Painting expressive pictures with just four instruments, Videri String Quartet is sure to dazzle at this year's MAGFest! The Boston-based group has been building a following for a number of years, and now we are proud to bring them to the main stage. Come, take a seat, and bask in the varied and nuanced performance that awaits you!
Videri String Quartet
Founded in 2012, the Videri String Quartet is a revolutionary ensemble dedicated to performing the music of video games. A pioneer in both the video game and classical music communities, Videri is committed to reinventing the string quartet experience for the modern listener. The quartet utilizes a unique hybrid of aural and visual narratives, often performing standard quartet repertoire such as Haydn or Jan alongside music from video games such as Halo and BioShock. Videri seeks to explore the ways in which video game music impacts its listeners, discover the parallels between traditional classical music and video game music, celebrate the dynamic link between music and storytelling, and to use video game music as a means of expression for children and young adults.
Videri is passionate about performing the music of video games, compositions that can easily contend with their counterparts in film and contemporary music in terms of expressiveness, nuance, and color. In their mission to promote video game music, Videri has performed their unique repertoire across the country in a variety of venues. In July 2012, Videri made its performance debut at the Rooster Teeth convention in Austin, Texas, where they opened for the Jeff Williams Freelance Orchestra. Since then, notable performances have included the Boston Festival of Indie Games, IndieCade in Los Angeles, the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Pre-Concert Event at the Nintendo World Store in New York City, the Game Developers Conference and Game Audio Network Guild Awards in San Francisco, the Showa Boston Institute for Language & Culture, and the Japan Festival in Boston. In summer 2015, Videri was chosen as a Fellowship Quartet for the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. There they were coached by the Apple Hill Director, Leonard Matczynski, and performed a concert of Haydn Quartet op. 20, no. 4 and video game compositions to hearty ovations. Many audience members, upon hearing video game music for the first time, were amazed by its creativity and expressive power.