Career Highlights

1974
  • American String Quartet founded by students at The Julliard School
  • Winners of the Coleman Prize & the Naumburg Award
  • Aspen Music Festival residency begins
1975New York debut, Alice Tully Hall
1976Featured ensemble: Carnegie Hall/The Julliard School BiCentennial Concert Series
1977Featured on CBS’s Camera Three “Quartets” broadcast
1978One of first NEA Concert/Workshop Tour Grant Winners
1979First tour of Taiwan
1979–1998Taos School of Music residency
19801st European Tour
1980–1990Peabody Conservatory residency
1982
  • Featured ensemble on Steve Martin’s Best Show Ever, produced by NBC’s Saturday Night Live
  • Rice University Shepherd School of Music residency begins (1982–1985)
1984
  • Manhattan School of Music residency begins
  • Complete Schoenberg Quartet Cycle for UCLA Schoenberg Institute 10th Anniversary
1988Featured Ensemble in Hermann Prey’s Schubertiade at the 92nd Street Y, New York City
1989Commission of George Tsontakis 4th Quartet with a grant from Chamber Music America
1990Violinist Peter Winograd joins the quartet
1991
  • University of Nebraska Lied Center residency begins (1991–1994)
  • First tour of Japan
  • Complete Mozart Quintets with violist Michael Tree at Manhattan School of Music
1992–1997Complete Recordings of Mozart String Quartets on set of matched Stradivarius instruments (MusicMasters 6 CD set)
1993Second tour of Japan — Inaugural concerts for Yokahama’s Philia Hall
1994Performance of Bartók’s 4th Quartet with New York City Ballet
1996–2002“Cycles within Cycles,” Mozart Viola Quintets and Bartók Quartets at Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, California
1996Montreal Symphony season opening performances
1997–2000Beethoven the Contemporary series for University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Musical Society
1997Performers and adjudicators at the Evian Music Festival and Quartet Competition
199925th Anniversary — Tour of all 50 U.S. states
2005First tour to China
2006Cellist Wolfram Koessel joins the ASQ
2009First tour of Israel, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa
First tour of South America (with guest artist Menahem Pressler, piano)
2010–1135th Anniversary — NSS Music releases CD Schubert’s Echo
Residency at Taipei National University (TNUA) in Taiwan
European tour: Germany, Spain and Switzerland (with guest artist Menahem Pressler, piano)
2014–2015Complete cycle of Beethoven quartets in Tel Aviv (2014), again in Haifa (2015)
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