Artaria String Quartet
Photo: Vicki Blazing
A warm, rich sound is the hallmark of the Artaria String Quartet. Named after the Italian publishers of the first issues of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven quartets, Artaria’s refined and thoughtful playing has brought them critical acclaim in Europe and throughout the United States. The Boston Globe describes Artaria as “exquisitely balanced and sonorous” and that “their musical understanding was first-rate”.
Formed in Boston in 1986, Artaria was mentored by members of the Budapest, La Salle, Kolisch, Juilliard, and Cleveland Quartets, serving as artists-in-residence at Boston University's Tanglewood Institute, performing at Festival de L’Epau in France, and at the final rounds of the 1992 Banff International String Quartet Competition. They have made numerous appearances on television and live radio, and have performed at major venues throughout the U.S. including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Cleveland and Boston. In 2001, Artaria became Minnesota's quartet-in-residence, winning the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for performing musicians, serving as MPR's artists-in-residence, and being featured as Minnesota originals on Twin Cities Public Television MN-Original series.
Artaria is recognized nationally for their passionate teaching style and for their commitment to preparing a new generation of chamber musicians. Recipients of the inaugural Rural Residency Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Quartet has been awarded Teaching Artist grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, Midori's Partners in Performance, and the Heartland Fund for performance and educational outreach. They possess an exceptional ability to offer exciting performances and innovative programs to audiences of all ages.
Members of the Artaria String Quartet are founders and directors of the Artaria Chamber Music School in Saint Paul, MN a year-round chamber music coaching program for advanced string players, and the Stringwood Chamber Music Festival. They also present the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, an annual national event that showcases America’s finest high school string quartets in the country.
Firmly rooted in the great traditions of the chamber music masterpieces, the Artaria String Quartet is a staunch advocate of contemporary music, premiering a wide array of new works and numerous commissions. The quartet’s performances are recorded on Centaur Records and Aequebis Recordings.
“The faculty insights about music and playing were mind-blowing. I really enjoyed all of the master classes.”
“Coming home from the Artaría concert... everyone was super excited and talking about the concert, and I realized, everyone is like me and cares about the music and finds it really fun.”