The Quatuor Mosaiques string quartet will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday in Memorial Chapel in the Union College Concert Series.
It is the series debut of the Austrian quartet, whose gut-string performances provide audiences with a unique perspective on classic repertoire.
The program will feature Haydn’s Quartet in D Major, Op. 33, No. 6, Mendelssohn’s Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13, and Beethoven’s Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132.
Quatuor Mosaiques is regarded as the most prominent period-instrument quartet performing today. The ensemble has garnered praise for its atypical decision to use gut-stringed instruments which — in combination with its musicianship — has cultivated their unique sound.
A review in The New York Times said the following of Quatuor Mosaiques: “Ideally balanced, the group commands attention by spiking poise with bursts of passion.”
Quatuor Mosaiques has toured extensively, winning numerous prizes and establishing a substantial discography.
Formed in 1985, the group has appeared in Europe, the United States, Australia and Japan and regularly performs in Vienna, London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall.
The ensemble is often featured at European festivals such as Edinburgh, Salzburg, Luzern, Bremen, Bath, Styriarte Graz, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg and Oslo.
Quatuor Mosaiques collaborates regularly with many international artists, including pianists Sir Andras Schiff and Patrick Cohen, clarinetists Wolfgang Meyer and Sabine Meyer, and cellists Miklos Perenyi and Raphael Pidoux.
In 2006, Quatuor Mosaiques was invited to Spain to perform for King Juan Carlos I on the Monarch’s personal collection of Stradivari instruments.
Their concert represents the second straight week of string quartets at Union. Last weekend, the Takacs String Quartet opened the series season, performing Haydn, Shostakovich and Brahms.
WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Union College, Memorial Chapel
COST: $30 adults, students free
INFO: 518-388-6080, unioncollegeconcerts.org