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Jasper String Quartet

Jasper String Quartet


String Quartet

J Freivogel & Karen Kim, violins
Andrew Gonzalez, viola
Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello

“The Jaspers… match their sounds perfectly, as if each swelling chord were coming out of a single, impossibly well-tuned organ, instead of four distinct instruments” (New Haven Advocate). 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. “The Jaspers” have been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and The New York Times named their recent album, Unbound, as one of the 25 Best Classical Recordings of 2017. They have performed throughout the United States and in Canada, England, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, and Panama.

The Jasper String Quartet looks forward to its 2019-20 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 its latest commission tour of Aaron Jay Kernis’ 3rd String Quartet “River” at Wigmore Hall. Their Carnegie Hall Recital with the work received a glowing review in The Strad. Other 2019-20 highlights include engagements with The Maestro Foundation, Coleman Chamber Concerts, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Pro Musica San Miguel, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, Boise Chamber Music Series, and Chamber Music Northwest.

The Quartet’s latest release on Sono Luminus features their commission of Aaron Jay Kernis’ Quartet No. 3 and Debussy Quartet Op. 10. This, their 5th album, adds to their recordings of Beethoven Op. 59, No. 3, Beethoven Op. 131, Schubert “Death and the Maiden” and the first recordings of quartets by Donnacha Dennehy, Annie Gosfield, Judd Greenstein, Ted Hearne, David Lang, Missy Mazzoli and Caroline Shaw.

Their 2018-19 season included a performance of Haydn, Brahms, and Caroline Shaw at the American Music Festival, and performances at Chamber Music Wilmington, the Marquee Great Hall Series at University of Illinois’s Krannert Center, Chamber Music Raleigh, Chamber Music Society of Utica, Ulster Chamber Music Series, the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, the Emory & Henry College Concert Series, and the Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem.

The Jasper Quartet’s repertoire is based on material of emotional significance to its members, ranging from Haydn and Beethoven through Berg, Ligeti, and living composers. They have commissioned string quartets from some of today’s foremost composers, including Andrew Norman, Nicholas Omiccioli, Conrad Tao and Annie Gosfield, in addition to Aaron Jay Kernis.

Residencies have included the Melba and Orville Roleffson Residency at the Banff Centre, where they performed “guerrilla chamber music” concerts in unusual settings around Alberta, Canada. They have been Ensemble-in-Residence at Oberlin Conservatory and, in conjunction with Astral Artists, received a Chamber Music America grant through its Residency Partnership Program for work in Philadelphia schools. They were the Ernst C. Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts for two consecutive years, an unusual honor.

Their competition successes include 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 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. 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 addition to their concert schedule, they continue their work in the Philadelphia Public Schools through Astral Artists’ Colors of Classical Music, a project funded through a grant from the William Penn Foundation.

The quartet records exclusively for Sono Luminus and have released Beethoven Op. 131; The Kernis Project: Schubert; The Kernis Project: Beethoven; and Unbound, exclusively featuring contemporary composers.

Formed at Oberlin Conservatory, the Jasper String Quartet studied with James Dunham, Norman Fischer, and Kenneth Goldsmith as Rice University’s Graduate Quartet-in-Residence. The quartet continued its training with the Tokyo String Quartet as Yale University’s Graduate Quartet-in-Residence. It takes its name from Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. The quartet receives career development support from Astral Artists and is represented exclusively by Dispeker Artists.

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September 8, 2020: Andrew Gonzalez joins the Jasper String Quartet

Andrew Gonzalez will join the Jasper String Quartet as the new violist beginning in the 2020-21 season

Source:https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5583785be4b038d887341ab2/t/5f5679cb0d0691773f3c5279/1599502801567/Andrew+Gonzalez+Press+Release.pdf

Karen Kim, Grammy Award Winner, Joins Jasper String Quartet

Karen is a remarkable chamber musician who shares the passion for string quartets, new music, education and community. She has appeared as a guest musician with the Jaspers frequently over the past season and the Quartet is excited to welcome as a new member of the quartet a musician with whom they have established a dynamic chemistry.

Source:

Jasper String Quartet’s “Unbound” is selected as one of “The 25 Best Classical Music Recordings of 2017” by the New York Times

“This quartet’s taste in repertoire runs toward post-Minimalist composers who work with melody — and an edge. The pop-style rhythmic fury of Judd Greenstein’s “Four on the Floor” is exhilarating. Annie Gosfield’s “The Blue Horse Walks on the Horizon” shows some of the same dramatic flair as her recent opera for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.” S.C.W.

Source:https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/13/arts/music/best-classical-music-recordings-2017.html

Quartets team up for outstanding performance

“The final half of the evening was devoted to the Octet that the 16-year-old Mendelssohn wrote in 1825. Here the lineup was simple: Jasper on the left, Jupiter on the right, with J Freivogel playing first violin. This work contains a famous Scherzo that embodies the quick-silver lightness of one side of Mendelssohn’s genius, and it was played at this concert with admirable speed and dexterity.

But this Octet has other treasures in the vigorous opening movement, and the second movement with an ethereal passage and a curious trailing off ending.

The finale seethes with contrapuntal brilliance, and throughout, these two quartets joined in an outstanding performance. The thrilling ending evoked roars of approval, as the audience stood in appreciation.”

– John Frayne, The News GazetteRelated Link

The Magic of Music Revealed by Caroline Shaw and the Jasper String Quartet

“The result of their conscientious playing was a breathtaking blend of sounds free of any distraction. The Jasper String Quartet’s brilliant execution of the unison in the fourth movement left the audience with eyes wide open in amazement. Judging from the thunderous applause following the final note, the audience could not have been more satisfied with the performance of the piece.”

– Krista Wiese, CVNCRelated Link

Late Spring Visions in Rockport

“Jupiter String Quartet and Philadelphia-based Jasper Quartet shared the stage, as copious chamber music riches rewarded all at Rockport’s Shalin Liu Center last night.”

– Victor Khatutsky, The Boston Musical IntelligencerRelated Link

A rich, intimate night with the Jasper Quartet

“They brought to the piece an interpretative style that was rich and warm, yet not ingratiating either. Lingering in the ear’s memory was the tightly wound, austere performance of the Debussy back in March by the Ebene String Quartet at Union College. The Jasper gave it something much more welcome, a natural grace and beauty.”

– Joseph Dalton, Times UnionRelated Link

 

The Kernis Project: Debussy – Sono Luminus | Released 06/14/2019


 

Unbound – Sono Luminus | Released 04/13/2017


 

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14, Op. 131 – Sono Luminus | Released 06/24/2014


 

The Kernis Project: Schubert – Sono Luminus | Released 05/29/2012


 

The Kernis Project: Beethoven – Sono Luminus | Released 10/12/2011


19-20 Season Sample Programs

  • Program 1: Contemporary Forever
    Haydn Quartet in D major, Op. 20 No.4
    Vivian Fung Quartet No. 3
    Beethoven Op. 130 with Groβe Fuge

    Program 2: The Four Seasons for String Quartet
    Haydn Quartet in B flat major, Op. 76 No. 4 Sunrise
    Commission: Four Seasons for String Quartet by Joan Tower, Lera Auerbach, Chris Theofanidis and Akira Nishimura
    Dvorák Quartet No. 14, Op. 105 in A flat Major

    Program 3: From Dawn to Dusk
    Haydn Quartet in B flat major, Op. 76 No. 4 Sunrise
    Nishimura Quartet No. 2 Pulse of Lights
    Schubert Quartet in d minor, D.810 Death and the Maiden

    Program 4: Exploring Beethoven & Schubert Through Song
    Beethoven Quartet in c minor, Op 18 No. 4
    Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98
    (arr. JSQ with Nicholas Phan)
    Schubert Quartet No. 13 in a minor, D. 804
    Rosamunde
    Schubert Selected Lieder arr. JSQ

20-21 Season Sample Programs

  • Program 1: Imprimatur
    Haydn Quartet in D Major, Op. 71 No. 2
    Kati Agócs Imprimatur
    Bartók Quartet No. 5

    Comission Program: The Four Seasons for String Quartet
    Haydn Quartet in B flat major, Op. 76 No. 4 Sunrise
    Commission: Four Seasons for String Quartet by Joan Tower, Lera Auerbach, Chris Theofanidis and Akira Nishimura
    Dvorák Quartet No. 14, Op. 105 in A flat Major

    Program 2: Ars Moriendi
    Mendelssohn Quartet in E flat Major
    Steven Mackey Ars Moriendi
    Mendelssohn Quartet in f minor, Op. 80

    Program 3: The Great Schubert G Major
    Mozart Quartet in B flat Major, K. 589
    Vivian Fung String Quartet No. 3
    Schubert Quartet in G major, D. 877

    Program 4: Folk Influences of Central Europe
    Haydn Quartet in D Major, Op. 20 No. 4
    Grazyna Bacewicz Quartet No. 4
    Dvorák Quartet No. 14, Op. 105 in A flat Major

Four Seasons Commission Project

  • Four Seasons | Four Composers

    A Jasper String Quartet commissioning project

    The perpetual flux of our natural world is a universally shared source of inspiration, fascination and beauty in art. Vivaldi wrote his genre-defining Four Seasons concertos almost 300 years ago and Piazzola, Stravinsky and others followed suit.

    This commission of Four Seasons for String Quartet, as written by four remarkable composers from around the world, brings the brilliant muse of the seasons to the
    string quartet genre.

    The Composers

    The Jasper String Quartet specifically chose four spectacular and titan composers who write wonderful chamber music and who have significant connections to places that are magical in their respective seasons. The combination of the four unique perspectives and styles of

    Lera Auerbach (Russia/Winter),
    Akira Nishimura (Japan/Spring), 
    Chris Theofanidis (New England/Fall) and
    Joan Tower (Hudson Valley/Summer) 

    will result in a fascinating work – an artistic convergence mirroring that of the four voices in a string quartet.

    Programming

    The Four Seasons will each be 8 minutes in length. Initially the Seasons will be played as the complete set, although each season will stand on its own and be available in the future as a stand alone work. Parts will be delivered spring of 2018.

Song Project with Tenor Nicolas Phan

  • The Jasper String Quartet (“Outstanding” -The New Yorker) and tenor Nicholas Phan (“extraordinary warmth of tone and clarity of diction” -The New Yorker) join forces for a brilliant and unique collaboration. With Gesualdo, Schubert, Beethoven, Janacek and Britten, these two artistic forces present three illuminating programs of masterworks as never before heard.

    Sample Programs:
    “The Immortal Beloved”
    Beethoven: Op. 18 No. 1 “Romeo and Juliet”
    Beethoven: ”An die ferne Geliebte” Op. 98
    **arranged for Tenor and String Quartet by JSQ
    Britten: Selected songs (for Tenor and String Quartet)
    Britten: String Quartet No. 2

    “Art, Song and Quartet”
    Schubert: Quartettsatz
    Schubert: Selected songs
    **including “Der Erlkönig” (arranged for Tenor and String Quartet by JSQ)
    Britten: Selected songs (for Tenor and String Quartet)
    Britten: String Quartet No. 2

    “Dark Secrets”
    Gesualdo: “Moro Lasso” and selected madrigals
    Janacek: Folk Songs for Tenor and String Quartet
    Janacek: Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
    Beethoven: Op. 18 No. 1 “Romeo and Juliet”
    Beethoven: ”An die ferne Geliebte” Op. 98 (arranged by JSQ)

    ***

19-20 Season Sample Programs

  • Program 1: Contemporary Forever
    Haydn Quartet in D major, Op. 20 No.4
    Vivian Fung Quartet No. 3
    Beethoven Op. 130 with Groβe Fuge

    Program 2: The Four Seasons for String Quartet
    Haydn Quartet in B flat major, Op. 76 No. 4 Sunrise
    Commission: Four Seasons for String Quartet by Joan Tower, Lera Auerbach, Chris Theofanidis and Akira Nishimura
    Dvorák Quartet No. 14, Op. 105 in A flat Major

    Program 3: From Dawn to Dusk
    Haydn Quartet in B flat major, Op. 76 No. 4 Sunrise
    Nishimura Quartet No. 2 Pulse of Lights
    Schubert Quartet in d minor, D.810 Death and the Maiden

    Program 4: Exploring Beethoven & Schubert Through Song
    Beethoven Quartet in c minor, Op 18 No. 4
    Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98
    (arr. JSQ with Nicholas Phan)
    Schubert Quartet No. 13 in a minor, D. 804
    Rosamunde
    Schubert Selected Lieder arr. JSQ

20-21 Season Sample Programs

  • Program 1: Imprimatur
    Haydn Quartet in D Major, Op. 71 No. 2
    Kati Agócs Imprimatur
    Bartók Quartet No. 5

    Comission Program: The Four Seasons for String Quartet
    Haydn Quartet in B flat major, Op. 76 No. 4 Sunrise
    Commission: Four Seasons for String Quartet by Joan Tower, Lera Auerbach, Chris Theofanidis and Akira Nishimura
    Dvorák Quartet No. 14, Op. 105 in A flat Major

    Program 2: Ars Moriendi
    Mendelssohn Quartet in E flat Major
    Steven Mackey Ars Moriendi
    Mendelssohn Quartet in f minor, Op. 80

    Program 3: The Great Schubert G Major
    Mozart Quartet in B flat Major, K. 589
    Vivian Fung String Quartet No. 3
    Schubert Quartet in G major, D. 877

    Program 4: Folk Influences of Central Europe
    Haydn Quartet in D Major, Op. 20 No. 4
    Grazyna Bacewicz Quartet No. 4
    Dvorák Quartet No. 14, Op. 105 in A flat Major

Four Seasons Commission Project

  • Four Seasons | Four Composers

    A Jasper String Quartet commissioning project

    The perpetual flux of our natural world is a universally shared source of inspiration, fascination and beauty in art. Vivaldi wrote his genre-defining Four Seasons concertos almost 300 years ago and Piazzola, Stravinsky and others followed suit.

    This commission of Four Seasons for String Quartet, as written by four remarkable composers from around the world, brings the brilliant muse of the seasons to the
    string quartet genre.

    The Composers

    The Jasper String Quartet specifically chose four spectacular and titan composers who write wonderful chamber music and who have significant connections to places that are magical in their respective seasons. The combination of the four unique perspectives and styles of

    Lera Auerbach (Russia/Winter),
    Akira Nishimura (Japan/Spring), 
    Chris Theofanidis (New England/Fall) and
    Joan Tower (Hudson Valley/Summer) 

    will result in a fascinating work – an artistic convergence mirroring that of the four voices in a string quartet.

    Programming

    The Four Seasons will each be 8 minutes in length. Initially the Seasons will be played as the complete set, although each season will stand on its own and be available in the future as a stand alone work. Parts will be delivered spring of 2018.

Song Project with Tenor Nicolas Phan

  • The Jasper String Quartet (“Outstanding” -The New Yorker) and tenor Nicholas Phan (“extraordinary warmth of tone and clarity of diction” -The New Yorker) join forces for a brilliant and unique collaboration. With Gesualdo, Schubert, Beethoven, Janacek and Britten, these two artistic forces present three illuminating programs of masterworks as never before heard.

    Sample Programs:
    “The Immortal Beloved”
    Beethoven: Op. 18 No. 1 “Romeo and Juliet”
    Beethoven: ”An die ferne Geliebte” Op. 98
    **arranged for Tenor and String Quartet by JSQ
    Britten: Selected songs (for Tenor and String Quartet)
    Britten: String Quartet No. 2

    “Art, Song and Quartet”
    Schubert: Quartettsatz
    Schubert: Selected songs
    **including “Der Erlkönig” (arranged for Tenor and String Quartet by JSQ)
    Britten: Selected songs (for Tenor and String Quartet)
    Britten: String Quartet No. 2

    “Dark Secrets”
    Gesualdo: “Moro Lasso” and selected madrigals
    Janacek: Folk Songs for Tenor and String Quartet
    Janacek: Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
    Beethoven: Op. 18 No. 1 “Romeo and Juliet”
    Beethoven: ”An die ferne Geliebte” Op. 98 (arranged by JSQ)

    ***

Audio

Schubert: String Quartet in D Minor ‘Death and the Maiden’ – IV. Presto

Kernis: String Quartet No. 2, Musica Instrumentalis – I. Overture Kernis: String Quartet No. 2, Musica Instrumentalis – I. Overture

Haydn String Quartet in G major, Op 76, No 1 – I. Allegro con spirito

Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59 No. 3 – I. Andante con moto – Allegro VivaceBeethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59 No. 3 – I. Andante con moto-Allegro V

Beethoven: String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59 No. 3 – IV. Allegro Molto

Bartok String Quartet No. 4 – I. Allegro

Video

Documents

Short Biography

J Freivogel & Karen Kim, violins
Andrew Gonzalez, viola
Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello

“The Jaspers… match their sounds perfectly, as if each swelling chord were coming out of a single, impossibly well-tuned organ, instead of four distinct instruments” (New Haven Advocate). 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. “The Jaspers” have been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and “powerful” (The New York Times). They have performed throughout the United States and in Canada, England, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway and Panama.

Full Biography

J Freivogel & Karen Kim, violins
Andrew Gonzalez, viola
Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello

“The Jaspers… match their sounds perfectly, as if each swelling chord were coming out of a single, impossibly well-tuned organ, instead of four distinct instruments” (New Haven Advocate). 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. “The Jaspers” have been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and The New York Times named their recent album, Unbound, as one of the 25 Best Classical Recordings of 2017. They have performed throughout the United States and in Canada, England, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, and Panama.

The Jasper String Quartet looks forward to its 2019-20 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 its latest commission tour of Aaron Jay Kernis’ 3rd String Quartet “River” at Wigmore Hall. Their Carnegie Hall Recital with the work received a glowing review in The Strad. Other 2019-20 highlights include engagements with The Maestro Foundation, Coleman Chamber Concerts, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Pro Musica San Miguel, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, Boise Chamber Music Series, and Chamber Music Northwest.

The Quartet’s latest release on Sono Luminus features their commission of Aaron Jay Kernis’ Quartet No. 3 and Debussy Quartet Op. 10. This, their 5th album, adds to their recordings of Beethoven Op. 59, No. 3, Beethoven Op. 131, Schubert “Death and the Maiden” and the first recordings of quartets by Donnacha Dennehy, Annie Gosfield, Judd Greenstein, Ted Hearne, David Lang, Missy Mazzoli and Caroline Shaw.

Their 2018-19 season included a performance of Haydn, Brahms, and Caroline Shaw at the American Music Festival, and performances at Chamber Music Wilmington, the Marquee Great Hall Series at University of Illinois’s Krannert Center, Chamber Music Raleigh, Chamber Music Society of Utica, Ulster Chamber Music Series, the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, the Emory & Henry College Concert Series, and the Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem.

The Jasper Quartet’s repertoire is based on material of emotional significance to its members, ranging from Haydn and Beethoven through Berg, Ligeti, and living composers. They have commissioned string quartets from some of today’s foremost composers, including Andrew Norman, Nicholas Omiccioli, Conrad Tao and Annie Gosfield, in addition to Aaron Jay Kernis.

Residencies have included the Melba and Orville Roleffson Residency at the Banff Centre, where they performed “guerrilla chamber music” concerts in unusual settings around Alberta, Canada. They have been Ensemble-in-Residence at Oberlin Conservatory and, in conjunction with Astral Artists, received a Chamber Music America grant through its Residency Partnership Program for work in Philadelphia schools. They were the Ernst C. Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts for two consecutive years, an unusual honor.

Their competition successes include 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 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. 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 addition to their concert schedule, they continue their work in the Philadelphia Public Schools through Astral Artists’ Colors of Classical Music, a project funded through a grant from the William Penn Foundation.

The quartet records exclusively for Sono Luminus and have released Beethoven Op. 131; The Kernis Project: Schubert; The Kernis Project: Beethoven; and Unbound, exclusively featuring contemporary composers.

Formed at Oberlin Conservatory, the Jasper String Quartet studied with James Dunham, Norman Fischer, and Kenneth Goldsmith as Rice University’s Graduate Quartet-in-Residence. The quartet continued its training with the Tokyo String Quartet as Yale University’s Graduate Quartet-in-Residence. It takes its name from Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. The quartet receives career development support from Astral Artists and is represented exclusively by Dispeker Artists.

11/2019 – PLEASE DESTROY ALL PREVIOUSLY DATED MATERIALS.
MODIFIED VERSIONS MUST BE APPROVED BY DISPEKER ARTISTS.