March 11, 2002
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.— The Brentano String Quartet will perform on Friday, March 29, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College. There will be no charge for this special concert, in which the quartet will be joined by four noted New York musicians to play Schubert’s rarely performed Octet in F major.

Since its formation in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet, made up of violinists Mark Steinberg and Serena Canin, violist Misha Amory and cellist Nina Maria Lee, has been praised for its technical brilliance, musical insight and stylistic elegance.

The Brentano String Quartet are winners of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. Its members are associated with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, which invited them to be the first members of the Chamber Music Society Two in 1995. In November 1997 the quartet ended a successful European tour with a Wigmore Hall debut in London, for which it won the Royal Philharmonic Award. The Brentano String Quartet is in residence at Princeton and New York Universities and at Wigmore Hall. The Los Angeles Times wrote of the Brentano String Quartet, “Brilliant, virtuosic and still mellow, its members perfectly meshed in sound while retaining their individual performing personalities.” “The miracle of this young American group,” claimed The Times (London) reviewer, “lies just as much in their tenderness as in their fearless attack.”

The quartet will be joined by bassoonist Mark Goldberg, clarinetist Todd Darren, Palmer William Purvis on French horn and Leigh Mesh on double bass. This free concert is made possible by the John Tennant and Elizabeth Collins Adams Fund for Music. Brentano String Quartet has a Website at; the Amherst College Concert Office has a Website at