The Escher String Quartet have recently returned from a tour of the UK and Australia in which they had their Wigmore Hall and Perth Festival debuts. In Australia the Eschers collaborated in the Brahms Chamber Series with artists such as Brett Dean, with whom they performed the composer’s own Eclipse, and Allan Meyer.
The group received excellent reviews despite several hiccups- first violinist Adam Barnett-Hart had a nosebleed on stage at the Wigmore Hall during Bartok’s 5th Quartet and Pierre Lapointe’s viola suffered severly in the Australian heat! Classical Source wrote that the Quartet were “able to re-captivate the audience with immediate effect” post nosebleed; Brett Dean and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra were kind enough to come to Pierre’s aid and lend him an instrument.
The Escher Quartet in the Brahms Chamber Weekend at the Perth Festival:
“three concerts, masterful performers, impeccable technique and sensuous melodies and timbres.”
Ilario Colli, Limelight Magazine, 24 February 2012
“It was a joy to the ear, a highlight of the series – and heard to excellent advantage in the finely appointed Heath Ledger Theatre.”
Neville Cohn, West Australian, 20 February 2012
“It put a resounding cheerfulness in the air, and I would not have been surprised if the performers leapt off their chairs and moved to the music as the piece drew enthusiastically to its conclusion.”
Anna Locke, Australian Stage, 19 February 2012