schneider concert series presents the zelter string quartet in new york debut

Performing works of Mendelssohn, Korngold, and Grammy-nominated composer Jessie Montgomery

Zelter String Quartet, photo by Michelle Kim

NEW YORK, October 23, 2023 – On Sunday, November 19, 2023 at 2 p.m. The Schneider Concerts presents the Zelter String Quartet’s New York Debut with a program of Mendelssohn, Korngold, and Jessie Montgomery. The performance will take place in The New School’s Auditorium at 66 W. 12th Street. Visit or call (212) 229-5873 for tickets and information.

Sunday, November 19, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.
Zelter String Quartet

Kyle Gilner and Gallia Kastner, violins
Carson Rick, viola
Allon Hon, cello

Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 13
Jessie Montgomery:  String Quartet “Strum”
Erich Wolfgang Korngold String Quartet  No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 26

Program approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes including intermission

$20 single ticket general admission 
$17 single ticket seniors 65+ and people with disabilities 
$ 5 standby, students 30 and younger with school ID 
For details and to purchase tickets, visit

Praised by LA Opus for their “seemingly effortless precision and blend,” the Zelter String Quartet formed in Los Angeles in 2018. The quartet won First Prize at the 2023 Plowman Chamber Music Competition, as well as the Gold Prize at the 2021 Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition. In 2019, the Zelter String Quartet received a full scholarship to participate in the St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar, where the members worked with St. Lawrence and Danish String Quartet musicians. They were also invited to participate in the Rencontres Franco-Américaines de Musique de Chambre as part of the USC Thornton School of Music Ofiesh Chamber Music Competition in the Saint-Gildas-des-Bois area of France in 2020. Most recently, the ensemble participated in the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar and the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies at the Aspen Music Festival, where they worked with the Pacifica, Escher, and American String Quartets.

Hailed in The New York Times as “one of the best deals in town for lovers of classical music,” for six decades, The New School’s Mannes School for Music’s Schneider Concerts series has presented outstanding young artists and ensembles at non-exclusionary ticket prices. The series’ remarkable history includes the New York debuts of pianist Peter Serkin and the Dover, Calidore, Guarneri, Cleveland, and Vermeer String Quartets and TASHI. Artists such as Yefim Bronfman, Richard Goode, Jaime Laredo, Yo Yo Ma, and Murray Perahia were introduced to New York audiences early in their careers. The series was founded at The New School in 1957 as New School Concerts by violinist and conductor Alexander Schneider, who led the series until his death in 1993, at which time the series was renamed The Schneider Concerts in his honor. Artistic leadership is now under the auspices of a committee of eight noted musicians: John Dalley, Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, Anthony  McGill, Kurt Muroki, Tara O’Connor, and Arnold Steinhardt. The 2023-24 Schneider Concerts season is supported by the Alexander Schneider Foundation and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council for the Arts.

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