The Catalyst Quartet

The Catalyst Quartet was hailed by the New York Times at their Carnegie Hall debut as “invariably energetic and finely burnished…playing with earthy vigor.” Prizewinners of the Gianni Bergamo Classical Music Award 2012, the string quartet is comprised of alumni and top Laureates of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players. Inspired by music’s ability to transform, Catalyst Quartet seeks to change the way classical music is perceived through programming for a wide range of audiences, advancing diversity in classical music and inspiring new and young audiences with dynamic performances of cutting-edge repertoire from a wide range of composers, with a special emphasis on African-American and Latino work. The Catalyst Quartet combines a serious commitment to diversity and education with a passion for performing accessible contemporary works. The Catalyst Quartet debuted in 2010 at Carnegie Hall with the Sphinx Virtuosi string orchestra, and returned in 2011 to perform with Guarneri Quartet members Michael Tree and Peter Wiley. As the featured ensemble and principal players of the orchestra’s annual national tour, Catalyst Quartet made its Kennedy Center debut in 2012. The recently completed October/November 2013 tour included concerts in Washington DC, New York City, Chicago, and Miami, throughout the Midwest and the South, and a performance with the Houston Symphony. Featured in the celebrations opening the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, Catalyst Quartet’s school matinee sold-out the hall’s 1,000-seat capacity. Grades K-12.