Catalyst String Quartet

  • 8:00PM
  • Saturday
  • September 9, 2017
  • Barnes Hall


Adult: $27 • Student: $19


Hailed by The New York Times at their Carnegie Hall debut as “Invariably energetic and finely burnished… Playing with earthy vigor”, the Catalyst Quartet, prize winners of the Gianni Bergamo Classical Music Award 2012 (Switzerland) is comprised of top laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition. Known for “rhythmic energy, polyphonic clarity, and tight ensemble playing”, the Quartet has toured domestically and abroad, including solo sold-out performances at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Chicago’s Harris Theater, Miami’s New World Center, and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.


Bach to South America

J. S. Bach, arr. Catalyst Quartet Selections from Goldberg Variations

Heitor VillaLobos, arr. Catalyst Quartet Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5

VillaLobos String Quartet No. 1


Astor Piazzolla, arr. Catalyst Quartet  Suite del Ángel

Alberto Ginastera String Quartet No. 2

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The Concert Series is particularly grateful to the Catalyst Quartet for their availability to perform with very short notice. As many of our ticket holders know, our season was originally planned to begin with the Simón Bolívar String Quartet. Due to the current political environment in Venezuela, the Simón Bolívar String Quartet has unfortunately been forced to postpone their North American tour. We received the following statement from the quartet’s management and from their 1st violinist:

It is with profound regret that we announce the postponement of the Simón Bolívar String Quartet North American recital tour which was scheduled in September 2017.

 Due to the current violent and impoverished situation in Venezuela, not least following last week’s election, it is almost impossible for the quartet to navigate around Caracas to make arrangements for the tour. Both the USA and Canada have withdrawn much of their diplomatic staff from the city, and there are now very few airlines operating in and out of the country. Given that the situation is expected to escalate before it is resolved the sad decision was taken to postpone this tour. 

 Alejandro Carreño, 1st violin, made the following comment:

 “This is a regrettable moment for us as Venezuelans, and a dark process of our history. Artistically this tour was very important for the quartet, and that is why we want to let the presenters and public know how sorry we are about this situation which is out of our control. We hope to reschedule these concert dates where possible, so that we can return soon to these important places. We are profoundly grateful for all the support we have received from our team and colleagues; their commitment and support is invaluable to us as artists. We very much hope to be able to perform internationally as a quartet again in the near future.”


The Cornell Concert Series sends our best wishes to the members of the Simón Bolívar String Quartet and all the people of Venezuela, and we hope for a quick, peaceful and democratic resolution to the country’s current situation.