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Adam Barnett-Hart

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Escher Quartet

American violinist Adam Barnett-Hart has attracted worldwide attention for his sensitive musicianship and inspired artistic decisions. As the founding first violinist of the Escher String Quartet, he has performed in many of the most prestigious venues and festivals around the world including Alice Tully Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York, the Kennedy Center, the Ravinia and Caramoor Festivals, the Wigmore Hall, the Louvre, and the Concertgebouw. The quartet serves as Season Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where they have presented the complete Zemlinsky Quartets Cycle as well as being one of five quartets chosen to collaborate in a complete presentation of Beethoven’s string quartets. They were recently awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant and served as BBC New Generation Artists from 2010-12.

In Autumn 2016, the quartet released the third and final volume of the complete Mendelssohn Quartets on the BIS label. The set has been received with the highest critical acclaim; Volume II was listed in the Top 10 CDs of 2016 by the Guardian and hailed for its “sheer finesse” by Gramophone, whilst Volume III was nominated for a BBC Music Magazine Award. The quartet has also recorded the complete Zemlinsky String Quartets in two volumes, released on the Naxos label in 2013 and 2014 respectively, to accolades including five stars in the Guardian with “Classical CD of the Year”, a Recommendation in The Strad, “Recording of the Month” on MusicWeb International and a nomination for a BBC Music Magazine Award.

As a soloist, Barnett-Hart made his debut performing the Brahms Concerto in Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Symphony in 2002. He continues to solo with such orchestras as the Colorado Symphony, the Wichita Falls Symphony, the Riverside Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Jefferson Symphony. He also tours Korea as concertmaster of the Sejong Soloists.

Barnett-Hart studied with Pinchas Zukerman and Joel Smirnoff at the Juilliard School.