Formosa Quartet, Moores School of Music, University of Houston, a flyer for a performance by the Formosa Quartet


Feb 16 2023


7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Formosa Quartet | Narrative Meaning in Art and Music

Date & Time

Thursday, February 16, 2023


Blaffer Art Museum

Event Description

Join us as the Formosa Quartet and friend, musicologist, and McGovern College Dean Andrew Davis place the work of artist Leslie Martinez (b. 1985; on view January 20 through March 12 at the Blaffer Art Museum) and Robert Schumann (1810-1856) in dialogue. In conversation with Steven Matijcio (Blaffer Art Museum Jane Dale Owen Director and Chief Curator), the multi-disciplinary dialogue will explore how art and music can illuminate one another.

Come listen to the performance, live at the Blaffer Museum at the University of Houston on February 16.

Free. Please click here to RSVP for the performance.

About the Formosa Quartet

Winners of the First Prize and Amadeus Prize at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Formosa Quartet (FQ) is “one of the very best quartets of their generation” (David Soyer, cellist; Guarneri Quartet). Hailed as “spellbinding” (The Strad) and “remarkably fine” (Gramophone), the ensemble has given critically acclaimed performances at the Library of Congress, the Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Wigmore Hall in London, die Glocke Bremen, and the Kammermusiksaal at the Berliner Philharmonie.

Equally impressive as individual concert artists, the members of the Formosa Quartet are violinists Jasmine Lin and Wayne Lee, viola Matthew Cohen and cellist Deborah Pae. The Quartet formed in 2002 when the four Taiwanese-descended founders came together for a concert tour of Taiwan. Since its founding the cultural identity of the quartet has expanded to include broader American, pan-Asian, and Eastern European influences, and they are now known for their concerts that include curated sets of folk, pop, jazz and poetry arrangements; and for their recent sociocultural exploration of American music and culture in their “American Mirror Project.”


Free parking for this event is available via the six complimentary marked lot spots directly in front of the museum entrance and at the Elgin Street Garage (4224 Elgin Street). To take advantage of complimentary Elgin Street Garage parking, please first park in the garage and obtain your machine ticket and then bring to the museum front desk upon arrival.