In addition to performing classical music, and in particular the classic string quartet repertoire of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Bartók and Shostakovich, they have collaborated with such rock and pop figures as Björk, Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney. They perform the "Strings" on Björk's "Family Tree" collection.
The quartet used to perform standing up. Jacqueline Thomas had her cello fitted with an extra-long spike and she used a small stool under her left foot so that the instrument could rest against her bent knee.
As well as their performance and recording work, the Brodsky Quartet are currently the visiting quartet at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where they regularly tutor young chamber music ensembles who attend the academy. For many years[when?] they taught and performed at the Dartington International Summer School.
The Brodsky Quartet is not the first quartet of that name. Violinist Adolph Brodsky led two separate quartets under that name. In 1918 Edward Elgar dedicated his String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83 to the 2nd Adolph Brodsky quartet.
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