Celebrates 42nd Concert Season in 2017–2018

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Internationally recognized as one of the world’s foremost quartets, the American String Quartet celebrates its 42nd season in 2017–2018. Critics and col­leagues hold the Quartet in high esteem and many of today’s leading artists and composers seek out the Quartet for col­lab­o­ra­tions. ASQ col­lab­o­ra­tions are listed here »

The Quartet is also known for its performances of the complete quartets of Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schoenberg, Bartók, Mendels­sohn, and Mozart, as well as all the string quintets of Mozart, Mendels­sohn, and Brahms. The Quartet’s recordings of the complete Mozart string quartets on a matched set of Stradi­varius instruments are widely held to have set the standard for this repertoire.

To celebrate its 35th anniversary, the Quartet recorded an ambitious CD, Schubert’s Echo, released by NSS Music. The program invites the listener to appreciate the influence of Schubert on two masterworks of early 20th-century Vienna. More about Schubert’s Echo here »

photo by Peter Schaaf

In addition to quartets by European masters, the American naturally per­forms quartets by American com­pos­ers. Violist Daniel Av­sha­lo­mov dis­cuss­es a dozen American Mas­ter­pieces here »

The American also champions contemporary music. The Quartet has commissioned and premiered works by distinguished American composers Claus Adam, Richard Danielpour, Kenneth Fuchs, Tobias Picker, George Tsontakis, and Robert Sirota. The Quartet has recorded on the Albany, CRI, MusicMasters, Musical Heritage Society, Nonesuch, and RCA labels. The Quartet’s discography includes works by Adam, Corigliano, Danielpour, Dvořák, Fuchs, Prokofiev, Schoenberg, and Tsontakis. ASQ com­mis­sions and premieres are listed here »

The Quartet’s innovative programming and creative approach to education has resulted in notable residencies throughout the country. The Quartet continues as quartet in residence at the Manhattan School of Music (1984–present) and the Aspen Music Festival (1974–present). The ASQ taught in Beijing, China, from 2005 to 2014, and travels widely abroad. Read about the ASQ’s travels »

Formed in 1974 when its original members were students at The Juilliard School, the American String Quartet was launched by winning both the Coleman Competition and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in the same year. ASQ career high­lights are listed here »

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