• Sarah Small
  • Brooklyn Rider

The New York string quartet Brooklyn Rider may not be the most daring or radical group using that instrumental format in contemporary classical music, but over the last few years they’ve steadfastly demonstrated that they’re one of the most broad-minded, casting a wide net that makes space for a rich array of global traditions. Of course, as all four members—violinists Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen, violist Nicholas Cords, and cellist Eric Jacobsen—are charter members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, which itself has devoted itself to interpreting and adapting the music of eastern Asia, that should hardly come as a surprise.