Escher String Quartet

Escher String Quartet

Wed. 8th March 2017

The Escher String Quartet visit Chester Celebrity Concerts for the first time to perform the final concert in the 2016/17 season. Formed in 2005, the members of the quartet are violinist Adam Barnett-Hart, violinist Aaron Boyd, viola player Pierre LaPointe, and cellist Brook Speltz. They perform an exciting programme of works by Borodin, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky.

This is full-blooded quartet playing in the grand, classic manner: extrovert and eloquent... hugely engaging music-making: BBC Music Magazine

The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. A former BBC New Generation Artist, the quartet has performed at the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall and is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall. In its home town of New York, the ensemble serves as Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Within months of its inception in 2005, the ensemble came to the attention of key musical figures worldwide. Championed by the Emerson Quartet, the Escher Quartet was invited by both Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman to be Quartet in Residence at each artist’s summer festival: the Young Artists Programme at Canada’s National Arts Centre; and the Perlman Chamber Music Programme on Shelter Island, NY.

The Escher Quartet has made a distinctive impression throughout Europe, with recent debuts including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus and Les Grands Interprètes series in Geneva. Last season also saw debuts at London’s Kings Place and Slovenian Philharmonic Hall in Ljubljana, and festival appearances at Dublin’s Great Music in Irish Houses and the Risør Chamber Music Festival in Norway.

In the current season, the quartet is undertaking further UK tours including the Wigmore Hall and making debuts at the Heidelberg Spring Festival and De Oosterpoort Groningen in the Netherlands. The ensemble is also renewing its collaboration with pianist Benjamin Grosvenor in a European tour including the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris.

The Escher String Quartet:

  • Adam Barnett-Hart - violin
  • Aaron Boyd - violin
  • Pierre LaPointe - viola
  • Brook Speltz - cello


  • Borodin - String Quartet No 2 in D major
  • Shostakovich - Quartet No 9 in E flat
  • Tchaikovsky - Quartet No 1 in D major

Venue: St Mary's Creative Space, 19:30, Wednesday 8th March 2017.

Tickets: £15 (Season ticket holders: Free).

Tickets may be purchased at the door, or in advance by telephoning  Ticketsource: 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 fee per booking), in person at the Chester Town Hall Visitor Information Centre, or online at:

Chester Music Society reserves the right to alter or cancel programmes without notice.