Microcosmos was formed in Vancouver in the spring of 2010 to perform the rich repertoire of string quartets written in the past 100 years. The quartet takes advantage of the compactness and portability of a string quartet - four chairs and adequate light are all that is required - to present some of the greatest music of the 20th century and of our time in intimate spaces for an audience that can experience the music close at hand, in small and sometimes unusual venues: private homes, clubs, small halls, public and commercial buildings.

The six quartets of Béla Bartók form the core of the quartet’s repertoire, with one of his quartets on each program, complemented by important related works, including those by Canadian composers.

“...thank you for learning and programming these wonderful pieces! It is a sincere joy to see his music performed and performed so well! I took a number of non-musicians to see you last set of concerts and the response was overwhelmingly positive from everyone who came, it is truly wonderful to be able to communicate the beauty and excitement of these pieces at all, but in a way especially so for people who would otherwise never come across in a fresh and living way.”

  1. -Martin Reisle, composer



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