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The award winning Tesla Quartet perform a folk-inspired programme in Cambridge; Haydn’s ‘Zingarese’ or gypsy minuet, which shows the composer’s love of Hungarian folk music, Bartók’s ‘String Quartet No.6’ which draws on the folksong modality that is typical of his late style and Dvořák’s final ‘String Quartet’, influenced by Czech folk melodies.
Haydn: String Quartet, Op.20 No.4
Bartók: String Quartet No.6
Dvořák: String Quartet No.14, Op.105
Winner of the Gold Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Prizewinner in the 2012 London International String Quartet Competition and 2013 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, the Tesla Quartet was formed at The Juilliard School in 2008. The London Evening Standard called their rendition of the Debussy Quartet “a subtly coloured performance that balanced confidently between intimacy and extraversion,” and The Strad has praised them as “technically superb.” From 2009 to 2012, the quartet held a fellowship as the Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where they studied with the world-renowned Takács Quartet.
The quartet has enjoyed a busy performing schedule, both in the States and abroad, with appearances in Austria, England, and France. Recent engagements include concerts in Chicago, Montréal, Steamboat Springs, Long Island, Salt Lake City, Lake Tahoe, Tulsa, and the quartet’s French debut in Provence through the ProQuartet European Chamber Music Center. Highlights of the 2014-15 season included the quartet’s West Coast debut as well as a return to London for a performance at Wigmore Hall.
Inspired by Nikola Tesla’s words, “Though free to think and act, we are held together, like the stars in the firmament, with ties inseparable,” the Tesla Quartet views music as the incredible, binding force, and strives to create meaningful connections with their audiences. The Tesla Quartet is Ross Snyder (violin), Michelle Lie (violin), Edwin Kaplan (viola), and Serafim Smigelskiy (cello).
£16 or £6 students
At the Old Divinity School, St John’s College
Doors open 7.30pm