Throughout its distinguished career the Esterhazy Quartet has delighted audiences on three continents, performing at venues such as the Haydn Festspiele in Austria, the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, and the Beethoven Society in Santiago de Chile. Critics have praised the Esterhazy Quartet for its intelligence, refinement, and warmth of sound, described as a "velvety palette of tonal colors" (La Nación, Buenos Aires).
Taking its name from Prince Nikolaus Esterházy, the patron of composer Joseph Haydn (considered the "father" of the string quartet), the Esterhazy Quartet has appeared at numerous important music festivals in the United States and abroad over the last four decades. The quartet has frequently performed live on National Public Radio.
Formed in 1968 as the ensemble-in-residence of the University of Missouri, the Esterhazy Quartet is widely recognized for its commitment to performing and promoting the music of our time, especially modern music of the Americas. The group maintains one of the largest collections of Latin American string quartets in the United States, and is responsible for the commission, world premiere, and recording of several new American string quartets.
In addition to collaborating with contemporary composers, the Esterhazy Quartet actively promotes the advancement of the string quartet art form through master classes, seminars, and workshops for young performers and composers, including its annual residency for composers at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and a yearly summer chamber music seminar at the University of Missouri.
George Sebastian Lopez, pianist, has been featured across the globe. He received critical acclaim for his interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in Amsterdam and performed the complete cycle of Beethoven piano concertos in his last two concert seasons. He was hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his “musical perspective, continuity, and kaleidoscopic colors.”
Lopez just returned from Italy, where he performed in a music festival in Umbria. He is currently artist-in-residence at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where he lives with his wife and two children. He will be going on a European tour in March 2012 with the Bowdoin College chamber choir performing a new work for solo piano and chorus especially written for them.