We are thrilled to announce that we have recently joined the roster of Barrett Vantage Artist! We are all very excited about this new stage for the BPQ.
With “rhythmic and expressive vitality” (The Baltimore Sun), the Bryant Park Quartet (Anna Elashvili and Ben Russell, violins; Nathan Schram, viola; Tomoko Fujita, cello) is quickly establishing itself as an accomplished string quartet through imaginative, spirited concerts. The BPQ’s “rEvolving Ear” series creates diverse programs that pair contemporary works with historical masterpieces, shedding light on both composers’ creative processes. These programs also feature BPQ originals – from arrangements of bluegrass tunes to art songs.
Emphasizing outreach wherever they perform, the BPQ have established residencies in New York, California, Iowa, Maryland, and Vermont. They are the first Ensemblein-Residence at the Stony Brook University Community Music Programs, where they also run a weeklong Summer Chamber Music Camp (a documentary video of the most recent camp can be found on the quartet’s website). As teaching artists, they have been invited to give masterclasses and chamber music seminars at Azusa Pacific, Biola, and Cornell Universities. A past recipient of the Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Program grant, they have made an impact in the communities they visit by giving interactive presentations at colleges, schools, music programs, community centers, and even some unconventional settings like local bars and art galleries.