The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its individual sound, unparalleled artistry and unique cohesiveness.  The Quartet has performed at prestigious venues and festivals across the United States and abroad, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, 92nd Street Y and Symphony Space in New York, Boston's Gardner Museum, Dallas Chamber Music Society, Fortas Series at the Kennedy Center, New Orleans Friends of Music, University of Colorado at Boulder, Orange County Performing Arts Center and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, The Louvre in Paris, Hangzhou Grand Theatre in China, as well as at the Ravinia, Santa Fe Chamber Music, Music@Menlo, La Jolla SummerFest, Gold Coast, Caramoor, World Science, Harrogate International, Gregynog, City of London and Cheltenham Festivals.  Currently one of the BBC’s prestigious New Generation Artists, the Quartet recently completed its three-year residency as artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s “CMS Two” program and has collaborated with such eminent artists as Andrés Diaz, Lawrence Dutton, Kurt Elling, Leon Fleisher, Lynn Harrell, Wu Han, Jeffrey Kahane, Joseph Kalichstein, Pepe Romero, David Shifrin, pop folk singer-songwriter Luke Temple, Jason Vieaux and Pinchas Zukerman.

Within months of its inception in 2005, the Quartet was invited by both Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman to be quartet-in-residence at each artist's summer festival: The Young Artist Programme at Canada’s National Arts Centre and The Perlman Chamber Music Program on Shelter Island, NY.  In addition, the ensemble has served as the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at Caramoor – they performed String Quartet #4, their first commissioned work by Pierre Jalbert – and from 2007 to 2009 joined the faculty of Stony Brook University as Visiting Artist-in-Residence in a unique relationship with the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet.

The Escher begins its 2011-2012 season by performing at the opening night concert of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with Vivian Fung’s Pizzicato for String Quartet, Bottesini’s Gran duo concertante and Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings in E-flat, Op. 20.  This is the first of multiple performances at Lincoln Center during the season including Dedicated to Mendelssohn, featuring the quartet performing works by and dedicated to Mendelssohn and New Music, consisting of works by modern composers.  The Escher continues its extremely successful collaboration with guitarist Jason Vieaux with a residency for Music in the Park in St. Paul, MN, Candlelight Concerts in Columbia, MD and Newtown Friends of Music.  The Quartet is also in residency at the Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud where celebrated mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke joins them for Barber’s Dover Beach and dich, mein Gott, um meiner Zähren Willen! from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.  International engagements take the Escher to the United Kingdom for its Wigmore Hall debut with additional concerts in Perth, Norwich and Sage Gateshead.  The Quartet also debuts on tour in Turkey. 

As BBC’s ‘New Generation Artists’ for 2010-2012, the Escher records for BBC in Fall of 2011 and Spring 2012.  Additional recording projects include the complete Zemlinsky quartets for Naxos and the complete Mendelssohn quartets for BIS, to be released in Fall 2011 and Summer 2012, respectively.  Previous recordings include 2010’s Stony Brook Soundings, Vol. 1, which features the Quartet in the premiere recordings of five new works by Daniel A. Weymouth, Max Giteck Duykers, Ilari Kaila, Eugene Drucker (of the Emerson String Quartet) and Perry Goldstein; 2008’sChamber Music Society of Lincoln Center recording of Amy Beach’s Piano Quintet and Alan Louis Smith’s Vignettes: Covered Wagon Woman; and 2007’s Bridging the Ages from Music@Menlo,featuring a Boccherini Guitar Quintet with Jason Vieaux, Mendelssohn String Quartet and Bottesini’s Gran duo concertante.  Also recorded for Music@Menlo are Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for String Quartet, Purcell’s Fantasia upon One Note, Haydn’s String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 76 No. 4 “Sunrise”, Shostakovich’s String Octet, Gruenberg’s Four Diversions and Wolf’s Italian Serenade in G Major.

The ensemble takes its name from Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher and draws inspiration from the artist’s method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole.