MKI Artists Welcomes the Shanghai Quartet

“I’m so happy to welcome the Shanghai Quartet to MKI Artists. As you know, it’s an absolute joy to hear them perform, and we look forward to helping them build on their rich history as an ensemble. We’re especially excited about what’s coming next: a fascinating full-length documentary film that tells the story of their origin in Cultural Revolution-era China, their journey to America, and the growth of the Quartet’s international career; a new work from the legendary Krzysztof Penderecki; and close collaborations with Tan Dun, Wu Man, and many of the other leading musical figures and organizations in China.” – John Zion | Managing Director


Over the past thirty-five years the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. The Shanghai’s elegant style, impressive technique, and emotional breadth allows the Quartet to seamlessly move between masterpieces of Western music, traditional Chinese folk music, and cutting-edge contemporary works. Formed at the Shanghai Conservatory in 1983, soon after the end of China’s Cultural Revolution, the group came to the United States to complete its studies; the members have been based here ever since while maintaining a robust touring schedule at leading chamber-music series throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Among innumerable collaborations with noted artists, they have performed with the Tokyo, Juilliard, and Guarneri Quartets, cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Lynn Harrell, pianists Menahem Pressler, Peter Serkin, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Yuja Wang, pipa virtuoso Wu Man, and the vocal ensemble Chanticleer.

The Shanghai Quartet is the subject of the full-length documentary film Behind the Strings that will be released this fall. We’re proud to share an exclusive early look at the film here:


The Quartet performs on four exceptional instruments by Goffriller, Guarneri, and Stradivari, generously loaned through the Beare’s International Violin Society. Currently Quartet-in-Residence at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University in New Jersey, the Shanghai Quartet is also Ensemble-in-Residence with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and visiting guest professors of the Shanghai Conservatory and the Central Conservatory in Beijing.

Contact us now to discuss bringing the Shanghai Quartet to your series, as well as to arrange for a pre- or post-concert screening of the documentary.

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