Diderot String Quartet—named after the prominent eighteenth-century French philosopher and Boccherini enthusiast Denis Diderot—came together in 2012 after having first met at Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School. The four musicians share a background in historical performance and a passion for the string quartet genre; they quickly found the thrill of exploring the latter repertoire on period instruments to be irresistible. Diderot String Quartet brings a fresh approach to both familiar and lesser-known works of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Recent and upcoming engagements for DSQ include Music Before 1800 (New York City), Renaissance & Baroque (Pittsburgh), Carmel Bach Festival, St. Cecilia Music Series (Austin, TX) and Great Performances at the Toledo Museum of Art. In the 2017 – 18 season, Diderot will make its Canadian debut with Early Music Vancouver and Friends of Chamber Music Vancouver, followed by a concert with Early Music Society of the Islands in Victoria, British Columbia. The quartet also enters a third year as Quartet in Residence at the Washington National Cathedral.
Diderot has served as guest faculty for Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute, and been in residence at Aldeburgh Music in the U.K and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (New York City), and has performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Cambridge Society of Early Music. Other notable events include the recent premiere of DSQ’s first commissioned work—Small Infinities by composer Lembit Beecher—and the forthcoming release of the group’s debut album in Spring 2018.