Los Angeles Piano Quartet
The Los Angeles Piano Quartet made its debut at The Music Center in Los Angeles in 1977, and soon earned recognition as America’s premier piano quartet. The vibrant ensemble has been repeatedly re-engaged by major chamber music presenters, and hailed by the public and press in New York, Washington, Detroit, St. Louis, Chicago, Dallas, St. Paul, Phoenix, Houston, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The Quartet has been a popular guest on Minnesota Public Radio’s “St. Paul Sunday” and New York’s “Live from WNCN,” and has been featured at the Bermuda and Tucson Festivals and the Eugene and Carmel Bach Festivals.
Following an impressive international debut at the Cheltenham Festival in England, the Los Angeles Piano Quartet was engaged for an appearance at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and an extensive tour of Europe. Highlights of subsequent European tours have included two additional appearances at the Concertgebouw, and concerts at the Hamburg Musikhalle and Santa Cecilia in Rome.
The Los Angeles Piano Quartet has been an active force in the creation of new works for piano quartet, commissioning works from such prominent contemporary composers as Stephen Hartke, Gerard Schurmann, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Stucky, whose piano quartet had its premiere performance by the LAPQ at the 2005 Tucson Festival. The ensemble has been supported in this activity by the National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America.
Their recordings include the 2009 Chandos release of works by composer Stephen Hartke, Dvorak and Schumann on the MusicMasters label, and the two Fauré piano quartets on Pickwick.