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DEKA Quartet in Concert

History of the String Quartet: Deka Quartet in Concert

DEKA Quartet
  • Brian Bak - violin
  • Yue Sun - violin
  • Chieh-Fan Yiu - viola
  • So Sugiyama - cello


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Divertimento in D major, K. 136 
I. Allegro

Joseph Haydn - String Quartet Opus 76, No. 5 
I. Allegretto 

Ludwig van Beethoven - String Quartet in F Major, Opus 18, No. 1 
II. Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato 

Johann Sebastian Bach - Chorale Demonstration

Johann Sebastian Bach - Orchestral Suite #3 in D Major 

Johannes Brahms - String Quartet in a minor, Opus 51, No. 2 
I. Allegro non troppo 

Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 7 in f# minor, Opus 108 
I. Allegretto 

Brett Wery - String Quartet
I. Allegro con brio 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Divertimento in D major, K. 136
IV. Presto 

ca. 50 mins of playing time, 15 mins of introducing pieces.


The Deka Quartet formed in 2015 at Stony Brook University in Long Island, NY where members first met as doctoral candidates. They have held residencies at the Banff Chamber Music Program in Alberta, Canada, the Bowdoin Music Festival in Maine, the inaugural New Music for Strings Music Festival in Aarhus, Denmark, and have participated in the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar at Stanford University. Members of the quartet hold various degrees from the Juilliard School, Columbia University, Bard College, Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, and Stony Brook University.

Recent performances include invitations from the MET Museum in celebration of their 2018 exhibition, "Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera;" Yale University to perform at their annual Symposium on Music in Schools; the Rite of Springs Music Festival in Long Island, NY; and a performance of Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro alongside celebrated flutist Carol Wincenc and harpist Nancy Allen.

The quartet has been closely mentored by the Emerson String Quartet and David Finckel for the past half decade. During this period, the Dekas participated in the inaugural class of both Philip Setzer’s String Quartet Intensive Program and the recently formed Emerson String Quartet Institute at Stony Brook University. Upcoming engagements include an invitation to the 2020 Catherine Filene Shouse Institute at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Detroit, Michigan. 

The Dekas are deeply committed to teaching the next generation of musicians, and they collectively teach over 80 students on a weekly basis. In the spring, they will continue to serve as Artists-in-Residence at the SUNY Rockefeller Institute of Government. They will be continuing with a pilot program that involves teaching college students at SUNY Schenectady as well as children in the Empire State Youth Orchestra’s CHIME program in upstate New York.