Quogue Chamber Music Welcomes Ulysses String Quartet

Ulysses String Quartet. Lara St. John photo.

Quogue Chamber Music will end its 2021 season on Saturday, September 11, with the Ulysses String Quartet performing a program of Golijov in memory of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, as well as works by Haydn, Ali-Zedah and Mendelssohn.

Consisting of Christina Bouey and Rhiannon Banerdt on violin, Colin Brookes on viola and Grace Ho on cello, the quartet’s members hail from Canada, the United States and Taiwan. They hold degrees from the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory and Yale University.

The group’s name pays homage to Homer’s hero Odysseus and his 10-year voyage home. Additionally, the quartet’s members live in close proximity to the resting place of former U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant in upper Manhattan.

Performance highlights have included appearances at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Harbin Grand Theatre, Premiere Performances of Hong Kong, and Naumburg Orchestral Concerts The Quogue performance will include “Tenebrae” by Golijov, “Sunrise” Quartet by Haydn, Reqs Dance by Ali-Zadeh and Quartet in E-flat Major by Mendelssohn.

Founded in the summer of 2015, the Ulysses String Quartet won the grand prize and gold medal in the senior string division of the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and first prize in the 2018 Schoenfeld International String Competition. In 2017, the quartet finished first in the American Prize and won second prize at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. They were winners of the Vietnam International Music Competition in 2019, and recipients of a Salon de Virtuosi 2021 Career Grant.

From 2017 to 2019, the quartet was in residence at the Louis Moreau Institute in New Orleans, working with composer Morris Rosenzweig. In fall 2019, the quartet was  named as Lisa Arnhold Fellows of the Juilliard School, an appointment that has been extended through May 2022.

The Ulysses String Quartet performs on Saturday, September 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Quogue Community Hall, 125 Jessup Avenue. Tickets are $50 ($5 students) at quoguechambermusic.org. No tickets will be sold at the door. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all ticket holders must show proof of vaccination at the entrance and will be required to wear a mask throughout the concert.