Dubbed “independent-minded” by The New Yorker, PUBLIQuartet presents creative, interactive programming and through a deep commitment to audience inclusion, bringing a fresh perspective to the Classical music scene. Since their inception in 2010, PUBLIQuartet has been dedicated to dedicated to presenting innovative programs spanning music from the classical repertoire to contemporary works, original compositions, and open-form improvisations that expand the role and techniques for the traditional string quartet.
PQ was selected as the Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places Ensemble as well as the winner of the 2013 Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize at the 2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition. Chamber Music America awarded PQ the 2015 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming for their outstanding programming of contemporary classical, jazz, and world chamber music.
PUBLIQuartet’s original program, MIND|THE|GAP, touches on deeper connections between traditional, modern and contemporary music by juxtaposing compositions from diverse genres through improvisation and group composition. PQ’s MIND|THE|GAP compositions have been toted as “ingenious hybrids” by Strad Magazine and “innovative music making without any condescension or compromise” by new music blog Feast of Music.
In 2014, PUBLIQuartet’s commitment to supporting emerging composers inspired the development of their innovative program, PUBLIQ Access. PQA is a genre-independent program designed to promote under-represented music for the string quartet and to support composers at the most formative point in their careers.
PQ has performed in a diverse range of venues from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to SubCulture, the Detroit Institute of Arts and Rockwood Music Hall. They have been presented by such organizations as The American Composers Orchestra, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Queens College, Music of Now Marathon at Symphony Space, and The Under the Radar Festival presented by the Public Theater. Upcoming highlights in 2015 include the release of their debut album produced and engineered by Q2 Radio’s Alex Overington and Nadia Sirota, and performances at the Newport Jazz Festival and Chautauqua Institute. Read more