Lyds in Taiwan

Lydian String Quartet Residency in Taipei City, Taiwan 

December 2nd to 18th at the Taipei National University of the Arts

Public concerts on December 9th and December 17th


The Lydian String Quartet, ensemble-in-residence at Brandeis University, will travel to Taiwan for more than two weeks to lead workshops and master classes around Taipei City and for students at the Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA). The highlights of their visit will take place on December 9th and December 17th, both at the TNUA Concert Hall. 

The first concert features two Taiwanese composers, including “Mind Like Water” by Yu-Hui Chang, which was premiered by the Lydian String Quartet in November, 2016. From the composer, “Writen for the Lydian String Quartet, ‘Water’ is often used in Eastern philosophy to describe the ideal state of a person’s mind or high moral quality… Zen Buddhism’s ‘mind like water’ teaching has a … personal perspective – one is to empty the mind, not to become unfeeling, but to allow space for full awareness and to obtain true freedom.”

The programs also feature Lee Hyla and Steven Snowden, two prominent American composers commissioned by the ensemble. Snowden was the recipient of the quartet’s 2015 Commission Prize, one of the largest in the United States. His commission, “Bird Catching from Above,” was premiered last year. In Taiwan, the quartet will perform an earlier work by Snowden titled “Appalachian Portraits.”

The Lydian Quartet embraces the full range of the string quartet repertory with curiosity, virtuosity, and dedication to the highest artistic ideals of music making. The “Lyds,” as they are known to their fans, continue to offer compelling, thoughtful, and dramatic performances of the quartet literature. From the acknowledged masterpieces of the classical, romantic, and modern eras to the remarkable compositions written by today's cutting edge composers, the quartet approaches music-making with a sense of exploration and personal expression that is timeless.

Calendar information:

Friday night Dec 9, 7:30pm - TNUA Concert Hall
No. 1, Xueyuan Rd, Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan

LEE HYLA String Quartet No. 3
CHOU CHIU-YU 周久渝 String Quartet No. 1
YU-HUI CHANG 張玉慧 Mind Like Water (2016), Taiwan premiere
PHILIP GLASS String Quartet No. 5


Saturday afternoon Dec 17, 2:30pm - TNUA Concert Hall

No. 1, Xueyuan Rd, Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan

MOZART String Quartet No. 19 in C Major ("Dissonant"), K. 465
RAVEL String Quartet
STEVEN SNOWDEN Appalachian Polaroids
BRAHMS String Quintet in G major, Op. 111
    With guest artist Yi-Wen Chao 趙怡雯, viola