06. May 2020 - 19:30 till 21:30
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Peggy Rockefeller Concert Series: Escher Quartet with Roman Rabinovich | Caspary Auditorium | Wednesday, 06. May 2020

The 2019-2020 Peggy Rockefeller Concert Series featuring the Escher Quartet with Roman Rabinovich
Tickets on sale now!  Learn more about The Peggy Rockefeller Concert Series, this year's artists, and purchase tickets at www.rockefeller.edu/peggy.
Individual Ticket $30 | Student/Postdoc Ticket $10

The Escher Quartet, featuring Adam Barnett-Hart (violin), Danbi Um (violin), Pierre Lapointe (viola), and Brook Speltz (cello), has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. Former BBC New Generation Artists, the Quartet has performed in London at the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall and is a regular guest ensemble at Wigmore Hall. In its home town of New York, the ensemble serves as Season Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The Quartet has made a distinctive impression internationally with recent debuts in Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Geneva, Tel Aviv, and Paris. They continue to thrive in the United States as well, performing at the Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin Music Festival, and the Ravinia and Caramoor festivals. For their Zemlinsky String Quartet recordings (2013-2014), the ensemble earned the “Classical CD of the Year” from The Guardian and a nomination for a BBC Music Magazine Award. Currently the String Quartet in Residence at Southern Methodist University, the Quartet fervently supports the education of young musicians. The Escher Quartet takes its name from the Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, inspired by Escher’s method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole.
Roman Rabinovich, who has been praised by The New York Times for his “uncommon sensitivity and feeling,” is the winner of the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. He has performed throughout Europe and the United States in such prestigious venues as Gewandhaus (Leipzig), Wigmore Hall (London), the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Cité de la Musique (Paris), Lincoln Center (New York), and the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage (Washington DC). In addition to his talents as a performer, Rabinovich is also a composer and visual artist. In summer of 2016, he embarked upon the Haydn Project, encompassing artwork inspired by Haydn, as well as recitals of Haydn’s complete keyboard sonatas at the Bath Festival in the UK and partial cycles at the Lammermuir Festival in Scotland and ChamberFest Cleveland.
The Peggy Rockefeller Concert Series consists of six musical performances each year by internationally acclaimed artists in a venue unmatched in New York City—the University’s Caspary Auditorium. Designed by renowned architect Wallace Harrison in the 1950s, Caspary Auditorium was part of a mid-twentieth century expansion of the Rockefeller University campus. With its intimate scale, clear sight lines, and superb acoustics, Caspary provides an extraordinary musical experience.
In 1958, Rockefeller chemist Theodore Shedlovsky, an ardent music lover, invited a group of his musician friends to perform in the new auditorium, and the Rockefeller Concert Series was born. After beloved concert-goer Peggy Rockefeller, wife of honorary chairman and life trustee David Rockefeller, passed away in 1996, President Torsten Wiesel proposed that the concerts be renamed in her honor. For many years, Dr. Shedlovsky put together spectacular concerts, presenting high-caliber musicians and ensembles. Later, he entrusted the concert management to his colleague Gerald Edelman, a Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist. Currently organized by Professor George N. Reeke, Jr., The Peggy Rockefeller Concerts remain a faculty initiative, exemplifying the important partnership of science and music.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.rockefeller.edu/peggy.