Quatuor Diotima returns to campus for their second week-long residency, April 5-10

Quatuor Diotima in performance

From April 5 through April 10, Quatuor Diotima will complete their second week-long residency as the 2021-22 Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Chicago. During this visit, the string quartet will participate in public events with the Department of Music and the Department of Mathematics. They will also participate in events with various schools and organizations across Chicago's South Side. Among these additional engagements are visits with the Hyde Park Youth Symphony, the University of Chicago Laboratory School, and the Merit School of Music.

Quatuor Diotima is recognized around the world for interdisciplinary collaborations that cast a new light on both masterpieces of the quartet canon and contemporary additions to the genre. Formed in 1996 by graduates of the Conservatoire de Paris, Quatuor Diotima has become an ardent champion of contemporary music, collaborating closely with several of the greatest composers of the late twentieth century including Pierre Boulez and Helmut Lachenmann, as well as vital interpreters of 19th and 20th century repertoire, particularly that of the Second Viennese School (Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern) and of Beethoven, Schubert, Bartók, Debussy, Ravel, and Janáček.

Continue reading below to learn about Quatuor Diotima's Spring Quarter public events.

Mathematics and Music

April 8, 2022 | 3:30PM
Ryerson Laboratory, Room 251

Quatuor Diotima, Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Chicago, presents a lecture demonstration exploring how composers use mathematical tools in their compositions. The Quartet offers insight on what works and what doesn’t work in the world of music and math, followed by a Q&A with the audience. A reception concludes the event.

Free, no tickets required.

Quatuor Diotima World Premieres

April 9, 2022 | 4:00PM
Fulton Recital Hall, Goodspeed Hall 4th Floor

One of the most in-demand chamber ensembles in the world today, Quatuor Diotima, presents a concert of world premiere works written by University of Chicago composers. Paul Novak, Justin Weiss, Kari Watson, Gabriel Novak, and Felipe Tovar-Henao present new works written specially for the quartet as part of a year-long project with the Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence. A reception will follow.

Free, no tickets required.

UChicago Presents: Quatuor Diotima in Concert

April 10, 2022 | 3:00PM
Logan Center for the Arts Performance Hall


$30 | $20 under 35 | $10 Students

French string quartet Quatuor Diotima, known for casting a new light on both masterpieces of the quartet canon and contemporary additions to the genre, presents one of Korngold’s lesser-known pieces, his third string quartet, alongside other hidden gems of the string quartet repertoire, including Zemlinsky’s first quartet and Brahms’ second. This concert is part of the Korngold Rediscovered festival

Supported by the Jazz & New Music program of FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. Presented in partnership with the France Chicago Center.