Nicholas Tavani & Rachel Shapiro, violins
Caitlin Lynch, viola
Alan Richardson, cello
Since its inception in 2008 at the Cleveland School of Music, the Quartet has had a vision to share the permanent power of the string quartet repertoire with wide-ranging audiences. Based in New York City, the quartet brings equal dedication to all of its artistic endeavors, placing new and lesser-known works side-by-side with the time-honored masterworks.
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.” 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.
The 2021-2022 season highlights include performances at the Charles Wadworth Chamber Competition, 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. The Quartet were featured in the PROTOTYPE Festival in Brooklyn and Musica Viva, New York.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Aeolus Quartet spearheaded an innovative project Bach for All with the intention of bringing their listeners a moment of peace and beauty each week during these challenging times. The Quartet have recorded and released a different chorale by J.S. Bach every Monday hoping these chorales will “…lift spirits, hearts, and minds during this unparalleled time, while becoming a moment for a deep breath in your new weekly routine.” The Bach for All project and the Aeolus Quartet was featured in November 2021’s issue in the Chamber Music America Magazine.
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 Prize winners 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 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. The Quartet was the recipient of a CMA Residency Partnership Grant, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association Educator Award and the Guarneri Quartet Residency project which involved extensive outreach and performances at Duke Ellington School for the Arts, the Sitar Arts Center, and George Washington University. 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 Quartet has also held residences at Musica Viva NY, the New Orchestra of Washington (DC), and the Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School.
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