Founded in March 2012 by violist Roselie Samter, Videri String Quartet is a classically-trained quartet specializing in performing high-quality arrangements of video game music for audiences of all ages. Videri, a Latin word meaning “to be seen” and the quartetäó»s namesake, alludes to the role of music in illuminating visual narratives. Videriäó»s core artistic objectives are to explore ways in which video game music connects with its listeners, to celebrate the dynamic link between music and storytelling, and to make classical music more accessible to children and young adults by exposing them to popular video game scores rooted in classical music traditions.
In July 2012, Videri made its performance debut at the Rooster Teeth convention in Austin, Texas where they opened for the Jeff Williamsäó» Freelance Orchestra. The quartet was also featured in the bonus soundtrack of the game äóěMonaco,äóť composed by Grammy Award nominee Austin Wintory, and was asked by Blizzard Entertainment to arrange two pieces for the Gamescom Convention in Germany. In autumn of 2013, Videri was invited to perform at the Boston Festival of Indie Games, IndieCade in Los Angeles, and the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Pre-Concert Event at the Nintendo World Store in New York City.
As a Boston-based group, Videri enthusiastically applies its talent in educating and entertaining members of the local community. The quartet has volunteered performances at schools and cultural events, in addition to sharing its experiences with music students interested in entering the video game music industry. In May 2013, the quartet performed at the Japan Festival in Boston and, four months later, accompanied Japanese ocarina player, Zenkyu, during his concert at the Showa Boston Institute for Language & Culture. In November 2013, invited by the Berklee College of Musicäó»s Video Game Music Club, Videri held a panel discussion about the business side of running a string quartet.
On September 18, 2013 the Videri String Quartet released Portals, its first album featuring music from Mario, Journey, Final Fantasy, and other beloved games.