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Masterclass: Brooklyn Rider

February 04, 2014, 12:00 p.m.

710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA [map]

Brooklyn Rider stands out for its consistent refinement, globe- spanning stylistic range, do-it-yourself gumption and integration of standard repertory works into the mix.

New York Times

Credited as “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble,” (NPR), the adventurous Brooklyn Rider presents a masterclass.

Praised for its “stunningly imaginative” performances (Lucid Culture), the adventurous, intrepid string quartet Brooklyn Rider combines a wildly eclectic repertoire with a gripping performance style that attracts legions of fans and draws critical acclaim from classical, world, and rock critics. In 2003, violinist Johnny Gandelsman launched In A Circle Records in 2008 with the release of Brooklyn Rider's eclectic debut recording, Passport, followed by Dominant Curve in 2010, and Seven Steps in 2012. The first two albums made NPR’s year-end round-ups Best Classical CDs of 2008 and 50 Favorite Albums of 2010, and the third has already been chosen as an NPR listener favorite. The musicians have worked with such composers as Derek Bermel, Lisa Bielawa, Ljova, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, Jenny Scheinman, and Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky. A collaboration with Kayhan Kalhor resulted in the critically acclaimed 2008 recording Silent City, selected by as one of World Music’s Best Albums of the Decade. With a longstanding participation in Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, they have performed throughout the world, recorded three albums for Sony Classical, and have taken part in educational initiatives, family concerts, museum residencies, and media broadcasts. A public radio favorite, Brooklyn Rider has been featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, All Songs Considered, Deceptive Cadence, and All Things Considered, WNYC's Soundcheck, and American Public Media’s Performance Today, as well as NY1 News TV in New York City.