Pierre Lapointe is the violist of the Escher String Quartet, founding the group in 2005 with violinists Adam Barnett-Hart and Wu Jie and cellist Andrew Janss. In 2012, Lapointe completed a thesis on Zemlinsky’s Second Quartet to earn a doctorate from Manhattan School of Music and finished almost simultaneously a recording project of all four Zemlinsky string quartets on the Naxos label. Before devoting himself entirely to the viola, Pierre Lapointe played the violin and studied composition. His main teachers were Yaëla Hertz Berkson, Calvin Sieb, and Lawrence Dutton. Since 2015, he has been teaching chamber music at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.