Brooklyn Rider

23/24 Performance Season

The performances of Brooklyn Rider are always curated with a reverence for the tradition from which the quartet genre springs and a clear direction for the promise of the future. With this in mind, these programs are available for consideration in the 2022-23 season.


The Sandbox of Invention

Juxtaposing beloved and familiar works with the new and unknown, the members of Brooklyn Rider explore a boundless sandbox of musical creativity, dialogue, and play. Celebrating the medium of the string quartet itself. The concert begins with early foundational work of Haydn for the genre and takes the audience through a continuum that brings them to contemporary work.

Presenters are encouraged to participate as commissioning partners in The Sand Box of Invention


The Four Elements

The concept of four classical elements – Earth, Air, Fire, Water – as foundation for the physical world was shared across ancient cultures, including those in Greece, Egypt, Persia, Babylonia, India, and beyond. In parallel, the unique musical ecosystem of the string quartet is a balance of four equal and living elements, collectively capable of giving voice to the vast beauties and mysteries of our world as well as the highly destructive forces which, taken together, represent the single greatest challenge of our time.

In their latest project, Brooklyn Rider has assembled a novel program anchored by four works symbolically representing earth, air, fire, water; all created within the last century of accelerated and unprecedented planetary change. In addition, Brooklyn Rider has asked four brilliant composers to write new works that reflect current realities and serve as a musical call to action.

  • EARTH: New commission by Dan Trueman & Ruth Crawford Seeger (arranged by Colin Jacobsen) – Suite of American Folk Songs
  • AIR: New commission by Andreia Pinto-Correia & Henri Dutilleux – Ainsi la nuit
  • FIRE: New commission by Akshaya Avril Tucker & Dmitri Shostakovitch – String Quartet #8
  • WATER: New commission by Conrad Tao & Osvaldo Golijov – Tenebrae

Brooklyn Rider will collaborate with presenters to craft presentations around these 8 works which can contextualize the work, as well as a community-wide discussion of the ecological discussions we currently face.

Presenters are encouraged to participate as commissioning partners in The Four Elements.


Starlighter Brooklyn Rider & Kinan Azmeh, clarinet With Mathias Kunzli, percussion

Brooklyn Rider flexes its collaborative muscle with this program to include Syrian Clarinet virtuoso, Kinan Azmeh and percussionist Mathias Kunzli

COLIN JACOBSEN Mirror for a Prince
KINAN AZMEH Dabke on Martense Street
KINAN AZMEH In the Element
KINAN AZMEH The Fence, The Rooftop and The Distant Sea
LJOVA Everywhere is Falling Everywhere

Celebrating musical relationships spanning over a decade the, omnivorous string quartet Brooklyn Rider and Syrian clarinet virtuoso Kinan Azmeh join forces for the first time in a unique collaborative program that expands the notion of the clarinet quintet into a 21st century ensemble. Drawing from the deep well of creative talents within the group as well as their artistic circle, the diverse repertoire will explore various aspects of home and tradition from Syria, Brooklyn, and beyond.


Songs of Love & Death Anne Sofie von Otter & Brooklyn Rider

The Insatiably curious Anne Sofie von Otter joins Brooklyn Rider in this program featuring arrangements of songs by Franz Schubert (arranged by Osvaldo Golijov) and Rufus Wainwright (Arranged by Colin Jacobsen) offered between movements of Schubert’s dark and dramatic Death and the Maiden string quartet.