May 14, 2017 Sunday @ 3pm
Puck Quartet
& Sebastian Lambertz

The Puck Quartet formed in 2013 at Purchase College Conservatory of Music, and in 2015 was one of four quartets from around the country personally selected by renowned violinist Robert Mann to participate in the fourth annual Robert Mann String Quartet Institute at the Manhattan School of Music. In the spring of 2014, the quartet, supported by an award from the Marx Family Foundation, gave the world premiere performance of Ascension, a work by composer Jason Eckardt. The Puck Quartet has participated in masterclasses with the Miro Quartet, Decoda Chamber Ensemble, and members of the American, Brentano, and Tokyo Quartets. They have also participated in several festivals including the Beethoven Institute at Mannes and the Saint Lawrence String Quartet Institute at Stanford University. Recent engagements include a performance in a lecture-concert series at Metropolitan Hospital in New York City, and a recital as a featured artist in the inaugural season of the Under The Spire concert series at Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport, Connecticut.

Members of the ensemble have performed with groups such as NOVUS NY, Mimesis Ensemble, and Canyonlands New Music Ensemble, and have participated in festivals and concert series across the country including the Manchester Music Festival, the North Jersey Chamber Music Society, the Louis Moreau Institute for New Music in New Orleans, and Capital City Concerts in Montpelier, Vermont.

The quartet’s principal mentors include Julia Lichten, David Geber, Deborah Buck, and Carmit Zori. Members of the quartet hold degrees from SUNY Purchase, Cleveland Institute of Music, New York University, and Yale University.

The Arts Entrepreneur Sebastian Lambertz represents a new generation of musicians. He is currently experiencing an increasing interest from the international media for his innovative concepts in the field of “New Audience for Classical Music” – “Little Ant”, “Clarinet & DJ”, “Quintet for the End of Time” and projects for music and interactive technology. Sebastian is one of the “inspiring individuals in New York City”. (Epoch Times, NY)

Highlights in 2015 were his Lincoln Center Debut for which he was invited by the German Forum New York as well as a performance with the Grammy nominated Ensemble Imani Winds. In 2014 Sebastian Lambertz was honored twice for his musical work. In his hometown in Germany he received the “Kunstförderpreis” of the city of Neuss 2013.

Concert tours led him to performances throughout Europe, Asia, and North America including cities like Paris, Dubrovnik, Beijing, Chengdu, Seoul, New-Delhi, Washington D.C. and New York. In Germany, he played at the Kölner Philharmonie, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Herkulessaal München, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, the Essener Philharmonie, the Beethovenhaus Bonn, and in the studios of the WDR Köln and the NDR Hannover. He felt especially honored when he played for German Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as resigned Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and Federal President Horst Köhler. Several tours on board of the MS Europa complete the spectrum of his exclusive concert venues.

He collaborated with Charles Neidich, Ian Fountain, Silke Avenhaus, Nikolas and Christoph Altstädt, Brett Dean as well as members of the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin as a chamber musician. In orchestras he played under the conducters Kent Nagano, Jonathan Nott, Joseph Colaneri, Michael Sanderling, and Han-Na Chang. As a soloist, he performed with the Bergische Symphoniker.

Sebastian Lambertz received several awards and grants. Some of the most important ones include the 3rd price at the 55. ARD International Music Competition Munich in 2006 and the scholarship of the German Music Competition in 2010.

At the age of ten Sebastian Lambertz started playing the clarinet. He studied with Martin Spangenberg in Weimar and Ralph Manno in Cologne. Studying with Charles Neidich, he received his Professional Studies Diploma in New York as a full scholarship student at Mannes College – The New School.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581
             I. Allegro
             II. Larghetto
             III. Menuetto
             IIII. Allegretto con Variozioni

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, op. 110
             I. Largo –
             II. Allegro molto
             III. Allegretto –
             IV. Largo –
             V. Largo


Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
String Quartet No. 1, Sz. 40
             I. Lento
             II. Allegretto
             III. Introduzione – Allegro vivace

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