Buffalo Chamber Music Society

24 / 25 Season

Isidore Quartet

Isidore Quartet
Photo By:Jiyang Chen

October 8, 2024 @ 7:30

Mary Seaton Room, Kleinhans Music Hall

October 9, 2024 @ 7:30

Lippes Concert Hall SUNYAB
For tickets call UB at 716.645.2921


  • Adrian Steele, violin
  • Phoenix Avalon, violin
  • Devin Moore, viola
  • Joshua McClendon, cello
  • Programs

    Kleinhans Music Hall

    String Quartet in C major, K.465 ----Mozart
    Ainsi la nuit -----Dutilleux
    String Quartet in Eb major, Op.44, No.3 ----Mendelssohn


    String Quartet in F major ----Ravel
    String Quartet (1931) ----Ruth Crawford Seeger
    Five Pieces for String Quartet ----Schulhoff
    String Quartet No.2 ----Bartók
    “"Exquisite poise and balance... the Isidore projected the infinite variety that Beethoven mines. Time stood still...exceptional."” ~ Chicago Classical Review ~

    Winners of a 2023 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the 14th Banff International String Quartet Winners of a 2023 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the 14th Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2022, the New York City-based Isidore String Quartet was formed in 2019 with a vision to revisit, rediscover, and reinvigorate the repertory. The quartet is heavily influenced by the Juilliard String Quartet and the idea of 'approaching the established as if it were brand new, and the new as if it were firmly established.

    Chiaroscuro Quartet

    Chiaroscuro Quartet
    Photo By: Eva Vermandel

    November 5, 2024 @ 7:30

    Mary Seaton Room, Kleinhans Music Hall


  • Alina Ibragimova, violin
  • Pablo Hernán Benedi, violin
  • Emilie Hörnlund, viola
  • Claire Thirion, cello
  • Program

    Fantasies No.7, No.8 & No.9 ---- Purcell
    String Quartet in F minor, Op.95 ----Beethoven
    String Quartet in D minor, D.810 ---Schubert
    "without a doubt a trailblazer for the authentic performance of High Classical chamber music"~ Gramophone ~

    Formed in 2005 and dubbed ‘a trailblazer for the authentic performance of High Classical chamber music’ in Gramophone, this international ensemble performs music of the Classical and early Romantic periods on gut strings and with historical bows. The quartet’s unique sound – described in The Observer as ‘a shock to the ears of the best kind’ – is highly acclaimed by audiences and critics all over Europe.

    Hermitage Trio

    with Jordan Bak, viola
    Hermitage Trio

    December 3, 2024 @ 7:30

    Mary Seaton Room, Kleinhans Music Hall


  • Misha Keylin, violin
  • Sergey Antonov, cello
  • Ilya Kazantsev, piano
  • Program

    Piano Trio in A minor -----Amy Beach
    Phantasy for Piano Quartet ----Frank Bridge
    Thousandth Orange ----Caroline Shaw
    Piano Quartet in A minor ----Turina
    Piano Quartet No.1 ----Fauré
    "…more striking even than the individual virtuosity was the profound level of integration among the players, who showed a rare degree of ensemble from beginning to end."~ The Washington Post ~

    Now entering their second decade, the United States-based Hermitage Piano Trio has solidified its place as one of the world's leading piano trios, garnering multiple GRAMMY® Award nominations and receiving both audience and press accolades for their performances that The Washington Post singled out for "such power and sweeping passion that it left you nearly out of breath."

    Horszowski Trio

    with Masumi Per Rostad, viola
    Horszowski Trio
    Photo By:Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

    January 21, 2025 @ 7:30

    Mary Seaton Room, Kleinhans Music Hall


  • Jesse Mills, violin
  • Rieko Aizawa, piano
  • Ole Akahoshi, cello
  • Program

    Piano Trio ----Smetana
    Fantasiestücke Project
    Piano Quartet ----Saint-Saëns
    “The Horszowskis are power players... Memorably monumental.” ~ Los Angeles Times ~

    Giving performances that are "lithe, persuasive" (The New York Times), "eloquent and enthralling" (The Boston Globe), and described as "the most compelling American group to come on the scene" (The New Yorker), the Horszowski Trio has quickly become a vital force in the international chamber music world. Since their debut performance in New York City in 2011, they have toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, the Far East, and India, traversing the extensive oeuvre of traditional piano trio repertoire and introducing audiences to new music that they have commissioned and premiered.

    Balourdet Quartet

    Septura Brass
    Photo By:Kevin W. Condon

    February 18, 2025 @ 7:30

    Mary Seaton Room, Kleinhans Music Hall


  • Angela Bae, violin
  • Justin DeFilippis, violin
  • Benjamin Zannoni, viola
  • Russell Houston, cello
  • Program

    Quartet in D major, Op.64, No.5 ----Mozart
    String Quartet No.5 ----Bartók
    Quartet No.1 in E minor ----Smetana
    "Their program included Beethoven’s String Quartet Op.59, No.1’ Razumovsky’. This was first-class Beethoven playing by any measure and enough to earn the gifted young quartet a return ticket to next year’s festival." ~ Chicago Classical Review ~

    The Balourdet Quartet is an award-winning, dynamic ensemble that takes creative risks on stage, producing both emotionally intense and intimate moments. Its unique closeness and unwavering sense of team trust earned it Chamber Music America’s 2024 Cleveland Quartet Award.

    Quator Van Kuijk

    with Parker Ramsey, harp
    Van Kuijk  
    Photo By:Svend Andersen

    March 4, 2025 @ 7:30

    Mary Seaton Room, Kleinhans Music Hall


  • Nicolas Van Kuijk, violin
  • Sylvain Favre-Bulle, violin
  • Emmanuel François, viola
  • Anthony Kondo, cello
  • Program

    String Quartet in F minor Op.80 -- Mendelssohn
    La fille aux cheveux de lin ----- Debussy
    Danses --------------- Debussy
    Sonatine for Harp------------- Tournier
    Melodies ------------- Fauré
    Conte fantastique -------- Caplet
    “Style, energy and a sense of risk.These four young Frenchmen, made the music smile” ~ The Guardian ~

    The Van Kuijk Quartet’s international accolades boast First, Best Beethoven, and Best Haydn Prizes at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet competition; First Prize, and an Audience Award at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition; as well as becoming laureates of the Aix-en-Provence Festival Academy. They were BBC New Generation Artists from 2015-17, as well as ECHO Rising Stars for the 2017-18 season. 

    Jupiter Quartet

    Jupiter Quartet
    Photo By:Elle Logan

    April 8, 2025 @ 7:30

    Mary Seaton Room, Kleinhans Music Hall


  • Nelson Lee, violin
  • Meg Freivogel, violin
  • Liz Freivogel, viola
  • Daniel McDonough, cello
  • Program

    Quartet in F major, Op.77, No.2 ---- Haydn
    Entr'acte ------ Caroline Shaw
    Quartet in C minor, Op.51, No.1 ---- Brahms
    "technical finesse and rare expressive maturity" ~ The New Yorker ~

    Founded in 2001, this tight-knit ensemble is firmly established as an important voice in the world of chamber music, and exudes an energy that is at once friendly, knowledgeable, and adventurous. The New Yorker states, "The Jupiter String Quartet, an ensemble of eloquent intensity, has matured into one of the mainstays of the American chamber-music scene."