The Tesla Quartet has just celebrated its tenth anniversary as an ensemble. It has released its debut album on Orchid Classics. The title indicates the composers whose music is included: "Haydn, Ravel, Stravinsky."
The album features Maurice Ravel's String Quartet in F major, Franz Joseph Haydn's String Quartet in C major (op. 54, no. 2) and Igor Stravinsky's Concertino for String Quartet. Tesla's violinist Ross Snyder also arranged three other Ravel pieces for string quartet: the Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn, the Menuet antique and the Menuet in C-sharp minor.
The Tesla Quartet was founded at the Juilliard School in 2008. They often refer to a quote attributed to their namesake, Nikola Tesla: "Though free to think and act, we are held together, like the stars in the firmament, with ties inseparable. These ties cannot be seen, but we can feel them."