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Diderot String Quartet: Bio

Diderot String Quartet – named after the eighteenth-century French philosopher and Boccherini enthusiast Denis Diderot-brings a fresh approach to works of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Diderot came together in 2012 after having first met at Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School. The four musicians share a background in historical performance and a passion for the string quartet genre; they found the thrill of exploring the quartet repertoire on period instruments to be irresistible.

Recent and upcoming engagements for Diderot String Quartet include Friends of Chamber Music Vancouver and Early Music Vancouver, Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music (NE), Music Before 1800 (New York City), Chamber Music Corvallis (Corvallis, OR), Early Music Society of the Islands (Victoria, BC), Music in the Somerset Hills (Bernardsville, NJ), Hemet Community Concert Association (Hemet, CA), Academy of Early Music (Ann Arbor), Fullerton Friends of Music (Fullerton, CA), Electric Earth Concerts (Peterborough, NH) and St. Cecilia Music Series (Austin, TX). The quartet also enters a fourth year as Quartet in Residence at the Washington National Cathedral.

Diderot String Quartet has served as guest faculty for Oberlin's Baroque Performance Institute, and been in residence at Aldeburgh Music in the U.K and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (New York City), and has performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Toledo Museum of Art and Carmel Bach Festival. Other notable events include the recent premiere of Diderot's first commissioned work-Small Infinities by composer Lembit Beecher-and the release of the group's recordings of Mozart and little-known composer Hyacinthe Jadin.


Adriane Post, violin, formed her first quartet at age 11 and found her love of chamber music. She can be heard as leader of Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, founding member of ACRONYM Ensemble, member of Apollo's Fire and Handel&Haydn Society, as a regular with Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra and performing with many period instrument ensembles across the US. Described as one of North America's "brightest and best" by Early Music America, Adriane has received a fellowship from The English Concert and has performed with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie in Thiré, France, and as concertmaster for Nicolas McGegan and Jordi Savall with Juilliard 415.

Recent performances include Spoleto USA, Tanglewood, The BBC Proms and the Carmel Bach Festival.  Adriane received her BM from Oberlin Conservatory and her MM from The Juilliard School's Historical Performance program.  A proud Vermonter, Adriane admits to residing happily in Brooklyn with her husband, Paul Dwyer.


Johanna Novom, violin, grew up in the woods of New Hampshire, and is currently based in Brooklyn. Her unusual schooling encouraged a variety of artistic inclinations that she thrives on to this day.  She began playing violin at age 10, and the collaborative, communicative aspects of music have always inspired her, making chamber music an obvious priority. Johanna discovered baroque violin while pursuing her BM with Marilyn McDonald at Oberlin, and went on to achieve a Master's in Historical Performance. She also spent a fellowship year in the Yale Baroque Ensemble under Robert Mealy.

First prize winner of ABS' 2008 International Young Artists' Competition, Johanna is Associate Concertmaster of Apollo's Fire in Cleveland, and performs with many period ensembles, including Trinity Wall Street Choir and Baroque Orchestra, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, TENET, Concert Royal, Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, ACRONYM, and the Sebastian Chamber Players.  Recent festival engagements include the Carmel Bach Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Tanglewood Festival, and the BBC Proms.


Kyle Miller, viola, made his concerto debut in 2005 with the Reading (Pennsylvania) Symphony Orchestra as 'the dog' in P. D. Q. Bach's Canine Cantata, 'Wachet Arf!'. Since that day, Kyle has gone on to study at the New England Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, and The Juilliard School, the last at which he earned master's degrees in both viola performance and historical performance. Kyle's home base is New York City, and he freelances both in the Big Apple and abroad. A founding member of ACRONYM, Diderot String Quartet, and New York Baroque Incorporated, Kyle also has appeared in concert with Apollo's Fire, the Bach Players of Holy Trinity, Clarion Orchestra, the English Concert, Four Nations Ensemble, House of Time, Quodlibet Ensemble, the Sebastians, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and Trinity Baroque Orchestra. Kyle was selected to be an English Concert American Fellow in 2015, and he has performed at the Carmel Bach Festival. In his spare time, Kyle enjoys eating freshly baked cookies whilst playing artisanal board games.


Paul Dwyer, cello, was born in Munster, Indiana, but spent the most formative years of his life (according to Freud) in Vienna, where he decided to play the double bass, but was told he's too small.  At age eight his family moved to Munich, where Paul spent most of his time playing soccer, running subversive school newspapers and transcribing Metallica songs for a heavy metal cello quartet he formed with his best friends.

Paul followed his roots back to the American Midwest for college, studying at the Oberlin Conservatory (B.M. '07) and the University of Michigan (M.M. '08; D.M.A. '12), where he was the recipient of a Javits Fellowship and Presser Award, before spending a year in Amsterdam as a Fulbright Fellow studying new music with Frances-Marie Uitti and baroque cello with Anner Byslma. In 2013, he completed additional graduate studies in the Historical Performance department of The Juilliard School. Paul is fortunate to have a rich musical life playing both historical and modern cello.

Paul loves to play chamber music and collaborate with young composers. He is a founding member of the DSQ and ACRONYM, and plays with ensembles such as Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, the Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra and House of Time.  In the fall of 2015 he was appointed Assistant Principal cello of Lyric Opera of Chicago.  He lives with his wife, Adriane in Brooklyn.

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In their second release with Bear Machine Records, Diderot String Quartet presents a masterful performance of Jadin's String Quartet in E flat, Op. 2, No. 1. Undeniably influenced by Mozart's famous "Dissonance" Quartet (Diderot String Quartet: Bear Machine Records, 2018), the work's opening Largo conjures a menacing sunrise only to give way to a kaleidoscope of moods that could obviously only come from a playful mind. From the expansive warmth of the Allegro Moderato, to the lovesick pleas of the Adagio, the jovial Menuetto, and the joyously raucous Finale Allegro, Diderot String Quartet leads an expert tour through the soul of this now forgotten composer. 

Born in 1776 as the spirit of revolution starts to sweep across the world, Hyacinthe Jadin is a composer who might have become a household name were it not for his short and tragic life. A prodigy from an early age, Jadin was first published at nine years old and made his concert debut at Paris' legendary Concert Spirituel at thirteen. He lived and died in the shadow of Versailles, where his father was a bassoonist and oboist and his older brother served as piano teacher to Marie-Antoinette, in the final days of the Royal Court Orchestra. But as the French Revolution swept away the Anciene Régime Jadin began composing for revolutionary festivals, and in 1795 he was appointed professor to the first class of women pianists at the newly created Paris Conservatoire. Despite his bright beginning Jadin's health began to fail him, leading Napoleon Bonaparte to personally excuse him from military service, granting Jadin the rest of his short life to compose and perform. After his final performance of one his own piano concertos in June of 1800, Jadin disappeared from public life. Impoverished, he died of tuberculosis four months later at the age of 24 in his family home in Versailles. Despite such a short life, Jadin left behind over fifty works, including twelve string quartets that are finally garnering the composer the acclaim he's arguably deserved over the past 200 years.

Diderot String Quartet first formed in 2012 after some chance meetings at Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School. Their combined modern conservatory and early music training directly informs their unique perspective, breathing new life into familiar music, all while bringing unknown and underappreciated works to the ears of audiences across North America. Heralded for their "perfect blend of gravitas and lyricism" (Stage and Cinema, September 2018) Diderot String Quartet is in their fourth year as Quartet in Residence at the Washington National Cathedral.