Semiosis Quartet cares about inclusive representation. Our programming includes works from composers of diverse ethnicities, nationalities, gender identities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We know that there is much to be done to create a community of equity and diversity and are constantly working to promote the values we hold closest to our hearts.
Boston-based Semiosis Quartet was formed in 2014. Described by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as “astonishing,” the quartet is quickly gaining a reputation as a dynamic ensemble dedicated to presenting the string quartet repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries.
In the 2018-19 season, Semiosis Quartet appears in collaborations with Ogni Suono, The Boston New Music Initiative, and Percussionisms, as well as making their Southwest debut at the Oh My Ears! Festival in Phoenix, AZ. As the recipient of a grant from the American Music Project, the quartet will also present a program of American women composers including Florence Price, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Shelley Washington, and Caroline Shaw.
Semiosis continually seeks to expand the quartet repertoire, and has commissioned and premiered works by composers including Curtis Hughes, Aaron Jay Myers, and Camila Agosto. They have performed at festivals including New Music Gathering, the Re:Sound New Music Festival in Cleveland, the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy, and the Deer Valley Music Festival. Other highlights of past seasons include appearances as part of the Equilibrium Concert Series, the Church of the Advent Library Concert Series, and August Noise JP. Deeply committed to music education, Semiosis has worked closely with student composers, musicians, and faculty at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Tufts University, MIT, and Bowling Green State University.
The quartet’s name refers to the process of using a message or symbol to communicate. The audience interprets the message to derive meaning. Study of this process crosses the boundaries of linguistics, anthropology, and biological sciences. Likewise, Semiosis Quartet demonstrates how the contemporary string quartet repertoire is a vehicle for a diverse collection of narratives from around the world.