American String Quartet

Peter Winograd - Laurie Carney, violins
Daniel Avshalomov, viola - Wolfram Koessel, cello

“From this combination of individual brilliance and ensemble perfection emerges one of the best quartets of our time.” Darmstädter Echo
“Luxurious, beautifully sculptured performances” The New York Time


Internationally recognized as one of the world’s foremost quartets, the American String Quartet celebrates its 43rd season in 2018–20179. Critics and co­lleagues hold the Quartet in high esteem and many of today’s leading artists and composers seek out the Quartet for collab­o­ra­tions.

In three decades of world tours, the American String Quartet has performed in the 50 states of the United States and concerts in almost all international concert venues worldwide such as the Berlin Philharmonie hall, Herkulesaal Munich, Carnegie Hall, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, as well as tours in Japan, China, and Latin America and more than 30 tours in Europe. 

The frequently collaborates with artists such as Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode, Murray Perhaia, Menham Pressler, Pinchas Zukerman, Ida Kavafian, Claus Adam, Sharon Kam, Richard Stolzamn, James Galaway, Heinz Holliger, Thomas Hampson, Sharon Isbin, Tokyo Quartet, Juilliard Quartet and Latin American Quartet, Richard Stoltzman, among others.

The American also champions contemporary music. The Quartet has commissioned and premiered works by distinguished American composers Claus Adam, Richard Danielpour, Kenneth Fuchs, Tobias Picker, George Tsontakis, and Robert Sirota. 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, Dvořák, Fuchs, Prokofiev, Schoenberg, and Tsontakis. Originally released by Music Masters 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.

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.

The American String Quartet is resident at the Manhattan School of Music in New York since 1984 and the prestigious Aspen Music Festival since 1974. They have also held residencies at the Taos School of Music, the Peabody Conservatory, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Among their many artistic activities, the quartet has appeared on radio and television as well as in performances at the New York City Ballet, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Mark Morris Dance Company and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

  • American String Quartet
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