Sunday, May 24, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Part of Pentangle’s Classical Music Series
Suggested Donation $10.
The Lamartine Quartet (formerly the Quartet Bussieres) was formed by four long-time musician friends as part of an initiative to bring first-rate chamber music programs to the Saône-et-Loire area of Burgundy, as well as to New England and New York audiences. The members of the quartet are violinist Bruno Eicher (Assistant Concertmaster, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) and Elizabeth Chang (Faculty, University of Massachusetts and Juilliard Pre-College); violist Nardo Poy (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra) and Kari Docter (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra).
About the Artists
French-born Bruno Eicher is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, which he joined in 2001, after serving previously as Assistant Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and before that of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. His wide-ranging orchestral experience includes playing for the New York and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Eicher has performed extensively throughout Europe, the U.S. and South Korea and in New York is a member of the Met Chamber Ensemble, which performs regularly at Carnegie Hall. In 1992, he was the second prize winner of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition.
Elizabeth Chang, violin, has established a multifaceted career as performer, teacher, and arts administrator. She has given solo recitals throughout the US, as well as in Europe and South America and has appeared as soloist with orchestras in both the US and Europe, most notably the Orchestra of St. Lukes and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She is currently a faculty member of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and New York’s Juilliard School. Chang is artistic director and founding member of The Lighthouse Chamber Players on Cape Cod and has performed, recorded, and toured extensively, both in this country and abroad. She also co-organized the first Five College New Music Festival, which took place in September 2009 in Amherst Massachusetts.
Nardo Poy, viola, has been a member of the world-renowned Orpheus Chamber Orchestra since 1978 and also appears regularly with several chamber music groups and orchestras in the New York area, including the Orchestra of St. Lukes and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He is the principal violist of the Bard Music Festival Orchestra and the New York Symphonic Arts Orchestra, and appears often in that position with the American Symphony. Poy has made more than sixty recordings with Orpheus on the Deutsche Grammophon and Nonesuch labels. He has also collaborated on a recording of vocal chamber music with Dawn Upshaw and has also recorded works by Dvorak, Griffes, Tanyev, and Piazzola.
Kari Jane Docter, cello, is a native of Minneapolis, who as a five year old performed with a Suzuki tour at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, where she met then-President and Mrs. Carter. Her later travels took her to Japan and China, where her youth orchestra participated in a nationally televised performance from the Great Wall of China. Subsequently, while working toward a Master’s degree at the Juilliard School, she was awarded second prize in a Minnesota Orchestra competition, earning her a performance on New York’s WQXR. In the fall of 2002, she joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. A lover of chamber music, Kari has nevertheless been heard at such prestigious music festivals as Marlboro, Tanglewood, and the Grand Teton Music Festival.