Catalyst Quartet

3:00pm Saturday, November 18, 2017

Jessie Montgomery, Violin
Karla Donehew Perez, Violin
Paul Laraia, Viola
Karlos Rodriguez, Cello

Hailed by the New York Times at their Carnegie Hall debut as “invariably energetic and finely burnished… playing with earthy vigor”, the Catalyst Quartet, prize winners of the Gianni Bergamo Classical Music Award 2012 (Switzerland) is comprised of top laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition with the 2015 winner of the Seoul International Music Competition. Known for “rhythmic energy, polyphonic clarity and tight ensemble-playing”, the quartet has toured domestically and abroad including sold out performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, at Chicago’s Harris Theater, Miami’s New World Center, and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.  The Catalyst Quartet has held concert residencies at institutions such as the University of Washington, University of Michigan, Rice University, Houston’s Society for the Performing Arts, University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, and Pennsylvania State University. International residencies where they perform and give master classes have included The In Harmony Project in England, The University Of South Africa, And The Teatro de Bellas Artes in Colombia.



Hemispheres: South America

Quartet No. 1                                                                                          Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887 - 1959)
     I. Cantilena
     II. Brincadeira
     III. Canto lírico
     IV. Cançoneta
     V. Melancolia
     VI. Saltando como um Saci 


Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5                                                                   Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887 - 1959)

String Quartet                                                                                         Diego Vega (1968 - )

Angel Suite                                                                                             Astor Piazzolla (1921 - 1992) 

Quartet No. 2, Op. 26                                                                             Alberto Ginastera (1916 - 1983)


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Concert Location:

Fort Washington Collegiate Church
729 West 181st Street
New York, NY, 10033