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51st Chamber Music
Concert Season

Brentano Quartet

    Violin                                Violin                                   Viola                        Cello
  ​Tuesday, February 27, 2024
  7:30 PM Harris Concert Hall

  A Legendary Chamber Music Concert Experience  


Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim.  

Listen to a Pre-Concert Interview with Brentano Violinist Serena Canin
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"The American ensemble, by now well established in the international pantheon, offers performances both fiercely intelligent and expressively pristine."

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The Highly Acclaimed Brentano Quartet 

  • Artists-in-Residence at the Yale School of Music

  • The first Cleveland Quartet Award (1995)

  • The Naumburg Chamber Music Award (1995)  

  • Inaugural members of Chamber Music Society Two at the CMS of Lincoln Center (1996)

  • The Royal Philharmonic Award for Most Outstanding Debut (at Wigmore Hall 1997)

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Passionate           Spellbinding                Luxurious               Exhilarating          Legendary


"Make no mistake: the Brentanos are a magnificent string quartet 

….This was wonderful, selfless music making.”                                                                                                                                                        –The Times (London)




Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart     String Quartet No. 20 in D Major, K. 499, "Hoffmeister"


Dmitri Shostakovich                               String Quartet No. 8 in c Minor, Op. 110


Ludwig van Beethoven                            String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130  

About the Artists

Brentano Quartet Bio

Mark Steinberg, violin
Serena Canin, violin
Misha Amory, viola
Nina Lee, cello

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     Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim.  “Passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding,” raves the London Independent; the New York Times extols its “luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism.”
     Within a few years of its formation, the Quartet garnered the first Cleveland Quartet Award and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and was also honored in the U.K. with the Royal Philharmonic Award for Most Outstanding Debut. Since then, the Quartet has concertized widely, performing in the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York; the Library of Congress in Washington; the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; the Konzerthaus in Vienna; Suntory Hall in Tokyo; and the Sydney Opera House.
     In addition to performing the entire two-century range of the standard quartet repertoire, the Brentano Quartet maintains a strong interest in contemporary music and has commissioned many new works. Their latest project, a monodrama for quartet and voice called Dido Reimagined, was composed by Pulitzer-winning composer Melinda Wagner and librettist Stephanie Fleischmann and had its premiere in spring 2022 with soprano Dawn Upshaw.  Other recent commissions include the composers Matthew Aucoin,  Lei Liang, Vijay Iyer, James Macmillan, and a cello quintet by Steven Mackey (with Wilhelmina Smith, cello.)



“Exhilarating...this intensely physical quartet is defined by passion.”

                                                                                            –New York Times

“The Brentano String Quartet is something special…Their music-making is private, delicate, and fresh, but by its very intimacy and importance it seizes attention.”                                                                                                                           — New York Times

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“Exemplary performances…startling musical revelations.”                                                                   — The Guardian (London)

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Concerts International would like to thank Bright River Wealth Management of UBS Financial Services for their sponsorship of the Brentano Quartet concert. 

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