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51st Chamber Music
Concert Season

Balourdet Quartet

Angela Bae, violin | Justin DeFilippis, violin | Benjamin Zannoni, viola | Russell Houston, cello
  ​Tuesday, April 2, 2024
  7:30 PM Harris Concert Hall
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Chamber Music's New Sensation!

Violinist Justin DeFilippis & Cellist Russell Houston send their greetings to Memphis 
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 Winning Classical Music's Most Prestigious Competitions 

Avery Fisher Career Grant 2024 Award Winner 

Chamber Music America’s 2024 Cleveland Quartet Award

Grand Prize 2021 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition 
Top Prize 2021 Premio Paolo Borciani in Reggio Emilia, Italy 

Chamber Music America's 2021 Classical Commissioning Grant 

Gold Medal 2020 Fischoff Competition 

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Music Program


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Beethoven, String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59, Razumovsky, No. 1 (1806)  

Schubert, String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887 (1826)


"Soulful Serenades

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“so electrifying was this young, ebullient foursome that anything could be allowed…It was an outward love affair played with love…winning from this most winning ensemble.” 
     – The Classical Music Network

The Quartet

     The celebrated Balourdet Quartet (pronounced bal-orr-DAY) produces both emotionally intense and intimate moments on international stages. Its unique closeness and willingness to take creative risks earned it the 2024 Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as Chamber Music America’s 2024 Cleveland Quartet Award. With more than 70 concerts per season, recent highlights include the Balourdet’s debuts at Carnegie and Wigmore Halls, and new string quartets by composers Karim Al-Zand and Paul Novak through grants from Chamber Music America (2021) and the Barlow Foundation (2023). They are currently the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and are recent graduates of the New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Program.  

For the 2023-24 season, the Balourdet has a full year of concerts, residencies, and exciting projects scheduled. They will return to the La Jolla Music Society, Montgomery Chamber Music, Nevada Chamber Music Festival, and Schneider Concert Series and will make debuts in Atlanta, Memphis, Houston, and San Antonio. Collaborations include pianists Marc-André Hamelin, Simone Dinnerstein, Stewart Goodyear, and violist Jordan Bak. During this season, they also begin their position as String Quartet in Residence with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle in North Carolina.  
The Balourdet journey began in 2018 in the mountains of New Mexico at the Taos School of Music, where violinists Justin DeFilippis, Angela Bae, and cellist Russell Houston first bonded as friends over long evenings of chamber music, luxurious Peppermint Schnapps and extravagant meals created by chef extraordinaire Antoine Balourdet, a renaissance man with an exceptional love of life and music. It was the friendships, a shared passion for music and food, and gratitude for the role the festival played in the formation of the quartet, that inspired the members to name the ensemble in Chef Balourdet’s honor.  

About Quartet


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