The Los Angeles-based Lyris Quartet was founded in 2008. Quartet members Alyssa Park (violin), Shalini Vijayan (violin), Luke Maurer (Viola) and Timothy Loo (cello) have won top prizes at the Tchaikovsky International Competition and Aspen Music Festival.
The Quartet has performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia in a diverse range of ensembles, including Grammy-nominated groups Absolute Ensemble, Southwest Chamber Music and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, as well as solo and
chamber appearances in festivals
such as Ravinia, Brahms Festival in Madrid, Music Academy of the West, Banff
Centre for the Arts, Czech SommerFest and Oregon Festival of American Music. They
have also appeared alongside composer/pianist Billy Childs as part of the L.A.
Philharmonic’s Jazz and World music
series at Disney Hall and with Steve Reich at LACMA’s Bing Hall.
Their debut album, The Lyris Quartet’s Intimate Letters, anchored by the Second String Quartet of Leoš Janáček, “Intimate Letters” was inspired by Janáček’s obsessive devotion to his longtime muse Kamila Stösslová (a married woman, 38 years his
junior) to whom he wrote more than 700 love
letters over 11 years that are often referred to as the composer’s “manifesto
on love.” Included in the album are four new works, inspired by the Janáček, by
distinguished, award-winning Los Angeles composers Bruce Broughton, Billy
Childs, Peter Knell and Kurt Rohde.
The Lyris Quartet is making its mark and Stay Thirsty Magazine is happy to help spread the word about this talented group of musicians.