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From Taiwan to Texas: an evening with the Formosa quartet

International fame Formosa Quartet returns to Asia Society Texas for a performance of classical works by Benjamin Britten and Henry Purcell, original works commissioned and composed for the Quartet by Dana Wilson and Derrick Skye, and an octet performance with musicians from the Moores School of Music from the University of Houston.

“A wonderfully elegant performance full of youthful freshness and exuberance … haunting virtuosity.” – BBC Music Magazine

“Bold and intense, like shots of pure espresso … the performance goes beyond the beautiful and into the territory of an unexpected sensation.” – MUSO Magazine


About the Formosa Quartet

the Formosa Quartet, which won two major prizes at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, has been called “one of the best quartets of their generation” by Guarneri member David Soyer. The quartet members have been hailed as “spellbinding” by the rhinestone and “remarkably good” by Gramophone. The ensemble, which includes violinists Jasmine Lin and Wayne Lee, violist Che-Yen Chen and cellist Deborah Pae, performed at Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall (London), Kammermusiksaal in Berlin, National Concert Hall in Taipei and with the Da Camera Company of Los Angeles. Formed in 2002 when the four Taiwanese-born founders gathered for a concert tour of Taiwan, the cultural identity of the Formosa Quartet has since broadened to include broader American and Pan-Asian roots.


The performing arts and cultural programs at Asia Society Texas are presented by Syamal and Susmita Poddar. Major support comes from Nancy C. Allen, Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, of the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, the Houston Endowment and the Brown Foundation Inc. Generous funding is also provided by the AARP, the Anchorage Foundation of Texas, the Clayton Fund, and the Miller Theater Advisory Board. Additional support provided by the Wortham Foundation, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, United Airlines, and through contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to providing exceptional programming and exhibits at Asia Society Center in Texas.


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About Asia Society Texas

Asia Society Texas believes in the strength and beauty of diverse perspectives and people. As an educational institution, we advance cultural exchange by celebrating Asia’s vibrant diversity, inspiring empathy and fostering a better understanding of our interconnected world. Spanning the fields of arts, business, culture, education and policy, our programming is rooted in the educational and cultural development of our community – trusting in the power of art, dialogue and ideas. to fight prejudices and build a more inclusive society.