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Hailed for their outstanding musicianship, the Arianna String Quartet has firmly established itself as one of America’s finest chamber ensembles. Formed in 1992, they garnered national attention by winning the Grand Prize in the 1994 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and First Prize in both the Coleman and Carmel Chamber Music Competitions. They were also Laureates in the 1999 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. In 2000, the members of the Arianna String Quartet were appointed to the faculty at the University of Missouri-St. Louis as Artist Teachers and Quartet-in-Residence, and were recently named Associate Professors of Music.

The Arianna Quartet has concertized throughout the United States, Mexico, Japan, Canada and France, including critically acclaimed performances at Orchestra Hall in Chicago and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. They have collaborated with artists such as Gilbert Kalish, Bernard Greenhouse, Richard Stoltzman, and members of the Vermeer Quartet, Tokyo Quartet, and Cleveland Quartet. The Arianna Quartet has recorded for the Centaur, Albany, and Urtext classical labels.

The Arianna String Quartet has been featured in concerts at the Spoleto, Banff, Norfolk, and Strings in the Mountains festivals, was Ensemble-in-Residence at the Tanglewood Music Center, and was invited by Isaac Stern to perform in his first ever Carnegie Hall master classes. They have been heard on live nationally broadcast performances in Osaka, Japan, and on Canada’s CBC radio, several times as part of Chicago’s prestigious Dame Myra Hess Series, and on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” program.

Recognized for their innovative educational programs, the ASQ was awarded Chamber Music America Residency Grants in 1996 and 2003 and has given over 700 educational outreach performances. In 2005, the Arianna Quartet received the Missouri String Teacher Association’s Distinguished Service Award for their outstanding contributions to music education and the cultivation of young audiences throughout Missouri. In 2007, the Arianna Quartet was given the St. Louis critic’s award for “Outstanding Instrumental Achievement” for their acclaimed presentation of the complete Beethoven Quartet Cycle, a first in St. Louis.

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asq2 - 2 May 2010
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