We welcomed our new first violinist Andrea Segar, who made her first official appearance as a Lydian at Brandeis University's Commencement Dinner this past Saturday night where she was welcomed by Interim President Lisa M. Lynch, Dean of Arts and Sciences Susan J. Birren, Board of Trustees Chair Perry M. Traquina, and other members of the Brandeis community. The quartet played the first movement of Ravel's String Quartet, which will be performed in its entirety at the beginning of next season. We will be announcing the rest of our repertory and season soon, and will have new photos and videos too. Stay tuned!
Brandeis University and the Lydian String Quartet will be accepting applications for the position of first violinist / associate professor of the practice until November 30, 2015. To learn all the details on how to apply for the position, click on button below!
We are thrilled to welcome our new violist Mark Berger to the Lydian Quartet!
An international search led to Berger, who is familiar to audiences through his performances with the Boston area’s finest musical organizations, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Emmanuel Music, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Musica Viva, and the Worcester Chamber Music Society. He has recently been featured as violist with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players and composer/pianist Thomas Adès, as a soloist in works by Gérard Grisey and Jérôme Combier with Sound Icon, and has premiered a number of works by established composers. Berger also has been affiliated with a number of local colleges and summer festivals as a private teacher, chamber music coach, and teacher of music theory and composition.
Also an acclaimed composer, Berger has been awarded prizes from organizations such as the League of Composers/ISCM, ASCAP and the Rapido Composition Competition. He has composed both instrumental and vocal music, and earned a Ph.D. in composition from Brandeis.
Berger began his tenure as associate professor of the practice at Brandeis in July. The Lydian String Quartet’s regular professional season will begin fall of 2014.
“I am thrilled that my future includes the opportunity to make music at the highest level with such esteemed colleagues as the Lydian String Quartet,” said Berger. “The opportunity to commune on a regular basis with the greatest works of the classical chamber music canon while at the same time pushing boundaries through new works with cutting edge composers via the LSQ Commission Prize is a dream come true.”
Mark fills the position of founding member and violist Mary Ruth Ray (1956-2013).