Pierre Lapointe is the violist of the Escher String Quartet and plays occasionally with the group Sejong Soloists. A former member of Chamber Music Society Two, he has performed at numerous venues across the United States and abroad. Mr. Lapointe’s main teachers were Yaëla Hertz Berkson, Calvin Sieb, Paul Yarbrough and Larry Dutton. Since June 2010, Pierre Lapointe plays on a viola ingeniously designed and made by Christophe Landon. In May 2012, violist Pierre Lapointe completed a thesis on Zemlinsky’s Second Quartet and obtained a Doctorate from Manhattan School of Music. Prior to this degree, he received a prize in 2004 from Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec for his work at the Gatineau Music Conservatory and was granted a gold medal by the University of Ottawa in 2000 for his Undergraduate studies in composition and violin performance.