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Aeolus Quartet

Aeolus Quartet


String Quartet

Nicholas Tavani & Rachel Shapiro, violins
Caitlin Lynch, viola
Alan Richardson, cello

Praised by the Baltimore Sun for combining “smoothly meshed technique with a sense of spontaneity and discovery,” the Aeolus Quartet is committed to presenting time-seasoned masterworks and new cutting-edge works to widely diverse audiences with equal freshness, dedication, and fervor.

Aeolus Quartet formed in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Since its inception, the all-American quartet has been awarded prizes at nearly every major competition in the United States and performed across the globe with showings “worthy of a major-league quartet” (Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News). Mark Satola of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes, “The quartet has a rich and warm tone combined with precise ensemble playing (that managed also to come across as fluid and natural), and an impressive musical intelligence guided every technical and dramatic turn.”

The 2021-2022 season highlights include performances at the Victoria Bach Festival, the Morgan Library, the Fullerton Friends of Music, Chamber Music Northwest, the California Baptist University, Musica Viva NY, Friends of Chamber Music Reading, Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society, and the Chamber Music Society of Detroit.

In recent seasons, the Aeolus quartet held performances at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the University of Texas at Austin, Cornell University, Fairmont Chamber Music Society, University of Missouri-Columbia, NYC’s Bohemian National Hall, and in NYC’s Prototype Festival, where they premiered a new chamber opera composed by Ricky Ian Gordon.

The Quartet has also performed across North America, Europe, and Asia in venues such as the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (as part of the Great Performer’s Series), Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Reinberger Recital Hall at Severance Hall, Merkin Hall, The Library of Congress, Renwick Gallery, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center. The Quartet was also recently featured on the hit Netflix show The Defenders.

The Aeolus Quartet have been Grand Prizewinners of the Plowman Chamber Music Competition and Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. They were awarded First Prize at the Coleman International Chamber Ensemble Competition, a Silver Medal at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, and a Bronze Medal at the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in New England. The Austin Critics’ Table named the Aeolus Quartet their 2010-2011 “Best Ensemble,” and their 2016-17 “Best Touring Performance” for Rambunctious, a collaboration with Spectrum Dance Theater. The Aeolus Quartet has released two critically acclaimed albums of classical and contemporary works through the Longhorn/Naxos label which are available on iTunes, Amazon, and major retailers worldwide.

Dedicated to bringing music into the community, the Aeolus Quartet has been widely recognized for their highly innovative and engaging outreach programs. For the 2015-2016 season, the Quartet was the recipient of a CMA Residency Partnership Grant. Named the 2015-2016 Guarneri Quartet Residency in recognition of Aeolus’ artistic achievement, the project involved extensive outreach and performance at Duke Ellington School for the Arts, the Sitar Arts Center, and George Washington University. The Fischoff National Chamber Music Association awarded the Aeolus their 2013 Educator Award in acknowledgment of the positive impact their educational efforts have had in diverse communities. Additionally, they were awarded the 2012 Lad Prize which culminated in large-scale community engagement work, performing in the Stanford, CA area, and a masterclass residency at Stanford University. The Aeolus Quartet has also served as teaching faculty at Stanford University’s Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY), the Austin Chamber Music Workshop, and Da Camera of Houston’s Music Encounters Program. Working in collaboration with the University of Texas through the Rural Chamber Music Outreach Initiative, the Quartet has presented educational programs and performances in communities throughout the state of Texas.

The Aeolus Quartet has studied extensively with the Miró, Guarneri, and Juilliard Quartets. Other mentors include artists William Preucil, Peter Salaff, Donald Weilerstein, Itzhak Perlman, Gerhard Schulz, and Mark Steinberg. Members of the Quartet hold degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the University of Texas at Austin, where they served as the first Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence.

The Aeolus Quartet has also held residences at Musica Viva NY, the New Orchestra of Washington (DC), and as the 2013-2015 Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School. They currently make their home in New York City.

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Dusky lyricism from the Aeolus Quartet

“Ricky Ian Gordon’s elegantly impassioned score drew dusky lyricism from the Aeolus Quartet, conducted here by Lidiya Yankovskaya”

– Zachary Woolfe, The New York TimesRelated Link

Aeolus Quartet gives dynamic concert for Music in the Great Hall

“What was most rewarding on Sunday was the way the Aelous Quartet combined smoothly meshed technique with a sense of spontaneity and discovery….

The Aelous players dug into the thorny work with admirable technical clarity, tonal vibrancy and, above all, an appreciation for the dark vein of lyricism running through it. The surging performance communicated richly at every turn.”

– Tim Smith, Baltimore SunRelated Link

Aeolus Quartet delivers divine Dvorák; Tesla’s Ravel simply perfect in day three of Banff competition

“But perhaps it was Aeolus Quartet who produced the most unexpected performance of all: a highly intelligent, crisp, but deeply considered reading of Dvorák’s Quartet No. 14 in A-flat major, a difficult work to pull off on several different levels.

And what a pleasure it was to hear this piece so well performed and to hear Aeolus meet the interpretive, harmonic and formal challenges inherent in the work. The folkloric aspects in the suave and lovely Lento movement, the structural sophistication so typical of late Dvorák which Aeolus brushed aside with enviable ease, and especially the unstinting ensemble panache to exploit those darker chordal sonorities combined with a completely authentic presentation of the Czech folkloric and seemingly inexhaustible rhythmic ideas were all elements fully at the command of a masterful Aeolus Quartet. An overwhelming presentation, especially the ending to the fourth movement — froze me in my seat.”

– Stephan Bonfield, Calgary HeraldRelated Link

Aeolus Quartet gets new Rocky River Chamber Music Society year off to vibrant start

“Immediately evident, too, was the Aeolus Quartet’s fully formed personality. A rich and warm tone combined with precise ensemble playing (that managed also to come across as fluid and natural), and an impressive musical intelligence guided every technical and dramatic turn.”

– Mark Satola, Cleveland Plain DealerRelated Link

Sampling Lincoln Center’s Great Performers With the Aeolus Quartet

“Base camp seldom looked so bleak, or the journey more arduous, but the practically aching lustre of the payoff made everything worthwhile. The crowd didn’t know what hit them.”

– Delarue, New York Music DailyRelated Link

Passionate Aeolus on Music Mountain

“Aeolus’ performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet no. 2 in A minor, Op. 13 (1827) offered the palpable treat of the afternoon…

The audience at august Gordon Hall was ecstatic, hypnotized, demanding a second bow, rising to their feet. While I had sensed slight nervous tension in the players at the opening of the performance, it was clear that they were glowing, relaxed, bathing in that extraordinary aura of something special well-achieved.”

– Kevin T. McEneaney, The Millbrook IndependentRelated Link

A dual hymn to the modern in quartet and dance concert at Freer|Sackler

“Though the musical selection ranged from sugary neo-tonality to more discordant asperities, the ensemble’s clean intonation and collaborative spirit showed everything in the best light. Dense, dissonant homophony in Akira Miyoshi’s String Quartet No. 3 (“Constellation in black”) was frenetic and strident, enlivened by contrapuntal lines on which each voice rocketed out of the tumult. Regular shifts of texture sustained interest until the piece evaporated in a mist of harmonics and ethereal notes.”

– Charles T. Downey, Washington Classical ReviewRelated Link

 

Aeolus Quartet Performs Brahms & Bartok – Longhorn Music | Released 11/16/2010


 

Many-Sided Music – Longhorn Music | Released 02/01/2012


22-23 Season Sample Programs

  • The Aeolus Quartet celebrates their 15th season with a quartet of programs inspired by the Earth’s elements: Fire, Air, Water, and Earth. Each program explores music with evocative connections to and depictions of individual elements.  These programs combine works of masters old and new to offer transcendent, illustrative, and powerful experiences that engage and delight from start to finish.

    Program I: Fire
    Beethoven: Quartet in Bb Major, Op. 18 No. 6
    Shaw: Blueprint
    Schubert: Quartet in G Major, D. 887

    Inspired by the energy and power of fire, this program opens with Beethoven’s vivacious, electric Quartet in Bb Major. Caroline Shaw’s Blueprint is a work inspired by the Beethoven quartet that opens the program. Shaw writes “Blueprint is also a conversation – with Beethoven, with Haydn (his teacher and the “father” of the string quartet), and with the joys and malinconia of his Op. 18, No. 6”. The program concludes with Schubert’s epic and triumphant Quartet in G Major, a fiery, dramatic work in which the height of Schubert’s expressive genius is on full display.

     

    Program II: Air
    Haydn: Quartet in D Major, Op. 64 No. 5 ‘Lark
    Montgomery: Strum OR
    Wiancko: Lift
    Beethoven: Quartet in Eb Major, Op. 74 ‘Harp’

    Named for the keeper of the four winds, the Aeolus Quartet deftly carries this program of music buoyed by lightness and featuring the interplay of different musical currents. From the sparkle of the much beloved opening of Haydn’s Quartet in D Major, Op. 64 No. 5 ‘The Lark’, to the playful tempest just barely contained within Jessie Montgomery’s remarkable “Strum”, the ability of the string quartet to defy gravity is on full display. The powerful sweep of Beethoven’s celebrated Quartet in E-flat Major Op. 74 “Harp” demonstrates both the heroism and grace emblematic of the composer’s Middle Period.

     

    Program III: Earth
    Johnston: Amazing Grace OR
    Bartok: Quartet 2 or 4
    Marsalis: At the Octoroon Balls Suite
    Dvorak: Quartet in G Major, Op. 106

    This program celebrating music rooted in deeply treasured folk traditions opens with the simple, hauntingly beautiful tones of “Amazing Grace” in Ben Johnston’s Quartet No. 4. Featuring sinewy harmonic turns and a highly specialized tuning system, the end result is the hymn in its most explosively joyful form. Acclaimed jazz musician Wynton Marsalis’ “At the Octoroon Balls’ is a sometimes raucous, sometimes solemn journey through American Creole traditions of New Orleans, where Marsalis spent his early life. Dvorak’s incomparable Quartet in G Major, Op. 106 shows the composer at the height of his powers in this late work, drawing on both Czech and American folk traditions to create his own unmistakable voice. 

     

    Program IV: Water
    Haydn: Quartet in D Major Op. 50, No. 6 ‘The Frog
    Negrón: Marejada OR
    Tower: White Water
    Coleridge Taylor: Fantasiestücke for String Quartet Op.5

    A celebration of water, this vivacious program opens with a conversation between frogs across a pond in Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 50, No. 6 “The Frog”. Angélica Negrón’s Marejada combines field recordings from the waves at Seven Seas Beach in Fajardo with evocative wave gestures from the live quartet. Composed during the height of pandemic isolation, Negron writes “I wanted to capture the feeling of joy and calmness I feel when I’m in Puerto Rico in these beautiful places while also expressing the complexity of the diaspora experience for those who like me cannot be physically present in those places.” The program ends with Samuel Coleridge Taylor’s Fantasiestücke for String Quartet, a transcendent work that conveys the peace one feels as the sun rises over the ocean and the gentle rocking of a boat.

    **

21-22 Season Sample Programs

  • Program I:
    Haydn: Quartet om F Minor, Op. 20 No. 5
    Bolcom: 3 Rags for String Quartet
    Dvorak: Quartet in F Major “America”

    Program II: 
    Haydn: Quartet in F minor, Op. 20 No. 5
    Bolcom: Three Rags for String Quartet
    Price: Quartet in A minor

22-23 Season Sample Programs

  • The Aeolus Quartet celebrates their 15th season with a quartet of programs inspired by the Earth’s elements: Fire, Air, Water, and Earth. Each program explores music with evocative connections to and depictions of individual elements.  These programs combine works of masters old and new to offer transcendent, illustrative, and powerful experiences that engage and delight from start to finish.

    Program I: Fire
    Beethoven: Quartet in Bb Major, Op. 18 No. 6
    Shaw: Blueprint
    Schubert: Quartet in G Major, D. 887

    Inspired by the energy and power of fire, this program opens with Beethoven’s vivacious, electric Quartet in Bb Major. Caroline Shaw’s Blueprint is a work inspired by the Beethoven quartet that opens the program. Shaw writes “Blueprint is also a conversation – with Beethoven, with Haydn (his teacher and the “father” of the string quartet), and with the joys and malinconia of his Op. 18, No. 6”. The program concludes with Schubert’s epic and triumphant Quartet in G Major, a fiery, dramatic work in which the height of Schubert’s expressive genius is on full display.

     

    Program II: Air
    Haydn: Quartet in D Major, Op. 64 No. 5 ‘Lark
    Montgomery: Strum OR
    Wiancko: Lift
    Beethoven: Quartet in Eb Major, Op. 74 ‘Harp’

    Named for the keeper of the four winds, the Aeolus Quartet deftly carries this program of music buoyed by lightness and featuring the interplay of different musical currents. From the sparkle of the much beloved opening of Haydn’s Quartet in D Major, Op. 64 No. 5 ‘The Lark’, to the playful tempest just barely contained within Jessie Montgomery’s remarkable “Strum”, the ability of the string quartet to defy gravity is on full display. The powerful sweep of Beethoven’s celebrated Quartet in E-flat Major Op. 74 “Harp” demonstrates both the heroism and grace emblematic of the composer’s Middle Period.

     

    Program III: Earth
    Johnston: Amazing Grace OR
    Bartok: Quartet 2 or 4
    Marsalis: At the Octoroon Balls Suite
    Dvorak: Quartet in G Major, Op. 106

    This program celebrating music rooted in deeply treasured folk traditions opens with the simple, hauntingly beautiful tones of “Amazing Grace” in Ben Johnston’s Quartet No. 4. Featuring sinewy harmonic turns and a highly specialized tuning system, the end result is the hymn in its most explosively joyful form. Acclaimed jazz musician Wynton Marsalis’ “At the Octoroon Balls’ is a sometimes raucous, sometimes solemn journey through American Creole traditions of New Orleans, where Marsalis spent his early life. Dvorak’s incomparable Quartet in G Major, Op. 106 shows the composer at the height of his powers in this late work, drawing on both Czech and American folk traditions to create his own unmistakable voice. 

     

    Program IV: Water
    Haydn: Quartet in D Major Op. 50, No. 6 ‘The Frog
    Negrón: Marejada OR
    Tower: White Water
    Coleridge Taylor: Fantasiestücke for String Quartet Op.5

    A celebration of water, this vivacious program opens with a conversation between frogs across a pond in Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 50, No. 6 “The Frog”. Angélica Negrón’s Marejada combines field recordings from the waves at Seven Seas Beach in Fajardo with evocative wave gestures from the live quartet. Composed during the height of pandemic isolation, Negron writes “I wanted to capture the feeling of joy and calmness I feel when I’m in Puerto Rico in these beautiful places while also expressing the complexity of the diaspora experience for those who like me cannot be physically present in those places.” The program ends with Samuel Coleridge Taylor’s Fantasiestücke for String Quartet, a transcendent work that conveys the peace one feels as the sun rises over the ocean and the gentle rocking of a boat.

    **

21-22 Season Sample Programs

  • Program I:
    Haydn: Quartet om F Minor, Op. 20 No. 5
    Bolcom: 3 Rags for String Quartet
    Dvorak: Quartet in F Major “America”

    Program II: 
    Haydn: Quartet in F minor, Op. 20 No. 5
    Bolcom: Three Rags for String Quartet
    Price: Quartet in A minor

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Praised by the Baltimore Sun for combining “smoothly meshed technique with a sense of spontaneity and discovery,” the Aeolus Quartet is committed to presenting time-seasoned masterworks and new, cutting-edge compositions to widely diverse audiences with equal freshness, dedication, and fervor.

Formed in 2008, the Quartet has performed across the globe in venues such as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and Shanghai Oriental Arts Center.

The 2021-2022 season highlights include performances at the Victoria Bach Festival, the Morgan Library, the Fullerton Friends of Music, Chamber Music Northwest, the California Baptist University, Musica Viva NY, Friends of Chamber Music Reading, Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society, and the Chamber Music Society of Detroit.

Their competition success includes the Grand Prize in the Plowman Chamber Music Competition and Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, First Prize at the Coleman International Chamber Ensemble Competition, and Silver Medal at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet has studied extensively with the Miró, Guarneri, and Juilliard Quartets. Other mentors include artists such as Peter Salaff, Donald Weilerstein, Itzhak Perlman, Gerhard Schulz, and Mark Steinberg.

The Aeolus Quartet has held residences at Musica Viva NY, the New Orchestra of Washington (DC), and as the 2013-2015 Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School. They currently make their home in New York City.

 

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Nicholas Tavani & Rachel Shapiro, violins
Caitlin Lynch, viola
Alan Richardson, cello

Praised by the Baltimore Sun for combining “smoothly meshed technique with a sense of spontaneity and discovery,” the Aeolus Quartet is committed to presenting time-seasoned masterworks and new cutting-edge works to widely diverse audiences with equal freshness, dedication, and fervor.

Aeolus Quartet formed in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Since its inception, the all-American quartet has been awarded prizes at nearly every major competition in the United States and performed across the globe with showings “worthy of a major-league quartet” (Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News). Mark Satola of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes, “The quartet has a rich and warm tone combined with precise ensemble playing (that managed also to come across as fluid and natural), and an impressive musical intelligence guided every technical and dramatic turn.”

The 2021-2022 season highlights include performances at the Victoria Bach Festival, the Morgan Library, the Fullerton Friends of Music, Chamber Music Northwest, the California Baptist University, Musica Viva NY, Friends of Chamber Music Reading, Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society, and the Chamber Music Society of Detroit.

In recent seasons, the Aeolus quartet held performances at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the University of Texas at Austin, Cornell University, Fairmont Chamber Music Society, University of Missouri-Columbia, NYC’s Bohemian National Hall, and in NYC’s Prototype Festival, where they premiered a new chamber opera composed by Ricky Ian Gordon.

The Quartet has also performed across North America, Europe, and Asia in venues such as the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (as part of the Great Performer’s Series), Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Reinberger Recital Hall at Severance Hall, Merkin Hall, The Library of Congress, Renwick Gallery, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center. The Quartet was also recently featured on the hit Netflix show The Defenders.

The Aeolus Quartet have been Grand Prizewinners of the Plowman Chamber Music Competition and Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. They were awarded First Prize at the Coleman International Chamber Ensemble Competition, a Silver Medal at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, and a Bronze Medal at the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in New England. The Austin Critics’ Table named the Aeolus Quartet their 2010-2011 “Best Ensemble,” and their 2016-17 “Best Touring Performance” for Rambunctious, a collaboration with Spectrum Dance Theater. The Aeolus Quartet has released two critically acclaimed albums of classical and contemporary works through the Longhorn/Naxos label which are available on iTunes, Amazon, and major retailers worldwide.

Dedicated to bringing music into the community, the Aeolus Quartet has been widely recognized for their highly innovative and engaging outreach programs. For the 2015-2016 season, the Quartet was the recipient of a CMA Residency Partnership Grant. Named the 2015-2016 Guarneri Quartet Residency in recognition of Aeolus’ artistic achievement, the project involved extensive outreach and performance at Duke Ellington School for the Arts, the Sitar Arts Center, and George Washington University. The Fischoff National Chamber Music Association awarded the Aeolus their 2013 Educator Award in acknowledgment of the positive impact their educational efforts have had in diverse communities. Additionally, they were awarded the 2012 Lad Prize which culminated in large-scale community engagement work, performing in the Stanford, CA area, and a masterclass residency at Stanford University. The Aeolus Quartet has also served as teaching faculty at Stanford University’s Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY), the Austin Chamber Music Workshop, and Da Camera of Houston’s Music Encounters Program. Working in collaboration with the University of Texas through the Rural Chamber Music Outreach Initiative, the Quartet has presented educational programs and performances in communities throughout the state of Texas.

The Aeolus Quartet has studied extensively with the Miró, Guarneri, and Juilliard Quartets. Other mentors include artists William Preucil, Peter Salaff, Donald Weilerstein, Itzhak Perlman, Gerhard Schulz, and Mark Steinberg. Members of the Quartet hold degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the University of Texas at Austin, where they served as the first Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence.

The Aeolus Quartet has also held residences at Musica Viva NY, the New Orchestra of Washington (DC), and as the 2013-2015 Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School. They currently make their home in New York City.

12/2021 – PLEASE DESTROY ALL PREVIOUSLY DATED MATERIALS.
MODIFIED VERSIONS MUST BE APPROVED BY DISPEKER ARTISTS.