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The Daedalus Quartet

New York City, NY            

Praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets,” the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. The New York Times has praised the Daedalus Quartet’s “insightful and vibrant” Haydn, the “impressive intensity” of their Beethoven, their “luminous” Berg, and the “riveting focus” of their Dutilleux. The Washington Post has acclaimed their performance of Mendelssohn for its “rockets of blistering virtuosity,” while the Houston Chronicle has described the “silvery beauty” of their Schubert and the “magic that hushed the audience” when they played Ravel. Since its founding the Daedalus Quartet has performed in many of the world’s leading musical venues; in the United States and Canada these include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center (Great Performers series), the Library of Congress, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., and Boston’s Gardner Museum, as well as on major series in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. Abroad the ensemble has been heard in such famed locations as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, and in leading venues in Japan. The Daedalus Quartet has won plaudits for its adventurous exploration of contemporary music, most notably the compositions of Elliott Carter, George Perle, György Kurtág and György Ligeti. Among the works the ensemble has premiered are Fred Lerdahl’s Third String Quartet and his Chaconne, Huck Hodge’s The Topography of Desire, Joan Tower’s White Water, and Laurie San Martin’s Six Cuts.  The Quartet has also collaborated with some of the world’s finest instrumentalists: these include pianists Marc-André Hamelin, Simone Dinnerstein, Awadagin Pratt, Joyce Yang, and Benjamin Hochman; clarinetists Paquito D’Rivera, Ricardo Morales, and Alexander Fiterstein; and violists Roger Tapping and Donald Weilerstein. To date the Quartet has forged associations with some of America’s leading classical music and educational institutions: Carnegie Hall, through its European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO) Rising Stars program; and Lincoln Center, which appointed the Daedalus Quartet as the Chamber Music Society Two quartet for 2005-07. The Daedalus Quartet has served as Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006. In 2007, the Quartet was awarded Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award. The Quartet won Chamber Music America’s Guarneri String Quartet Award, which funded a three-year residency in Suffolk County, Long Island from 2007-2010. The Daedalus Quartet’s recordings include a disc of Stravinsky, Ravel, and Sibelius; the three quartets of Fred Lerdahl; quartets of George Perle, and the Haydn “Sun” Quartets, all for Bridge Records. Among the highlights of the 2017-18 season were  a presentation of the complete Beethoven String Quartets, in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania; a performance of Mendelssohn’s Octet with the Brentano Quartet, to mark the series finale for Newtown Friends of Chamber Music in Connecticut; two tours of the West Coast, including an engagement with the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, CA; a 22-concert tour of Germany in the spring of 2018; and the world premiere of Frenetic Memories by Vivian Fung for clarinet and string quartet, with clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois, at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The award-winning members of the Daedalus Quartet hold degrees from the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, Cleveland Institute, and Harvard University.

Fred Lerdahl: Quartet no. 2

From a performance at the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA
October 18, 2012

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Laurie San Martin: ‘Six Cuts’ for String Quartet

From a performance at the Pitzer Center, UC Davis, California on January 18, 2019

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