Balourdet Quartet

Angela Bae and Justin DeFilippis, violins

Benjamin Zannoni, viola

Russell Houston, cello

May 11, 2022

Dame Myra Hess Concerts

Dave Schwan, host


Jessie Montgomery (b. 1981) – Strum (2006;rev. 2012) (8’)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) – String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 (1893) (28’)

I. Animé et très décidé

II. Assez vif et bien rythmé

III. Andantino, doucement expressif

IV. Très modéré

The Balourdet Quartet, based in Boston, Massachusetts, is currently in residence at the  New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Program. The quartet received the Grand Prize at the 2021 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition as well as the top prize awarded in the 2021 Premio Paolo Borciani in Reggio Emilia, Italy. The group also received the Gold Medal in the 2020 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Gold Medal and Audience Award at the 2021 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, and the Second Prize in the 2019 Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition. 

Highlights of the 2021-2022 season include the Nevada Chamber Music Festival, ProMusica San Miguel de Allende, an in-person return to the Schneider Concert Series, and a recital in NEC’s Jordan Hall. During the summer, the group will perform in series including Music Mountain and Bravo! Vail, as well as a three-day residency at Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, VT. During the 2022-2023 season the quartet is thrilled to premiere a new work they commissioned by Karim Al-Zand, made possible through Chamber Music America’s Classical Commissioning Grant. 

The Balourdet has shared the stage with renowned artists including Cho-Liang Lin, as well as members of the Dover Quartet. It has performed at festivals including La Jolla Music Society Summerfest, Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and Accademia Musicale Chigiana. The Balourdet Quartet works primarily with Paul Katz at the New England Conservatory, as well as Miriam Fried and members of the Cleveland and Borromeo Quartets. The quartet was formed in 2018 at Rice University in Houston, Texas under the tutelage of James Dunham, Norman Fischer, and Cho-Liang Lin. 

The Balourdet Quartet gets its name from Antoine Balourdet, chef extraordinaire at the Hotel St. Bernard and beloved member of the Taos School of Music community.

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Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in partnership with 98.7 WFMT.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are made possible through the generosity of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in association with the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

Don’t miss pianist Zhenni Li-Cohen

next week on the

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts!

Wednesday May 18, 12:15pm

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