Juilliard @ SOPAC: The Argus Quartet
The Argus Quartet is quickly gaining a reputation as one of today’s most dynamic and versatile young ensembles. Praised for their “supreme melodic control and total authority,” (Calgary Herald), some of their recent and upcoming performances include appearances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall, Roulette, the Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival, and many more festivals and prestigious concert halls.
The young artists are dedicated to reinvigorating the audience-performer relationship through innovative concerts and diverse repertoire – connecting with and building up a community of engaged listeners is at the core of the quartet’s mission.
The quartet also believes that today’s ensembles can honor the storied chamber music traditions of our past while forging a new path forward. In that spirit, their repertoire includes not just staples of the chamber music canon but also a large number of pieces by living composers.
Recent commissions include new quartets by Donald Crockett, composer and Grammy Award nominee Eric Guinivan, the 2014 Hermitage Prize winner Thomas Kotcheff, and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Juri Seo. The Argus Quartet has received grants from Chamber Music America and the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in support of their commissioning efforts.
Argus served as the Quartet in Residence at New Music on the Point under the guidance of the JACK Quartet, and was also selected as one of three ensembles to perform works from Kronos Quartet’s “Fifty for the Future” commissioning project at Carnegie Hall.
The quartet has played alongside many of today’s leading chamber musicians, including the Brentano Quartet and David Shifrin, and have performed works by some of the most important composers of our time: Augusta Read Thomas, Garth Knox, Jason Eckardt, Christopher Theofanidis, Martin Bresnick, Andrew Norman, and many more.
The Argus Quartet is the 2017-18 Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Juilliard School, where they will work closely with the Juilliard String Quartet. Argus Quartet will make their Lincoln Center recital debut with a performance at Alice Tully Hall in May of 2018.
Juilliard @ SOPAC:
A Sunday Afternoon Concert Series
with Music’s Brightest Young Stars
SOPAC is proud to partner with the famed Juilliard School to present some of the finest young musicians in the world today.
Single Tickets: $20
Senior Citizens & Students: $15