Interro Quartet combines passionate performances with a commitment to arts education and accessibility. Featuring violinists Eric Kim-Fujita and Dr. Sang Kyun Koh, violist Maxime Despax, and cellist Sebastian Ostertag, Interro Quartet has quickly established themselves through performances at Music Mondays, the Arts and Letters Club, Festival L’Art de la Musique, Heliconian Hall, Thursday at Noon Series (University of Toronto), and the Midwest Violin Caucus (University of Northern Iowa).
As grant recipients from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, Interro Quartet has commissioned and premiered new chamber works, including the innovative joint composition “Alchemy Quartet” featuring composers Roydon Tse, Erica Procunier, Matthew Emery, and Abigail Richardson-Shulte. This work complements a varied concert repertoire that includes Hildegard von Bingen, Fanny Mendelssohn, and Norma Beecroft, as well as quartets by Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, and Prokofiev. Recent collaborations include performances with Philip Chiu, Lloyd Van’t Hoff, Quatuor Sabayan, and the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra.
The name Interro comes from the "Interrobang" symbol that indicates both a question and exclamation mark. Through unique programming, outreach, and collaborations, we aim to question and energize our musical communities.
Our mission is not only to make quartet music more accessible but also to broaden audience membership through diverse programming. To this end, each of our concerts include what we call a "Compound Quartet." A programming strategy of our own design, a Compound Quartet consists of movements or pieces from four different composers to make one composite quartet. Compound Quartets allow each of our concerts to feature a variety of composers and explore the musical styles, themes, and historical contexts that bind the various movements into one cohesive work. Through this programming, we hope to diversify the chamber music concert experience and explore new and innovative ways of engaging with the audience.
Interro Quartet acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, and funding support from the Toronto Arts Council, and the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.