Dubbed “independent-minded” by The New York Times, PUBLIQuartet’s creative programming lends a fresh perspective to the Classical music scene. Founded in 2010, PQ’s innovative programs span arrangements from the classical canon, contemporary works, original compositions, and open-form improvisations that expand the techniques and aesthetic of the traditional string quartet.
This season PQ is the Quartet-In-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, performing curated concerts, integrated talks, and educational performances throughout the various galleries, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, and the Cloisters. PQ was selected as the Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places Ensemble at the 2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition, winning their 2013 Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize. Hailed by WQXR as a “…‘genre-independent’ quartet that not only vehemently supports emerging composers, but also composes collectively – a rare occurrence in this field,” the group received Chamber Music America’s 2015 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award for outstanding and innovative approaches to contemporary classical, jazz, and world chamber music.
PUBLIQuartet’s commitment to supporting emerging composers inspired their innovative program, PUBLIQ Access. PQA is designed to promote composers at the most formative point in their careers and presents under-represented music in the string quartet repertoire in a variety of styles; from classical, jazz, electronic, to non-notated, world, and improvised music. In its first two years, the program has received over 250 submissions from composers across the U.S. PQ recently recorded these works on their debut album, and every PUBLIQuartet concert highlights at least one PUBLIQ Access composition, bringing exposure of this music to the widest possible reach, including their sold-out Carnegie Hall debut and newly released self-titled debut album on CAG Records.
MIND|THE|GAP, described by The Strad as “ingenious hybrids", is an original program which was developed by PUBLIQuartet in 2011 to generate an interest in new music and keep traditional classical music relevant to modern audiences. Intertwining compositions from seemingly disparate genres, their “ingenious, freewheeling hybrids” (STRAD magazine) touch on deeper connections between traditional, modern and popular music through improvisation and group composition. PQ’s MIND|THE|GAP compositions have been proclaimed as “remarkable” and “innovative music making without any condescension or compromise” (Feast of Music). The ensemble was featured in the Winter 2015 issue of Symphony Magazine as “Leaders of the New School” for their “audacious rearranging of beloved masterworks.”
PUBLIQuartet has performed in a diverse range of venues from Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall to the Detroit Institute of Arts, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and Newport Jazz Festival. They have been presented by such institutions as the Detroit Jazz Festival, Chautauqua Institution, Virgina Arts Festival, Strathmore Hall, American Composers Orchestra, Columbus Museum of Art, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Music of Now festival at Symphony Space, and National Sawdust. They have collaborated with members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), JACK Quartet, Nadia Sirota, and jazz legends, Billy Childs, Bob Stewart, Spencer Barefield, Marc Cary, and Don Byron. Graduates from the Mannes School of Music and Eastman School of music, their mentors include members of the Muir, Juilliard, Orion, Mendelssohn, Tokyo, American, and Brentano String Quartets and composers Laura Kaminsky, Joan Tower, and Butch Morris. They have participated in residencies at the Juilliard String Quartet Program, Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, Deer Valley Music Festival, Shouse Institute, and Banff Centre.