Escher String Quartet – Jan 19

Sunday, January 19, 2020 • 2 pm (1:15 pm pre-concert forum)

Escher String Quartet with David Speltz, cello

“The Escher Quartet tends to make everything they play sound like a masterpiece, or like the performance could not be bettered.” – The New York Classical Review





Joining the esteemed Escher Quartet to perform Schubert’s “Quintet for Strings in C Major” will be InConcert’s principal cellist David Speltz, also the father of cellist Brook Speltz, and violinist Brendan Speltz.





$38 general (website purchase includes $4 online fee)

Youth 5-17 free with adult (call 530-273-3990 to reserve your ticket)


Venue – Seventh-day Adventist Church, Grass Valley (click here for directions)

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Six Bagatelles, Op. 9   —  Webern

Quartet in A Minor — Kreisler

Quintet for Strings in C Major, D. 956 — Schubert



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The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. A former BBC New Generation Artist, the quartet has performed at the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall and is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall, London. In its home town of New York, the ensemble serves as Season Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where it has recently performed quartet cycles of Beethoven and Zemlinksy.  


The 2019-2020 season finds the Escher Quartet touring the U.S. extensively, performing in numerous cities and venues including Lincoln Center, the Morgan Library, Rockefeller University – all in NYC, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, Wolf Trap National Park in Vienna, VA, and Perelman Theater in Philadelphia, among others.  


The Escher Quartet has made a distinctive impression throughout Europe, with recent debuts including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, London’s Kings Place, Slovenian Philharmonic Hall, Les Grands Interprètes Geneva, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and Auditorium du Louvre. With a strong collaborative approach, the group has appeared at festivals such as the Heidelberg Spring Festival, Budapest’s Franz Liszt Academy, Dublin’s Great Music in Irish Houses, the Risør Chamber Music Festival in Norway, the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival and the Perth International Arts Festival in Australia.


Recordings of the complete Mendelssohn Quartets, released on the BIS label in 2015-2017, were received with the highest critical acclaim.  The Escher’s most recent recording – quartets of Dvorak, Borodin, and Tchaikovsky, was met with equal enthusiasm.  The quartet has also recorded on the Naxos label, the complete Zemlinsky String Quartets in two volumes to accolades including five stars in the Guardian with “Classical CD of the Year”, a Recommendation in The Strad, “Recording of the Month” on MusicWeb International and a nomination for a BBC Music Magazine Award.





David Speltz began his formal studies with Eleanore Schoenfeld after being introduced to the cello by his father.  Later, he joined the Gregor Piatigorsky Master Class at USC.

Speltz earned a Master’s degree in mathematics from UCLA, but soon realized that the cello was the path to follow.  During this period, he co-founded the Arriaga Quartet, which went on to win First Prize in the Coleman Competition.

As a member of the ensemble Musical Offering, Speltz performed at the Library of Congress, Lincoln Center, and the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico.  He recorded for the Nonesuch label.

David Speltz has been active for many years on many Los Angeles chamber music series and participated in summer festivals throughout the United States.  He was a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra under Sir Neville Marriner, and served as principal cellist of the California Chamber Orchestra under Henri Temianka.

In 1989 Speltz served as principal cellist for the German conductor Helmuth Rilling at the Bach Collegium Stuttgart.

David Speltz has been active in the motion picture industry in Los Angeles for more than 45 years – playing in studio orchestras for over 1000 movies from The Godfather to Star Wars.

David is also the principal cellist for the InConcert Sierra Orchestra!


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