Harlem Quartet

Harlem Quartet

Saturday, February 2, 2013 8:00 PM, Smith Theatre;
Pre-concert discussion 7:15 PM -- the Quartet with Holly Thomas, Artistic Director

The Harlem Quartet brings skill and wit to performances, demonstrating magnificent ensemble playing of both contemporary and classical repertoire.


Turina: La Oración del Torero, Op. 34
Haydn: Quartet in D minor, Op. 76 No. 2, "Fifths"
Chick Corea: Adventures of Hippocrates
Mozart: Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421
Piston: Quartet No. 1


Photos by Paul Wiancko

The Harlem Quartet, praised for its "panache" by The New York Times, is "bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent," says the Cincinnati Enquirer. The quartet's mission is to advance diversity in classical music, engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers.

Since its public debut in 2006 at Carnegie Hall, the ensemble has performed throughout the U.S. as well as in France, the U.K., Belgium, Panama, Canada, and recently in South Africa, where under the auspices of the U.S. State Department in May 2012 they spent two weeks on tour performing concerts and participating in outreach activities. Also in 2012 they completed their second year in the Professional String Quartet Residency Program at New England Conservatory and participated in NEC's string quartet exchange program in Paris, working with violinist G√ľnter Pichler in a masterclass setting.

Harlem Quartet performing West Side Story concerto with Chicago Sinfonietta.


Ilmar Gavilan - violin
Melissa White - violin
Jaime Amador - viola
Matthew Zalkind, cello