Acclaim & Reviews

Accolades from around the world

A Quartet Engraved in Eternity

— Die Zeit

The finesse, the thoughtfulness and depth of the performance could not be surpassed.

— Berliner Morgenpost

The ASQ — with the same high level at each stand — played the Ravel with almost classic symmetry, beautiful and full of magical colors, and the result was a tender joy that united the musicians and the audience.

— Suddeutsche Zeitung

Even by European standards, they are perfect.

— Tiroler Tageszeitung, Innsbruck, Austria

From this combination of individual brilliance and ensemble perfection emerges one of the best quartets of our time.

— Darmstädter Echo

The Americans again demonstrated their natural, mature artistry, acquired with decades of experience.

— Suddeutsche Zeitung

Americans certainly, but with a refined European style

— Giornale di Sicilia

It was almost like acrobatics that was asked of the four string players in Berg’s Lyric Suite.… the expressiveness of the fascinating interpretation can only be called sensational.

— Sueddeutsche Zeitung

Luxurious, beautifully sculptured performances

— The New York Times

The American String Quartet’s program was, simply put, a comprehensive display of ensemble mastery, of passion, precision and interpretive smarts in near perfect synchrony.

— The Los Angeles Times

As straightforward and genuine as their name would imply, they reflect… the best of American attainments, technical brilliance and intellectual savvy, propelled by optimistic energy and artistic vitality.

— Greenwich Time (Connecticut)

The players embraced the pieces as they would old friends, performing with precision, eloquence and subtlety.


The Quartet seemed to be as totally enchanted by making music as they must have been as students. Their playing was crisp, the textures pristine and clear, the interpretations fresh and engaging, and the emotional impact intense and lasting.

— Houston Chronicle

The program was played as skillfully as it was constructed, with a finely calculated ensemble sound in which each player showed considerable individuality but all blended their strengths into a fine balance.

— The Washington Post

The artistry of this group was unmistakable: their singing tone had an almost magical warmth.

— St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It’s the music that stars.… There is something even more stimulating and in the end, more satisfying about a group that chooses to make the music the star.… This is an ensemble that functions so seamlessly that the glories of the music at hand take on more immediate importance than the players.

— Rocky Mountain News

Because of their assured rapport, flawless balance and unity of style, they play together with a sense of ease that lets each piece of music unfold like a living organism.

— The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

The ensemble’s togetherness of spirit in assertive as in gentle passages struck me as almost miraculous.

— The Gazette (Montreal)

Their unanimity of spirit and genuinely felt personal expression speak straight to the heart.

— Strings

The superb American String Quartet, whose members were on the jury, gave half a recital — their profound Haydn Op. 77 No. 2 was alone worth coming to Bordeaux for.

— The Strad

The finest quartet based in New York

— The Strad

If you are going to call yourself the American String Quartet, you need to be able to live up to your name.… I cannot think of another U.S. ensemble capable of making recordings as sustainedly stylish and beautiful as these.

— The Strad

String quartet recordings don’t get much better than this.

— American Record Guide
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