble at the Juilliard School, and following a break during the global pandemic reconvened at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in the summer of 2021 under the tutelage of Joel Krosnick. 

Their Banff triumph brings extensive tours of North America and Europe, a two-year appointment as the Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence at Southern Methodist University in Dallas beginning in 2023-24, performances at Haydn Hall in Eisenstadt (in spring 2023) and the Lucerne Festival, plus a two-week residency at Banff Centre including a professionally produced recording, along with extensive ongoing coaching, career guidance and mentorship.

The Isidore Quartet has already collaborated with a number of eminent performers including Jeremy Denk and James Ehnes. Their 23/24 season will feature appearances in Berkeley (Cal Performances), Boston (Celebrity Series), Washington DC (Phillips Collection), New York (92nd St. Y), Chicago, Baltimore, Ann Arbor, Denver, Indianapolis, Tucson, Phoenix, Santa Fe, La Jolla, Aspen, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and at Dartmouth College and Spivey Hall in Georgia, among many others. European highlights include Edinburgh, Lucerne, Brussels, Amsterdam, Hanover, Frankfurt and Hamburg's ElbPhilharmonie.

Outside the concert hall, the quartet has worked with PROJECT: MUSIC HEALS US providing encouragement, education and healing to marginalized communities—including elderly, disabled, rehabilitating incarcerated and homeless populations—who otherwise have limited access to high-quality live music performance. They have also been a resident ensemble for the Contemporary Alexander School/Alexander Alliance International. In conjunction with those well-versed in the world of Alexander Technique, as well as other performers, the ISQ explores the vast landscape of body awareness, mental preparation and performance practice.

“Exquisite poise and balance…the Isidore projected the infinite variety that Beethoven mines. Time stood still…exceptional.”

Chicago Classical Review

“The commitment and artistry of this young quartet were wonderful to hear.”

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