Semiosis Quartet strives to achieve meaningful inclusivity in our programming. Our repertoire 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, diversity, and accessibility and are constantly working to promote these values.
Described by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as “astonishing,” Boston-based Semiosis Quartet is quickly gaining a reputation as a dynamic ensemble dedicated to presenting the string quartet repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries.
In August 2019, Semiosis appeared at Tanglewood with Bill Barclay and Concert Theatre Works in a production of The Black Mozart, featuring the music of the Chevalier de Saint-Georges. During the 2018-19 season, they also collaborated in performances with Ogni Suono, The Boston New Music Initiative, and Percussionisms; made their Southwest debut at the Oh My Ears! Festival in Phoenix; and appeared at the International Alliance for Women in Music Conference. As the recipient of a grant from the American Music Project, the quartet will 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, Camila Agosto, and Angela Elizabeth Slater.
The quartet has performed at festivals including New Music Gathering, the Re:Sound New Music Festival in Cleveland, the Cortona Sessions for New Music, 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 is on the faculty at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s High School Composition Intensive, and has worked closely with student composers, musicians, and faculty at 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 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.