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The Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet

The Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet

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24.01.2020 - Article

The Peggy Rockefeller Concert Series presents the Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet on Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet is one of the few existing ensembles of this instrumentation, in contrast to the better represented form, the String Quartet.  This ensemble has existed as a Berlin Philharmonic chamber music ensemble since 1985, and unites three permanent members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, violist Matthew Hunter, cellist Knut Weber, and violinist Luis Esnaola, with renowned concert pianist Markus Groh.

This ensemble is committed to not only representing the standard repertoire of classical, romantic and modern works, but also finding undiscovered masterpieces of the literature that encompasses over 400 works.

The Quartet distinguished itself during its acclaimed debut tour of the US in February 2018 with the premiere of Danny Elfman’s Piano Quartet, a work co-commissioned by the Lied Center in Lincoln, Nebraska and the group itself.

Program
Frank Bridge

Phantasy Quartet
Danny Elfman
Piano Quartet
Johannes Brahms
Piano Quartet No. 1, in g minor

About the Concert Series

The Peggy Rockefeller Concert Series consists of six musical performances each year by internationally acclaimed artists in a venue unmatched in New York City—the University’s Caspary Auditorium. Designed by renowned architect Wallace Harrison in the 1950s, Caspary Auditorium was part of a mid-twentieth century expansion of the Rockefeller University campus. With its intimate scale, clear sight lines, and superb acoustics, Caspary provides an extraordinary musical experience.

In 1958, Rockefeller chemist Theodore Shedlovsky, an ardent music lover, invited a group of his musician friends to perform in the new auditorium, and the Rockefeller Concert Series was born. After beloved concert-goer Peggy Rockefeller, wife of honorary chairman and life trustee David Rockefeller, passed away in 1996, President Torsten Wiesel proposed that the concerts be renamed in her honor. For many years, Dr. Shedlovsky put together spectacular concerts, presenting high-caliber musicians and ensembles. Later, he entrusted the concert management to his colleague Gerald Edelman, a Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist. Currently organized by Professor George N. Reeke, Jr., The Peggy Rockefeller Concerts remain a faculty initiative, exemplifying the important partnership of science and Music.

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Caspary Auditorium at The Rockefeller University (1230 York Avenue, New York, NY)

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit: Rockefeller

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