Jasper String Quartet
We are excited to welcome back the Jasper String Quartet for the third year in a row. Quartet in Residence at Temple University’s Graduate School of Music, The Jaspers have been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad), and the New York Times named their latest album, Unbound, as one of the 25 Best Classical Recordings of 2017.
About the Artist
Winner of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award, Philadelphia's Jasper String Quartet is the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University's Center for Gifted Young Musicians and the Founder and Artistic Director of Jasper Chamber Concerts.
The Jaspers have been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and the New York Times named their latest album, Unbound, as one of the 25 Best Classical Recordings of 2017.
The Quartet launched their inaugural season of Jasper Chamber Concerts in 2016, a series in Philadelphia devoted to world class performances of masterworks from around the world and Philadelphia, featuring Philadelphia-connected composers and performers on each concert. The Quartet continues with the third season in 2018-19.
The Jasper String Quartet also looks forward to their 2019 commission of Lera Auerbach, Akira Nishimura, Chris Theofanidis and Joan Tower for 4 Seasons | 4 Composers, a work bringing the brilliant muse of the seasons to the string quartet genre.
The Quartet completed their latest commission tour of Aaron Jay Kernis’ 3rd String Quartet "River" at Wigmore Hall (London, UK). Their Carnegie Hall Recital with the work received a glowing review in The Strad.
The Jasper String Quartet's next album on Sono Luminus will feature Kernis Quartet No. 3 and Debussy Quartet. This, their 5th album, completes the Kernis Quartet Cycle and adds to their recordings of Beethoven Op. 59, No. 3, Beethoven Op. 131 and Schubert Death and the Maiden. Their 2017 album, Unbound, features the first recordings of quartets by Donnacha Dennehy, Annie Gosfield, Judd Greenstein, Ted Hearne, David Lang, Missy Mazzoli and Caroline Shaw.
In Quartet was formed in 2008, and they immediately swept through the competition circuit: winning the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the Grand Prize at the Coleman Competition, First Prize at Chamber Music Yellow Springs, and the Silver Medal at the 2008 and 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions. They were also the first ensemble honored with Yale School of Music’s Horatio Parker Memorial Prize, an award established in 1945 and selected by the faculty for “best fulfilling… lofty musical ideals." In 2010, they joined the roster of Astral Artists after winning their national auditions.
The Quartet was the 2010-12 Ensemble-in-Residence at Oberlin Conservatory and, in conjunction with Astral Artists, was awarded a 2012 Chamber Music America grant through its Residency Partnership Program for work in Philadelphia schools. From 2009-2011, the Jaspers were the Ernst C. Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts (Katonah, NY). They were the first ensemble to be invited for a second year as such.