American String Quartet

Monday, October 21, 2013, 8:00PM | at Caruth Auditorium

From left to right:

Peter Winograd, violin
Laurie Carney, violin
Wolfram Koessel, cello
Daniel Avshalomov, viola

Alban Berg: Lyric Suite
Ludwig von Beethoven: Quartet in a minor, Op. 132

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.

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).

Internationally recognized as one of the world’s foremost quartets, the American String Quartet celebrates its 37th season in 2012–2013. Critics and col­leagues hold the Quartet in high esteem and many of today’s leading artists and composers seek out the Quartet for collaborations.

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