Artaria String Quartet - Mozart, Britten, Maconchy
Cappella Performing Arts Center
“Minnesota’s foremost teaching and performing string quartet, Artaria Quartet is likely to give eloquent voice to whatever work it tackles.” — Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press
Described as an “exceptional ensemble with impressive confidence in its interpretations” and “Minnesota’s foremost teaching and performing string quartet”, the Artaria String Quartet recently celebrated its 30 year of chamber music concerts. Winners of the 2004 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, and named 2013-14 Minnesota Public Radio Artists-in-Residence, Artaria was also featured on Twin Cities Public Television as part of the “Minnesota Originals” series.
Artaria’s refined and thoughtful playing has brought them to major venues throughout the United States and Europe, on national television and public radio stations, and at top summer festivals including the Banff Centre in Canada, Festival de L’Epau in France, and the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA.
Artaria has earned numerous awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and the Minnesota State Arts Board for excellence in performance and educational outreach. Directors of the Artaria Chamber Music School, a premiere weekly string chamber music program in Saint Paul; and Stringwood Chamber Music Festival, featuring the ASQ and renowned guest artists every June in Lanesboro, MN; they are founders of the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, which showcases the nation’s top high school age string quartets each April.
Performance Repertoire – “Innovative”
- W.A. Mozart: “Dissonance” Quartet
- Elizabeth Maconchy: Quartet No. 3
- Benjamin Britten: Quartet No. 1
Ray Shows, violin
Nancy Oliveros, violin
Annalee Wolf, viola
Patricia Ryan, cello