San Francisco State’s resident string quartet continues to delight and inspire Bay Area audiences with superb performances of classical, romantic and modern repertoire. Having celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2016, the Alexander String Quartet has performed in the major music capitals of five continents, securing its standing among the world’s premier ensembles. Widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart and Shostakovich, the quartet’s recordings of the Beethoven, Bartók and Shostakovich cycles have won international critical acclaim. Since 1989 the Alexander String Quartet has been quartet in residence at SF State.
Concert Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, 3pm
Master class Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, 2pm
“As they did during the Haydn Quartet that opened the concert, the players impressed with their sure ensemble, lyricism, accurate pitch, handsome sound and technical fluidity.”
- The Boston Globe
The Alexander String Quartet’s annual calendar of concerts includes engagements at major halls throughout North America and Europe. The quartet has appeared at Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City; Jordan Hall in Boston; the Library of Congress and Dumbarton Oaks in Washington; and chamber music societies and universities across the North American continent. Recent overseas tours have brought them to the U.K., the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, France, Greece, the Republic of Georgia, Argentina, Panamá, and the Philippines. They will return to Poland for their debut performances at the Beethoven Easter Festival in 2015.
Wolfgang A. Mozart (1756-1791) String Quartet No. 22 in B flat major, K. 589 (1790)
Tarik O’Regan (b. 1978), Gradual (2016)
Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), String Quartet No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 117 (1964)