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Jonathan Biss, piano and Elias String Quartet

San Francisco Performances

San Francisco Performances Jonathan Biss, piano and Elias String Quartet

Elias Quartet’s San Francisco Debut

“Schumann composed his string quartets while undertaking a close study of Bach’s fugues with his wife,” says Biss. “But Purcell, with his mix of intricate counterpoint and formal freedom, is probably even closer to the spirit of the Opus 41 quartets”. The music of Timothy Andres, a highly creative young American composer who is equally conversant with a wide variety of musical styles, is a demonstration of just how far and wide Schumann’s influence has reached.”

“The Elias is the best young quartet I’ve come across in years.” –The Times of London

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WORLD PREMIERE (piano and strings)


String Quartet in A minor Op. 41, No. 1; Piano Quartet, Op. 47


Fantasias (string quartet)


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March 20, 2013

In his quest to illuminate the life work of Robert Schumann, the fascinating pianist Jonathan Biss has enlisted the Elias String Quartet to pair Schumann’s string quartet and piano quartet in E-flat, with Henry Purcell’s string fantasias. 

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