Morrison Artists Series: Telegraph Quartet

Friday, October 27, 2017, 8:00 pm
Photo of the Telegraph Quartet standing on a hill
The 2016 winner of the Naumberg Chamber Music Competition performs the West Coast premiere of John Harbison's Quartet No. 6 and more. Pre-concert talk: 7pm. Master class: October 20, 2pm, Knuth Hall. Free.
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre
May T. Morrison Chamber Music Center
SF State Box Office
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“An incredibly valuable addition to the cultural landscape. ... Powerfully adept … with a combination of brilliance and subtlety.” — San Francisco Chronicle

Telegraph Quartet

  • Eric Chin, violin
  • Joseph Maile, violin
  • Pei-Linf Lin, viola
  • Jeremiah Shaw, cello

Formed in 2013, the Bay Area’s own Telegraph Quartet won the 2016 Naumburg Chamber Music Competition, a prize that helped launch the careers of such eminent groups as the Pacifica, Brentano and Emerson string quartets and the Eroica Trio. The quartet also won the Grand Prize in the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition after playing together for less than a year, and was the only American quartet of 15 from around the world invited to showcase at the 2016 Paris Biennale de Quatuors à Cordes. Recent appearances include its New York debut in Carnegie Hall and European debut at Italy’s Emilia-Romagna Music Festival.


  • John Harbison (1938 – ): String Quartet No. 6 (2016)
  • Hugo Wolf (1860 – 1903): Italian Serenade (1887)
  • Arnold Schoenberg (1874 – 1951): String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7 (1905)

Photo by Eric Chin