Described as “radiant… exquisite… and powerfully engaged” by Mark Swed of the LA Times, the Lyris Quartet is Los Angeles’ most acclaimed and innovative string ensemble. They have collaborated closely with world-renowned artists Natalia Gutman, David Geringas, Martha Gerhardt, Myung-Whun Chung, Richard Stotlzman, as well as composers Krystof Penderecki, Andrew Norman, Steven Mackey, Paquito D’Rivera, and Gerard Schurmanand, to name a few.
The Quartet performed alongside composer/pianist Billy Childs as part of the LA Phil’s Jazz and World music series at Disney Hall and with Steve Reich at LACMA’s Bing Hall. This season, the Lyris Quartet was invited by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra to perform in their Green Umbrella series and in their tribute concert to composer Steven Stucky. New projects include innovative multimedia concerts with artists Andrew Burke and Ana Prvacki as well as opening for Kraftwerk and Ben Harper. They also gave the west coast premiere of David Lang’s The Difficulty of Crossing a Field.
The Lyris Quartet is the founding resident ensemble of the Hear Now Music Festival which focuses on the music of living Los Angeles composers. As part of this series, they have collaborated with and premiered works by Stephen Hartke, Don Davis, Arturo Cardélus, and Veronika Krausas, among others. The Lyris Quartet has recorded for Toccata Classics, ARS, and Naxos.