Dubbed “adventurous” by The New York Times, PUBLIQuartet’s creative programming lends a fresh perspective to the Classical music scene. Founded in 2010, PQ is dedicated to presenting new works, original classical arrangements, group compositions, and open-form improvisations which expand the aesthetic of the string quartet. This season PQ will hold the prestigious title of Quartet-In-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, performing seven concerts throughout the various galleries, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, and the Cloisters.
PQ was selected as the Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places Ensemble at the 2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition, winning their 2013 Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize and received Chamber Music America’s 2015 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award for outstanding and innovative approaches to contemporary music. Their original program, MIND|THE|GAP, was developed by PQ in 2011 to generate a wide interest in new music and keep traditional classical music relevant to modern audiences. Intertwining compositions from seemingly disparate genres, their “ingenious, freewheeling hybrids” (The Strad) touch on deeper connections between traditional, modern and popular music through improvisation and group composition.
In 2014, PQ launched PUBLIQ Access, a genre-independent initiative which creates new works for the string quartet by today’s most innovative emerging composers. They have shared these compositions with new audiences on more than 40 concerts around the country. PQ has performed in a diverse range of venues from Carnegie Hall and SubCulture to the Detroit Institute of Arts and Jazz at Lincoln Center. They have been presented by the Detroit Jazz Festival, Chautauqua Institution, Virginia Arts Festival, American Composers Orchestra, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Music of Now Marathon at Symphony Space, and WQXR’s Terrance McKnight. Their self-titled debut album was released on CAG records in 2015.
Curtis Stewart, violin
Nick Revel, viola
Amanda Gookin, cello