Debussy String Quartet

In Debussy's first and only foray into writing for string quartets, he broke the chamber music mold. With his daring and freeform structure, he created a strikingly modern chamber style all his own. Debussy's avant garde quartet is perfectly at home amongst works by pioneering female composer Henriette ReniƩ and modernist composer Darius Milhaud.

Chamber Series

Dates and Tickets

  • 19 Feb (Tue) 2019 7:30PM

Running time

1 hour, 38 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance


Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall - Benaroya Hall


Elisa Barston

Second Violin

Praised for her “glowing sound” and “technical aplomb” (The Strad), violinist Elisa Barston is the Seattle Symphony’s Principal Second Violin.

Kathleen Boyer

Second Violin

Kathleen Boyer joined the Seattle Symphony in 1985, moving to third chair, second violin, in 1994.

Mikhail Shmidt

First Violin

Born in Moscow, Russia, Mikhail Shmidt began his musical education at age 5 and won the Concertino Prague at age 14.

Jeannie Wells Yablonsky

First Violin

A member of the Seattle Symphony violin section since 2000, Yablonsky has performed in the music festivals of Aspen, Grand Teton and Norfolk (Connecticut), and the Cleveland Chamber Music Seminar.

Mara Gearman


A member of the Seattle Symphony viola section, Seattle native Mara Gearman also regularly performs at the Olympic, Methow and Eastern music festivals.

Nathan Chan


Cellist Nathan Chan made his musical debut at age 3 conducting the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, The Royal Philharmonic and the Albany Symphony, among others. In 2015 Chan was a chosen artist for Fondation Louis Vuitton's Classe d'Excellence du Violoncelle with renowned cellist Gautier Capuçon. Nathan earned his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and has a growing internet presence with over 6.1 million views. Nathan studied with Richard Aaron at The Juilliard School, where he recently earned his Master of Music.

Walter Gray


Walter Gray has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Far East and Europe, including performances in Moscow, Odessa, Zagreb, Seoul and Tokyo.

Eric Han


Korean-born Canadian cellist Eric Han made his concerto debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the age of 14.

Lisa Lewis


Ms Lewis performs frequently on piano and harpsichord with local orchestras including Early Music Guild productions, the Seattle Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, Orchestra Seattle, Seattle Choral Company, Tacoma Philharmonic and Bellevue Philharmonic. Recent collaborations include performances with Broken Consort (Jeff Cohan, director) and directing the Early Music Experience chamber series in Wedgwood.

Valerie Muzzolini


Valerie Muzzolini is Principal Harp of the Seattle Symphony, a position she has held since the age of 23. In demand both nationally and internationally, she has performed as guest principal harp of both the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Nice Philharmonic, and has appeared with The Philadelphia Orchestra. As soloist, she has performed with the Seattle Symphony, Nice Philharmonic and Vancouver Symphony.





Jean-Baptiste Barrière

Sonata for Two Cellos

Henriette Renié

Trio for Harp, Violin and Cello

Darius Milhaud

Violin Sonata No. 2

Claude Debussy

String Quartet