Dubbed “independent-minded” by The New York Times, PUBLIQuartet’s creative programming lends a fresh perspective to the Classical music scene. Founded in 2010, PQ’s innovative programs span arrangements from the classical canon, contemporary works, original compositions, and open-form improvisations that expand the techniques and aesthetic of the traditional string quartet. This season PQ is the Quartet-In-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, performing curated concerts, integrated talks, and educational performances throughout the various galleries, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, and the Cloisters. PQ was selected as the Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places Ensemble at the 2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition, winning their 2013 Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize. Hailed by WQXR as a “…‘genre-independent’ quartet that not only vehemently supports emerging composers, but also composes collectively – a rare occurrence in this field,” the group received Chamber Music America’s 2015 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award for outstanding and innovative approaches to contemporary classical, jazz, and world chamber music. PUBLIQuartet’s commitment to supporting emerging composers inspired their innovative program, PUBLIQ Access. PQA is designed to promote composers at the most formative point in their careers and presents under-represented music in the string quartet repertoire in a variety of styles; from classical, jazz, electronic, to non-notated, world, and improvised music. In its first two years, the program has received over 250 submissions from composers across the U.S. PQ recently recorded these works on their debut album, and every PUBLIQuartet concert highlights at least one PUBLIQ Access composition, bringing exposure of this music to the widest possible reach, including their sold-out Carnegie Hall debut and newly released self-titled debut album on CAG Records.