The American String Quartet – Biography

Also in Tel Aviv, guest artist Iris Regev, cello, will join the Quartet for Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major, D. 956, and Ori Kam, violist, will join the Quartet for the Brahms Quintet in G major, Op. 111. Other collaborators during the 2012–2013 season include violists Matthias Buchholz, Karen Dreyfus and Thomas Rosenthal; cellists William Grubb, Alexander Scheirle and Alan Stepansky; double bassist Timothy Cobb; pianists Robert McDonald and Menahem Pressler; and clarinetists Richard Stoltzman and Oskar Espina-Ruiz, as well as the Ariel Quartet.
To celebrate its 35th anniversary, the Quartet recorded an ambitious CD, Schubert’s Echo, released in August 2010 by NSS Music. The program invites the listener to appreciate the influence of Schubert on two masterworks of early 20th-century Vienna.
Critically acclaimed for its presentations of the complete quartets of Beethoven, Schubert, Schoenberg, Bartok and Mozart, the American also champions contemporary music. The Quartet has commissioned and premiered works by distinguished composers Claus Adam, Richard Danielpour, Kenneth Fuchs, Tobias Picker and George Tsontakis. 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, Dvorak, Fuchs, Prokofiev, Schoenberg and Tsontakis. Originally released by MusicMasters and again in 2008 by Nimbus Records, the Quartet’s recordings of the complete Mozart string quartets on a matched set of Stradivarius instruments are widely held to set the standard for this repertoire.
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).
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.