FORT COLLINS — Newly minted Grammy Award winners, the Parker Quartet kicked off a trio of Colorado performances on Saturday at the University Center for the Arts in Fort Collins.

Its members - Daniel Chong and Karen Kim, violinists; Jessica Bodner, violist; and cellist Kee-Hyun Kim — all in their late-20s — performed three demanding works with the vigor and artistic veracity of more seasoned ensembles.

In Claude Debussy’s novel String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10, the foursome delivered technical exactitude without compromising the French composer’s bent toward colors, sensations and a looser form than that of his influential Germanic predecessors.

Throughout the four-movement quartet, Chong’s sure and lucid cues led the ensemble in an animated, remarkably cohesive interpretation of Debussy’s sometimes delicate, sometimes grandiose tonal textures and effects.

The quartet then deftly executed Leos Janacek’s singular sound world - comprising short musical ideas that pack an emotional punch - in his String Quartet No. 29 (”Intimate Letters”). Here, Bodner set the ever-quickening pace of the Czech composer’s passionate portrait of unrequited love.

Arguably saving the best for last, the extraordinarily gifted group elegantly navigated the magnificent heights and depths of Johannes Brahms’ String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51. Recalling both Beethoven and Bach, the work is replete with intricate musical ideas and technical tricks … but the quartet tackled them all with fervor and aplomb.

In the Andante movement, especially, Chong shone in his introduction of the warm, soulful melody that overlay a tightly calibrated accompaniment by Bodner and Kim. Likewise, in the third movement that features a double canon, the cellist and second violinist held together beautifully in their variation on the minuetto theme, while Chong and Bodner played a different theme.

The brilliant, bursting Finale further demonstrated the palpable connection and close communication among the quartet members.

Their polished presence and fresh approach make them a formidable force already, and pave the way for even richer musical interpretations as they continue to mature as individuals and artists.