On Friday, September 7, 2018, the award-winning Tesla Quartet (Ross Snyder & Michelle Lie, violins; Edwin Kaplan, viola; Serafim Smigelskiy, cello) releases its debut album, Haydn, Ravel, and Stravinsky, on Orchid Classics. The record features performances of Ravel’s String Quartet in F major; Haydn’s String Quartet in C major, Op.54 No.2; Stravinsky’s Concertino for String Quartet; and three works by Ravel newly arranged for string quartet by Tesla violinist Ross Snyder: Menuet sur le nom d’Haydn, Menuet antique, and Menuet in C sharp minor.
We're recording our second album with clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, and we'd love your support!
When we met clarinetist Alex Fiterstein during the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival in North Carolina, it was love at first sound - we knew we HAD to make an album together!
With Tesla Quartet’s debut album now in the capable hands of Orchid Classics, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to return to Wyastone Studios in the UK to collaborate on four exceptional clarinet quintets:
Congratulations to Steven Snowden, winner of our 2017 Call for Scores! Steven's quartet, Appalachian Polaroids, is a striking single-movement work that draws inspiration from folk songs and fiddling of Appalachia and incorporates a 1976 field recording of Sheila Kay Adams singing Black is the Color in Asheville, NC.
September 25, 2017— New York based Tesla Quartet first performed on the Bing Concert Hall stage during the 2017 St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar at Stanford. As winners of the 2017 John Lad Prize, they will return next season to perform as guests of Stanford Live.
As we approach the start of a new concert season, we thought we'd share a few highlights from this summer's activities. In June, we spent a week at Stanford University as part of the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar. We had a great time performing with the St. Lawrence Quartet in a Sinfonia by CPE Bach and the Mendelssohn Octet, and we had the opportunity to work with the wonderful Osvaldo Golijov, whose Tenebrae we'll be performing later this season. We're looking forward to returning to Stanford this fall for a residency in their Emerging String Quartet Program.