Escher String Quartet
Individual Biographies

Adam Barnett-Hart, Violin

Violinist Adam Barnett-Hart made his debut with the Juilliard Symphony at 19 performing the Brahms concerto in Alice Tully Hall. He has since performed with such orchestras as the Colorado Symphony, the Wichita Falls Symphony, the Riverside Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Jefferson Symphony. Mr. Barnett-Hart is a touring member of the International Sejong Soloists. He was a top prize winner in the 2001 and 2002 Irving M. Klein competitions in San Francisco. He began studying with Pinchas Zukerman after graduating from the Juilliard School, where he completed a B.A. with Joel Smirnoff. Prior to Juilliard, Adam studied with James Maurer, Paul Kantor, and Donald Weilerstein.


Aaron Boyd, Violin

Violinist Aaron Boyd enjoys a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and teacher. Since beginning the violin at the age of 7, Mr. Boyd has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, Russia and Asia. Having played in nearly every major hall in New York City, Mr. Boyd was also a frequent guest artist at New York’s Bargemusic, where he appeared over 50 times. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Boyd has participated in the Marlboro, La Jolla, Bridgehampton, Prussia Cove and Tanglewood festivals and has collaborated with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, and Orion Quartets, the Beaux Arts Trio, Phillippe Entremont, Mitsuko Uchida, Anner Bylsma, Siegfried Palm, Kim Kashkashian, and Gerard Poulet. Mr. Boyd toured and recorded internationally as a member of the Sejong Soloists and Manhattan Sinfonietta, and has played with the St. Paul, Orpheus, Metamorphosen and Prometheus Chamber Orchestras. Mr. Boyd has been a prizewinner in numerous competitions including the Ecoles D’art Americaines de Fontainebleau, the Klein Violin Competition, the Tuesday Music Society and the Pittsburgh Concert Society and was awarded a Proclamation by the City of Pittsburgh for his musical accomplishments.


Pierre Lapointe, Viola

Pierre Lapointe is the violist of the Escher String Quartet and plays occasionally with the group Sejong Soloists. A former member of Chamber Music Society Two, he has performed at numerous venues across the United States and abroad. Mr. Lapointe's main teachers were Yaëla Hertz Berkson, Calvin Sieb, Paul Yarbrough and Larry Dutton. Since June 2010, Pierre Lapointe plays on a viola ingeniously designed and made by Christophe Landon. In May 2012, violist Pierre Lapointe completed a thesis on Zemlinsky's Second Quartet and obtained a Doctorate from Manhattan School of Music. Prior to this degree, he received a prize in 2004 from Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec for his work at the Gatineau Music Conservatory and was granted a gold medal by the University of Ottawa in 2000 for his Undergraduate studies in composition and violin performance. 


Dane Johansen, Cello

American cellist Dane Johansen performs extensively throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, and member of the Escher String Quartet. Praised for his "brave virtuosity" and "staggering aplomb" by The New York Times and New York Magazine, Johansen debuted at Lincoln Center in 2008, performing Elliott Carter's Cello Concerto with James Levine in celebration of the composer's centennial. Johansen is a regular guest artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has performed at The Marlboro Music Festival, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival and Seattle Chamber Music Festival. 

In 2010, Johansen performed Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello at Alice Tully Hall. The following year, he gave the New York premiere of the Crouching Tiger Concerto with composer Tan Dun and the Metropolis Ensemble at the Lincoln Center Outdoor Festival for an audience of 4,000 people. As the first winner of Juilliard’s Leo Ruiz Memorial Award, Johansen made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012. Next season, as winner of Juilliard’s Sanders Prize, Johansen will perform Bloch’s Schelomo with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in Israel. In May of 2014, he will hike the Camino de Santiago with his cello and perform Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello at religious sites along the way. This project will be made into a documentary film with an accompanying recording.

A native of Fairbanks, Alaska, Johansen studied at The Cleveland Institute of Music, The Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris, and The Juilliard School, where he earned an Artist Diploma. His mentors include Joel Krosnick, David Soyer, Richard Aaron, the Emerson String Quartet and Bernard Greenhouse. Johansen is on the faculty at The Juilliard School as assistant to Joel Krosnick and at Juilliard’s Pre-College. He plays a cello made for him by Stefan Valcuha in 2011.

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