The Daedalus Quartet (pronounced DED-a-lus) was founded in the summer of 2000, and one year later captured the Grand Prize of the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition, quickly establishing itself as among America’s outstanding string quartets.

The Daedalus Quartet was named by Carnegie Hall to participate in the ECHO (European Concert Hall Organization) Rising Stars program, through which it made debuts during the 2004-2005 season at the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Megaron (Athens), the Festspielhaus (Baden-Baden), Symphony Hall (Birmingham), the Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), Philharmonie (Cologne), the Cité de la Musique (Paris), the Mozarteum (Salzburg), and the Musikverein (Vienna), as well as at Weill Recital Hall for Carnegie Hall’s “Distinctive Debuts” series. A re-engagement to perform at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall followed.

The Daedalus Quartet was appointed by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as the Chamber Music Society Two quartet for the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons, leading to numerous performances at Lincoln Center, including collaborations with artist members of the Society and other Chamber Music Society Two artists, as well as participation in many of the Society’s educational programs. The ensemble was appointed Columbia University’s Quartet-in-Residence for the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons, and its members are Visiting Artists at the University of Pennsylvania for the 2006-2007 season.

Other major engagements in the United States have included the Library of Congress, the Houston Friends of Music, Stanford Lively Arts, the La Jolla Music Society, Music in the Park (Saint Paul), the Corcoran Gallery (Washington), the Gardner Museum (Boston), New York University, the University of Kansas Lied Center, the Friends of Chamber Music in Portland, Ore. and Kansas City, the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild, the University of Washington, the University at Buffalo, Purdue Convocations, and the Chamber Music Society of the North Shore (Chicago). They have performed Erwin Schulhoff’s Concerto for String Quartet with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Following their success at the Banff competition, the ensemble performed coast-to-coast in Canada, including major series in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Vancouver, as well as in Japan.

Other festival appearances have included the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, the Caramoor Festival (where they have been the Ernst Stiefel Quartet in Residence), the Bard Music Festival, the Next Generation Festival in Pennsylvania, the Skaneateles Festival, Music Mountain, and the Music Festival of the Hamptons. Their performances have been featured at a Haydn festival presented by the Lincoln International Chamber Music Festival in the United Kingdom, and an Elliott Carter festival co-presented by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the University of Minnesota.

The Daedalus Quartet’s debut CD, works of Ravel, Sibelius, and Stravinsky, was released in August 2006 by Bridge Records.

The Daedalus Quartet has won wide acclaim for their performances of contemporary music, including works by Elliott Carter, George Perle, György Kurtág, and György Ligeti. Among the works they have premiered is David Horne’s Flight from the Labyrinth, commissioned for the quartet by the Caramoor Festival.

The Daedalus Quartet is active in music education for adults and children alike. In addition to their work with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the quartet has served as a resident ensemble of the Lincoln Center Institute, performing for school children throughout the New York metropolitan area. Great Performers at Lincoln Center has presented the quartet in Robert Kapilow’s “What Makes It Great” series, and they have twice been recipients of educational residency grants from Chamber Music America.

The members of the quartet hold degrees from Juilliard, Curtis, the Cleveland Institute, and Harvard University. Brother and sister violinists Kyu-Young Kim and Min-Young Kim, who alternate on first violin, and cellist Raman Ramakrishnan grew up in East Patchogue, Long Island; they met violist Jessica Thompson, a Minneapolis native, at the Marlboro Festival.

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