NEWS RELEASE - PSQ Appoints New Violist

Release date: Immediately

Date: March 21st, 2022

Subject: The Portland String Quartet Welcomes Brianna Fischler As Its New Violist     


Fischler, a seasoned performer and faculty member at the Portland Conservatory of Music, will perform at the PSQ’s April 3 Concert at Woodfords Church


Portland, ME – The Portland String Quartet, Maine’s critically acclaimed and longest running chamber music ensemble, announced today that it has appointed violist Brianna Fischler as the group’s newest member and the second full-time violist in its 53-year history. Fischler succeeds Julia Adams, the quartet’s founding violist, who performed with the quartet since its inception in 1969 and retired in 2020.


"I am excited to welcome Brianna Fischler as the new violist of the PSQ,” said Dean Stein, the Quartet’s first violinist. “Her playing impressively reflects her thoughts and passion for music, with her own distinctive voice. The rich tradition of the PSQ will continue."


Fischler is a violist/violinist and teacher based in Portland, Maine. She holds a B.M. in violin performance from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, where she studied with Bayla Keyes. She also studied with Krzysztof Kuznik at Manhattan School of Music Pre-College. Fischler, an alum of Kinhaven Music School, has attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Aspen Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, Garth Newel Music Center, and Three Bridges International Chamber Festival. She has performed in venues such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Woolsey Hall. Fischler has performed in master classes for Ani Kavafian and Pinchas Zukerman, and placed first in the University of Connecticut Chamber Music Competition with the Annellie String Trio. She is a founding member, as well as the Education Coordinator in Palaver Strings, a non-profit musician led chamber ensemble based in Boston, MA. Fischler is also certified in Early Childhood Music

Learning Theory and the Suzuki Method.


"I am honored and humbled to join the Portland String Quartet as their new violist,” Fischler said. The ensemble’s rich history in Maine is inspiring, and I am thrilled to help continue the legacy. I cannot wait to be a part of this new and exciting chapter."


On April 3 at Woodfords Church, Fischler will join the PSQ in performing a concert program featuring works by Joaquín Turina, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Jerod Tate. Maine concert attendees heard her perform as guest violist with the group during the first concert of their 53rd season in November and in the quartet’s “Gift to the City” Winter Solstice Concert on December 20, 2021. Fischler’s appointment is the culmination of a two-year, nationwide search to replace Adams.


"It is obvious that Brianna has a deep love for chamber music and a strong connection with the audience,” said Shirley Helfrich, Board President of the Portland String Quartet Society. “I am extremely pleased that she will be the new violist of the PSQ as it heads into its 54th season."



About the Portland String Quartet: 

With its 53rd concert season, the Portland String Quartet continues to bring great chamber music to Portland, the State of Maine, and around the world. The Quartet has a history of performing and recording the works of both new and under-represented composers as well as great composers of the past, and has inspired generations of players, teachers, and chamber music aficionados throughout Maine and beyond.


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