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Tesla Quartet to open Willson Chamber Music Series on Sunday

From 2009 to 2012 the quartet — violinists Ross Snyder and Michelle Lie, violist Megan Mason, and cellist Kimberly Patterson — held a fellowship as the Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado - Boulder, where they studied with the world renowned Takacs Quartet.(Submitted Photo)

From 2009 to 2012 the quartet — violinists Ross Snyder and Michelle Lie, violist Megan Mason, and cellist Kimberly Patterson — held a fellowship as the Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado - Boulder, where they studied with the world renowned Takacs Quartet.(Submitted Photo)

ALBANY — The award-winning Tesla Quartet, formed at the Julliard School in 2008 and quickly established as one of the most promising young ensembles in New York, will kick off the second annual Willson Chamber Music Series at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Albany Museum of Art. The series is a collaboration between the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the art museum.

The quartet won the Gold Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, was prize winner in the 2012 London International String Quartet Competition and the 2013 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. They also earned second prize at the J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition only a few months after its inception. The London Evening Standard called their rendition of the Debussy Quartet “a subtly colored performance that balanced confidently between intimacy and extroversion,” and The Strad has praised them as “technically superb.”

From 2009 to 2012 the quartet — violinists Ross Snyder and Michelle Lie, violist Megan Mason, and cellist Kimberly Patterson — held a fellowship as the Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado - Boulder, where they studied with the world renowned Takacs Quartet.

“I am delighted to feature our first string quartet in the Willson Chamber Music Series. The string quartet is one of the most common chamber ensembles used by composers and the Tesla Quartet is one of the finest young quartets on the classical music scene today,” said Claire Fox Hillard, ASO Music Director.

The quartet has enjoyed a busy performing schedule, both in the U.S. and abroad, with concerts throughout Colorado as well as appearances in Austria, England and France. Recent engagements include the Fischoff Gold Medal Winner’s Tour of the Midwest and performances as the Quartet-in-Residence at the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO, and in Montreal and Michigan. Other engagements in the 2012-13 season included concerts in Long Island, Salt Lake City, Tennessee, Tulsa and the quartet’s French debut in Provence through the ProQuartet European Chamber Music Center.

In addition to their work with the Takacs Quartet, the Tesla Quartet has worked with Gunter Pichler and Rainer Schmidt in ProQuartet-CEMC’s professional training program. Additional coaches include the Tokyo String Quarter, the Artis Quarter, James Dunham, Curtis Macomber, Robert Mann, Sylvia Rosenberg and Michael Tree, and members of the Alban Berg, Emerson, Endellion, Kronos and Leipzig String Quartets. Recently the quartet participated in an innovative workshop with laptop performance technology in collaboration with the Boulder Laptop Orchestra. It was also the central ensemble in a unique series of master classes on classical improvisation, presented by David Dolan of London’s Guildhall School. In the summer of 2011 the quartet held a fellowship at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and in 2010 they were fellows at the Aspen Music Festival’s Center for Advanced Quartet Studies.

The quartet will perform pieces by Haydn, Mendelssohn and 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw.

Tickets are $20 per person and $10 per student with ID. Series subscriptions are $50 per person, $20 per student with ID. A post-concert reception follows the performance. To purchase tickets, contact the Symphony office at 229-430-8933 or go online to www.albanysymphony.org. Tickets will be available at the door.

The ASO’s next season concert will feature pianist Awadagin Pratt on Nov. 16 at 7:30 pm in the Albany Municipal Auditorium. The ASO is celebrating its 50th anniversary season.