The Florestan String Quartet was formed by four members of The Orchestra Now at Bard College including Adina Tsai, Michael Rau (violins), Chi Lee (viola), and Lauren Peacock (cello). The primary location of the Florestan String Quartet is in Annandale-on-Hudson in New York, focusing on the Hudson Valley Area and the Greater New York Area.
They had the privilege of working with Luis Garcia-Renart, a renowned cellist on faculty at Bard College, and he toured with legendary cellist Pablo Casals during his career. The Florestan String Quartet was involved in a chamber music series called “Candide’s Journey” in February 2017 at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson, New York. Other appearances include a masterclass with violinist, Arnaud Sussmann, and they were invited to play Schubert Octet in F major, D. 803 for a fundraising concert for The Orchestra Now. Robert Schumann’s First String Quartet was the first piece that gathered the four enthusiastic musicians for chamber music and where they developed their name.
The Florestan String Quartet has newly welcomed a bassist, Paul Nemeth. Paul’s appearance expands the strength and challenges of the ensemble in both performing and educational way.