Rothko String Quartet

  • Marc Kopitzki Viola
  • Jakob Nierenz Cello
  • Joosten Ellée Violine
  • William Overcash Violine

“A picture lives by companionship, expanding and quickening in the eyes of the sensitive observer. It dies by the same token." -  Mark Rothko  

The Rothko String Quartet (RSQ) was founded in Lüneburg, Germany in 2017 and consists of Marc Kopitzki (Viola), Jakob Nierenz (Cello), Joosten Ellée (violin), and William Overcash (violin). The latter have specialized by studying ancient music as well as contemporary music, which informs the groups flexibility in different styles of classical music and allows for versatile programming. With this diversity of style inherent to their nature, the quartet finds it imperative to perform music by marginalized composers as well as bring lesser known works to light.

 Their collaborative spirit inspires not only the work they do with living composers and artists of various disciplines but also the approach they take towards working with each other. In addition to performing newly written classical music, the RSQ is interested in the possibilities of crossing genres, from jazz to techno, working with producers, composers, and improvisers in these fields. Important partners have been composer Kaan Bulak, the techno-band dOP, and the jazz-focused HOLON Trio. Further the group collaborated with visual artist Sadie Weis, who created a painting live during a performance of Caroline Shaw’s Plan & Elevation by RSQ at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg in October 2020.