“…a blazing, larger-than-life performance…” – The Washington Post
Distinguished by its virtuosic playing and impassioned interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has earned its glowing international reputation. Formed in Israel nearly twenty years ago when its members were middle-school students, the Quartet was recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. The Ariel serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the rigorous chamber music program and perform their own annual series of concerts in addition to their busy touring schedule.
The group’s 2017-18 season features performances for Shriver Hall Concert Series, the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, and the New England Conservatory; on major series around the United States; and on tour in Israel and Europe. In the 2016-17 season, the Ariel Quartet performed the complete Beethoven cycle in Berlin, following a performance of the cycle for Napa’s Music in the Vineyards, and toured with Alon Goldstein, while 2015-16 season featured their debut at Carnegie Hall. Recent seasons included a groundbreaking Beethoven cycle performed at New York’s SubCulture that featured a midnight performance of the Grosse Fuge, and a performance featuring music by three generations of Israeli composers at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
The Ariel Quartet has collaborated with the pianist Orion Weiss; violist Roger Tapping; cellist Paul Katz; and the American, Pacifica, and Jerusalem String Quartets. The Quartet has toured with the cellist Alisa Weilerstein and has performed frequently with the legendary pianist Menahem Pressler. Additionally, the Ariel was quartet-in-residence for the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, and for the Perlman Music Program, and was the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-In-Residence at the Caramoor Festival.
Formerly the resident ensemble in the New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Training Program, the Ariel has won a number of prestigious international prizes including the Cleveland Quartet Award, the Competition “Franz Schubert and Modern Music” in Graz, the Grand Prize at the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and the overall Third Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition as well as the Székely Prize for their performance of Bartók. After that performance, the American Record Guide described the Ariel Quartet as “a consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power.”
The Ariel Quartet has been mentored extensively by Itzhak Perlman, Paul Katz, Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, and Martha Strongin Katz, among others, and spent a formative year in Switzerland for in-depth studies with Walter Levin, the founding first violinist of the LaSalle Quartet. The Quartet has received significant scholarship support for the members’ studies in the United States from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Dov and Rachel Gottesman, and the Legacy Heritage Fund. Most recently, they were awarded a substantial grant from The A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation.
November 2017 – Please do not edit without permission.