"A perfect encapsulation of today's trends in chamber music" - The Washington Post


Founded in 2010, PUBLIQuartet’s creative programming lends a fresh perspective to the Classical music scene.  Dedicated to presenting new works for string quartet, PUBLIQuartet’s genre-bending programs span the classical canon and often feature open-form improvisations that expand the techniques and aesthetics of the traditional string quartet. These distinctive qualities led New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to name PUBLIQuartet as 2016-17 MetLiveArts Ensemble-in-Residence, which sparked a series of concerts in various spaces at the Met. The unique programs created by PUBLIQuartet for each performance during this Residency included collaborators such as Andy Akiho, Ian Rosenbaum, Nadia Sirota, Helga Davis, and James Carter.  Those successes for MetLiveArts have led to a busy 2017-18 touring season across the US, including performances like their DC debut on the Washington Performing Arts series and a special performance of John Corigliano’s epic String Quartet at Wolf Trap, which celebrated the composer’s 80th birthday. Recent career highlights include PQ’s debut at Lincoln Center on the Great Performers series and a sold-out debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, along with a wide variety of venues/festivals and a special appearance with Grammy-winning pianist/composer Billy Childs at the Newport Jazz Festival.  In 2016, PUBLIQuartet was selected by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform a 90-minute improvised “soundtrack” to the final Presidential Debate, which was streamed live on the Late Show’s Facebook page and has garnered over one million views. PUBLIQuartet’s commitment to support emerging composers inspired their innovative program, PUBLIQ Access,  which was designed in 2014 to promote emerging composers and continues to present a wide variety of under-represented music for string quartet, including jazz, electronic, non-notated, world and improvised music. Other current projects include MIND|THE|GAP, an original program that PUBLIQuartet developed in 2011 to generate interest in new music while also engaging traditional classical music audiences.  MIND|THE|GAP has been described by The Strad as “ingenious hybrids…bridging the divide between diverse musical genres through group improvisation”. Visit PUBLIQuartet


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