We care about representing music from the entirety of our community. Our programming reflects works from composers of diverse ethnicities, stylistic approaches, social standing, identities, etc. We know that there is much to be done to create a community of equity and diversity and are constantly striving to promote the values we hold closest to our hearts.
Boston-based Semiosis Quartet, formed in 2014, is quickly gaining a reputation as a dynamic ensemble dedicated to presenting the string quartet repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries.
The ensemble’s 2017-18 season is headlined by a concert featuring composers from Central America, South America, and Mexico, part of an ongoing effort to present work by voices traditionally underrepresented in the new music community. They will also perform repertoire by Shih-Hui Chen, Anthony Green, Sofia Gubaidulina, Eric Nathan, Toru Takemitsu, Caroline Shaw, and local composers Steven Snowden and Jason Huffman. Semiosis continually seeks to expand the quartet repertoire, and has commissioned and premiered several works. In 2016 they presented the world premiere of Curtis Hughes’ String Quartet No. 2, and the 2017-18 season includes a commission by Aaron Jay Myers.
Semiosis Quartet was appointed Ensemble-in-Residence at the 2016 Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. Previously they worked with the JACK Quartet, the Muir Quartet, and composer Joan Tower as part of the Emerging Quartets and Composers program at 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, and Bowling Green State University.
The quartet’s name refers to a process where a subject uses 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.