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About the Momenta Festival 2015:

What is the Momenta Quartet? Throughout the four-day event, Momenta proposed many solutions to this question by skillfully navigating over four centuries of repertoire… Momenta possesses an honest and heartfelt dedication to exploring this question without yielding to a gimmick or tag line. A sum of inspiration and personal discovery that operates beyond the boundaries of period or aesthetic.

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Christian Kriegeskotte, I Care If You Listen, December 10, 2015

The performance [of Philip Glass' Music in Similar Motion] was taut and compelling, as was that of Ives’s brash and quirky quartet… the mesmerizing Glass piece, typically performed on instruments of different families, may be where the players’ vaunted individuality counted the most.

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James Oestreich, The New York Times, October 1, 2015

[Momenta Quartet] played with verve, intellect, expression, and impressive instrumental skill. There were vivid musical depictions of myriad experiences and psychological states.

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George Grella, New York Classical Review, October 2, 2015

The Momenta has, yes, that momentum which seizes the moments, makes light of difficulties and gives an always forward, even aggressive delight in their music…The entire program, though, had that sense of animation coming from four players who never let their digital chops overcome what was most essential: Their sense of elation, musical enunciation and sheer joy.

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Harry Rolnick, ConcertoNet, October 3, 2015

[They] unleashed a veritable firestorm of intensity… Momenta inhabited every note in an impassioned reading that combined brilliant virtuosity with the utmost sympathy and unity of intent.

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Patrick Rucker, The Washington Post, January 11, 2015

A paragon of the concert-going experience: excellent music that was entirely fresh and new, played with skill and élan… Momenta’s playing throughout the concert was superb.

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George Grella, NY Classical Review, September 20, 2014

Word of the Momenta Quartet’s diligence, curiosity and excellence is definitely out.

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Steve Smith, The New York Times, January 9, 2013

The Momentas were at their most potent in Haydn’s Quartet Opus 20 No. 1, applying opulent, sustained legato in the slow movement. Few American players assume Haydn’s idioms with such ease.

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Alex Ross, The New Yorker, February 3, 2013

The Momenta Quartet gave it a warm, graceful reading… a focused, fluid performance.

Allan Kozinn, The New York Times, January 13, 2012

The Momenta players unleashed an utterly abstract, utterly beautiful sonic skyscape… An extraordinary musical experience.

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Stephen Brookes, The Washington Post, November 9, 2012

The [Momenta] Quartet has critics and audiences alike buzzing about its range and exuberance.

C.W. Lee, New York Times, February 2013

The Momenta players brought delicacy and understated confidence… with a burnished tone and judicious vibrato.

Strad Magazine, August 2011

Fresh sound and focused energy…

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David Pearson, I Care If You Listen, January 2012

The Momenta Quartet performed with fire, fantasy, and absolute musical commitment.

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Sequenza21, January 2012

…A fluid yet razor-sharp performance from the Momenta Quartet.

Harry H. Long, Lebanon Daily News, August 30, 2012

A fine and adventurous string quartet.

The New Yorker, 2010

An outstanding ensemble prone to innovation and exploration.

Time Out New York, 2010