Harlem Quartet’s long search gathers an intensity
Many twists on the path to finding the right musicians and holding onto them
The Harlem Quartet’s crisis appeared to be over. After searching for months, the group, in its final year of residency in New England Conservatory’s prestigious professional string quartet training program, had finally found a cellist with the rare range of skills required to replace the departing Paul Wiancko. But a surprise refusal from the chosen candidate threatened the future of the ensemble.