Espressivo! Piano Quartet

Thursday, March 14, 7:30 pm, Sweeney Concert Hall

Anna Polonsky, piano, Jaime Laredo, violin, Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola, Sharon Robinson, cello. Mozart: Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, K. 493, Mendelssohn: Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 1, Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25.

Taken from Espressivo!’s website:

Four great artists with a passion for chamber music have formed an exciting new quartet that is bound to become an audience favorite.  Each of them is known for wonderfully expressive playing, so it seemed that ESPRESSIVO! was the perfect name for this new quartet of piano and strings.

For decades, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson, together with their piano trio partner the late Joseph Kalichstein, were considered “chamber music royalty” (Washington Post), a term that applies equally to their ESPRESSIVO! partners – the stellar violist Milena Pájaro-van de Stadt (formerly of the Dover Quartet) and award-winning pianist Anna Polonsky, one of chamber music’s most sought-after partners.

The handful of captivating concerts that they have already played together were full of the virtuosity, musicality and joy that makes for a truly memorable chamber music experience. We know that ESPRESSIVO! will captivate your audience with exceptional works that we don’t hear often.

Considered among the special treasures of the chamber music literature are the quartets for piano and strings of Brahms, Dvořák, Mozart, Fauré, among others.  These works, along with possible pairings of fascinating duos, or the addition of double bass for Schubert’s glorious “Trout” will form the basis of this vibrant ensemble’s programs. There aren’t likely to be more compelling interpreters than the members of ESPRESSIVO! Read more on their website.