Tesla Quartet Featuring Guest Pianist David Kaplan

Sunday, May 21, 2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Schoenberg Music Building - Jan Popper Theater

Chamber Music at the Clark

See below for additional information.


Chamber Music at the Clark concert seating is determined via lottery. The booking-by-lottery entry form for Tesla Quartet seats posts online Thursday, March 23, 2017.

Lottery registration closed Thursday, April 13, 2017. Please contact the Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies regarding available seats after the lottery closes.


Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies
(310) 206-8552



Additional Information

The Tesla Quartet was formed at the Juilliard School in 2008 and quickly established itself as one of the most promising young ensembles in New York, winning Second Prize at the J. C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition only a few months after its inception. From 2009 to 2012 the quartet held a fellowship as the Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where it studied with the world-renowned Takács Quartet. 

Tesla Quartet: Ross Snyder, violin; Michelle Lie, violin; Edwin Kaplan, viola; Serafim Smigelskiy, cello. 

David Kaplan, pianist, has been called “excellent and adventurous” by The New York Times and praised by the Boston Globe for “grace and fire” at the keyboard. He has appeared at London’s Barbican Centre and Miami’s Arscht Center with Itzhak Perlman; he has also worked with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Recent recital appearances include the Ravinia Festival, Sarasota Opera House, and National Gallery, and he looks forward to appearances at Music on Main in Vancouver and Strathmore’s Music at the Mansion in Baltimore. 

An avid concerto soloist who often conducts from the keyboard, he recently performed Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Johnstown Symphony and James Blachly, and the De Falla Harpsichord Concerto at the Mondavi Center in Davis, California. David Kaplan is also a lecturer in the Department of Music, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. 


  • Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) String Quartet No. 42 in C Major, Hob. III:57 Vivace Adagio Menuetto Adagio. Presto
  • Leoš Janáček (1854–1928) String Quartet No. 1 in E Minor (“The Kreutzer Sonata”) Adagio — Con moto Con moto Con moto — Vivace — Andante Con moto — Adagio Intermission 
  • Robert Schumann (1810–1856) Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, op. 44 Allegro brillante In modo d’una marcia: Un poco largamente Scherzo: Molto vivace Allegro, ma non troppo

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