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Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle

Balourdet Quartet

June 22

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Making their Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle (HVCMC) debut, the prize-winning Balourdet Quartet, most recently the recipient of a 2024 Avery Fisher Career Grant and Chamber Music America’s 2024 Cleveland Quartet Award, will perform works from the chamber music canon by Mozart and Beethoven, along with Karim Al-Zand’s Strange Machines, a work they commissioned with a Chamber Music America grant in 2022 and premiered in London’s Wigmore Hall during the 2022–23 season.


Wolfgang Amadé Mozart
String Quartet in D Minor, K. 421

Karim Al-Zand
Strange Machines, String Quartet No. 4 (CMA Commission 2022)

Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1, “Razumovsky”


Balourdet Quartet

Angela Bae violin
Justin DeFilippis violin
Benjamin Zannoni viola
Russell Houston cello


The celebrated Balourdet Quartet produces both emotionally intense and intimate moments on international stages. Its unique closeness and willingness to take creative risks earned it the 2024 Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as Chamber Music America’s 2024 Cleveland Quartet Award. With over 70 concerts per season, recent highlights include the Balourdet’s debuts at Carnegie and Wigmore Halls and new string quartets by composers Karim Al-Zand and Paul Novak through grants from Chamber Music America (2021) and the Barlow Foundation (2023). They are currently the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and are recent graduates of the New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Program.

The Balourdet journey began in 2018 in New Mexico at the Taos School of Music, where violinists Justin DeFilippis, Angela Bae, and cellist Russell Houston bonded over evenings of chamber music, Peppermint Schnapps, and meals created by chef extraordinaire Antoine Balourdet. It was the friendships, a shared passion for music and food, and gratitude for the role the festival played in the formation of the quartet that inspired the members to name the ensemble in Chef Balourdet’s honor.  Soon thereafter, Justin, Angela, and Russell joined with violist Benjamin Zannoni at Rice University, and the Balourdet Quartet was formed.


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