Isidore String Quartet © Rita Taylor
Isidore String Quartet © Rita Taylor
Isidore String Quartet


  • Isidore String Quartet


Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
String Quartet in C major, Op. 20, no. 2, Hob. III:32
Arman Gushchyan (*1981)
new work
Auftragswerk der I&I Foundation
World Premiere
Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)
String Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 44 no. 3

Strebi Stiftung Luzern – Partner «Debut» concert series


“Diversity” lives! The theme of the 2022 Summer Festival continues to resonate in 2023. For example, with the Isidore String Quartet. Although it comprises “only” men, two of them are people of color. The ensemble formed in 2019 in the melting pot of New York and won the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2022. Its director Barry Shiffman afterward remarked: “The Isidore String Quartet immediately captured the hearts of the judges and the audience. It has a strong personal voice and vision.” Part of the prize is that the winners get to tour the world. These four gentlemen feel particularly influenced by the storied Juilliard Quartet and named themselves after one of its former violinists, Isidore Cohen. Or, alternatively, after the Orthodox monk Isidore, who is said to have invented vodka ... Whatever the case, the Isidore String Quartet’s aim is to treat the well-known repertoire as if it were new, and new music as if it were well-known. What results will be presented by the quartet on its debut program in Lucerne, when Haydn and Mendelssohn enter into a dialogue with a world premiere by the Armenian composer Arman Gushchyan.

Event Venue


Morgartenstrasse 16
CH-6003 Luzern

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  • Arrival | Parking Facilities

    The Lutheran Reformed Church of St. Luke is located just a few minutes' walk from the train station, right next to the popular Vögeligärtli Park.

    Arriving by train & bus
    Take advantage of a 40% discount on public transport to Lucerne. You can find more Information here: to the SBB offer.

    Arriving by Auto
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  • Cloakroom

    There is an unguarded coat checkroom in the entrance area to the church.

  • Wheelchair seating

    The garden located next to the staircase takes you to the Lukassaal and to the elevator leading to the level of the entrance to the church.

  • Access to venues | Late admission

    The concert box office is located at the church entrance and opens one hour before the start of the event. Admission to the church begins about 30 minutes before the concert starts.

  • Gastronomy

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    Within walking distance of all event venues you can find a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and cafés. The Lucerne Tourism office will gladly assist you in making your selection. Overview of Lucerne Tourism