Gregor Huebner wins Grand Prize in NY Phil’s New World Initiative Composition Challenge!!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that our violinist Gregor Huebner has won the Grand Prize in the New York Philharmonic’s New World Initiative Composition Challenge!  The contest was open to all NYC-based composers with the challenge being to create an original composition based on one or more themes from Dvorak’s New World Symphony, to celebrate both the 175th anniversary of the NY Phil as well as their 1893 premiere of the work.
Some words from Gregor:

“I am deeply honored to be the recipient of the Grand Prize for New York Philharmonic’s New World Initiative Composition Challenge for my composition “New World, Nov 9. 2016.” The contest winners will be recognized at the Concerts in the Parks on June 14, 2017.

I entered the composition contest to create “a work that contained or referenced themes from Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World.”

I began composing the piece the day after the presidential election in November 2016 and the influence of that historic moment is definitely reflected in the composition. It’s quite a different musical view of the New World for an immigrant in Dvorak’s time and an immigrant like myself today. References from Dvořák and Shostakovich are embedded in a musical journey throughout the rich and international cultural world of New York City.”

About The New World Initiative

During its 175th anniversary season (2016–17), the New York Philharmonic will celebrate New York City and its role as home to the Orchestra and as an adopted home for many. The New World Initiative (NWI) evolves from a major event in the Philharmonic’s history: the 1893 World Premiere of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World — the first major work composed in New York that became immediately and enduringly popular. The complete work represents a yearning for new beginnings while also looking back to where we came from. Through the NWI, the Philharmonic will engage with New Yorkers citywide by making the New World Symphony a cultural touchstone for as many New Yorkers as possible.


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Kicking off 2017: Our Club Bonafide debut!

As the curtain is soon closing for 2016, another is ready to draw open, and what would you see behind it? For us, the answer would be, “Four guys grinning at you with their string instruments in jazz club”.

Yes, dear friends, January 5, 2017 is our official New Year celebration — better late than never, as they say. Club Bonafide is one of the latest jazz clubs in town that houses incredible musicians and bands, and we are so incredibly honored to be on their stage to celebrate New Year. Door opens at 8:30pm, and we will be featuring our special guest, dear friend and electric violin hero, Mr Tracy Silverman to join us in some cool new music! Also worth mentioning is, Pablo Ziegler, the phenomenal Argentinian pianist (Astor Piazzolla veteran), will be playing the preceding set, definitely something not-to-be-missed.

Have a beautiful holiday season, and we’ll see you on January 5th!

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Looking Ahead to 2017…

As 2016 draws to a close, we are looking forward to getting things started off with a bang in 2017 with shows in NY, MA, and NJ!!  Come on out if you’re local!!

January 5th:  Sirius Quartet with special guest Tracy Silverman at Club Bonafide (NYC)

Doors @ 9:30, $15

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January 12th: Sirius Quartet at Hingham Middle School (Hingham, MA)

7pm, $10-15 suggested donation (all proceeds benefit the Hingham Public Schools music department)


January 21st: Sirius Quartet at Ramapo College of New Jersey (Mahwah, NJ)

8pm,  $35/32/25; children under 17: $17

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NYC has long been an incubator for cross-genre pollination and experimentation in all corners of the music community, not least of all in the classical and jazz scenes.  From the minimalism of Reich and Glass in the 60s and 70s to the experimental genius of Zorn and the Knitting Factory scene of of the 80s and 90s, there has been an unparalleled openness to break down walls and assumptions of what so-called “art” music can be and how it should be presented.

As these lines continue to blur and fade into one another, there continues a steady stream of artists and ensembles continuing to carry the torch and push the boundaries.  The inaugural Progressive ChamberMusic Festival, curated by the Sirius Quartet, features 8 such ensembles, each with unique identities and a shared desire to define chamber music on their own terms.  From downtown heavyweights such as Mark Feldman, Sylvie Courvoisier and Shoko Nagai to young upstarts RighteousGIRLS, Warp Trio, and Seven)Suns, the festival, spread across two days in late October at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab will put NYC’s vibrant and eclectic music scene on full display.  These are chamber music ensembles of the 21st century, not defined by genre, nor limited by the distinction between concert and popular music, and blurring the lines between performer, composer, and improviser.  This is progressive chamber music.

Sirius Quartet and Shapeshifter Plus Present: 2016 Progressive Chamber Music Festival

October 20th and 21st, 7pm

Shapeshifter Lab

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-Sirius Quartet
-Mark Feldman + Sylvie Courvoisier
-Pauline Kim Harris of String Noise
-Warp Trio
-The Cruche Trio (Shoko Nagai/Gregor Huebner/Jonathan Goldberger)
-Unanimity Music Collective (Stelios Mihas/Daniel Carter/George Spanos/Vasko Dukovski/Jeff Harshbarger)




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2015/16 Season Closer!

Hello friends,

Summer is upon us!

The 2015-16 season has been our busiest season yet here in the land of Sirius.  It took us to Malaysia,  with concerts in Kuala Lumpur and Penang,  and to Germany,  where we performed in MunichStuttgartUlm,  and worked with wonderful students in Ochsenhausen and Lübeck.

Closer to home,  we played for the first time as a quartet in DetroitWashington DC,  Erie and Juniata,  PA,  as well as returning to some of our favorite venues in NYC such as Symphony Space and the cell.

And in April,  we released Paths Become Lines,  our latest album featuring all original music written by members of the quartet.  We have been getting a really positive response so far,  and we are looking forward to playing music from the album at our final concert of the season this Friday at Bargemusic inBrooklyn.  In addition to music from Paths Become Lines,  you can hear us try our hand at the music of Charles Ives,  as we will be playing “Arguments”  from his second string quartet.

If you are in NYC,  we would love to see you there!  Regardless,  we hope you have a lovely,  lazy summer and we will see you in the fall!


Show info:

Venue: Bargemusic
Address: Fulton Mall, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Date and Time: 8:00pm, June 17th, 2016 (Friday)
Tickets: $35 General Admission/$30 Senior/$15 Student and Child
Online ticket purchase:

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“Paths Become Lines” CD Release Party! Join us on April 13th!

Finally, the day has come!
We will be celebrating next week at NYC’s the cell with an album release party on Wednesday, April 13th, and we hope those of you who are in town will come join us!
Nancy Manocherian’s the cell Presents:
Sirius Quartet: Paths Become Lines album release party
Wednesday, April 13th
the cell
338 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10011
Doors @ 7, Show begins @ 7:30
$20, CDs will be available for $10
For tickets, please visit HERE
Here’s a live video of a track from the album- Spidey Falls!, written by our violinist Fung Chern Hwei:

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Concert: January 18th, 2016, the cell

After a 3-week run of critically-acclaimed concerts in Malaysia and Germany, we are preparing to kickstart 2016 with a concert at the cell, as a preview of some of the pieces on our sophomore album PATHS BECOME LINES under the Autentico label. This concert also features accordion virtuoso Peter Stan and bass powerhouse Ken Filiano in Gregor’s Colors of the East, title piece of our first Autentico album.

The concert will take place on January 18th, 2016, at 8pm.

Tell your friends!


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Review on New York City Jazz Record!

Exciting news! Our latest album, “Colors of the East” and its CD release show just received a nice review from the New York City Jazz Record (June issue)! You can download a PDF copy of the upcoming publication by clicking HERE or grab a hard copy in any NYC jazz venues starting the beginning of June.

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