Euclid Quartet
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Mantahhan String Quartet
Jameson Cooper, violin
Brendan Shea, violin
Luis Enrique Vargas, viola
Jacqueline Choi, cello

Celebrating its 19th anniversary season, the EUCLID QUARTET enjoys one of the most highly regarded reputations of any chamber ensemble of its generation, with its members’ constituting a multinational mix representing four continents: violinist Jameson Cooper (Great Britain), violinist Brendan Shea (United States), violist Luis Enrique Vargas (Venezuela), cellist Jacqueline Choi (South Korea). Captivating audiences and critics ranging from Carnegie Hall to school classrooms to radio and television broadcasts, the quartet consistently performs to enthusiastic acclaim throughout the country.

Formed in Ohio in 1998, the Euclid Quartet takes its name from the famous Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, home to a wealth of renowned artistic and cultural institutions. Within three years, the ensemble was awarded the String Quartet Fellowship of the Aspen Music Festival, where it was invited to return for the subsequent summer’s concert season. The quartet was also invited to study with the Emerson String Quartet at the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop.

Highlights of the Euclid Quartet’s career include significant global recognition as the first American string quartet to be awarded a top prize at the prestigious Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. Prior to its Japanese laurels, the quartet also won awards in numerous United States competitions, including the Hugo Kauder International Competition for String Quartets, The Carmel Chamber Music Competition and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. In 2009, the Euclid Quartet was awarded the esteemed “American Masterpieces” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Euclid is a frequent guest ensemble at American and Canadian music festivals, among them those of Aspen, Great Lakes, Kent/Blossom and Orford, while expanded programs have included collaborations with internationally renowned artists, including James Dunham, Gregory Fulkerson, Warren Jones, Paul Katz, Joseph Silverstein and Alexander Toradze.

In 2007, the Euclid Quartet was appointed to the prestigious string quartet residency at Indiana University South Bend, where its members teach private lessons and coach chamber music. Passionately devoted to presenting the highest quality chamber music to young audiences, these seasoned teaching artists have performed for thousands and thousands of students and young adults, in part through support from the National Endowment for the Arts and collaborations with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association.

Active in the recording studio, the Euclid Quartet issued, most recently, a pair of CDs, comprising the six string quartets of Béla Bartók on Artek Recordings. The American Record Guide raved about these discs, “rarely has a group found such meaning and vision.” Their debut CD, on Centaur records, features the first four quartets of Hugo Kauder, a refugee from Nazi-occupied Austria who fled to the United States in the 1940s; he defied the atonal trend of his generation with his uniquely harmonic, contrapuntal style. The ensemble’s most recent CD, “American Quartets: Antonín Dvorák & Wynton Marsalis,” comprised of Dvorák’s String Quartet #12 (“American”) and Marsalis’ At the Octoroon Balls - String Quartet #1, will be released by Afinat Records in the fall of 2017.

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Great Mozart Piano Work

“AMERICAN QUARTETS: ANTONÍN DVORÁK & WYNTON MARSALIS”

Dvorák: String Quartet #12 in F, Op. 96 (“American”)
Marsalis: At the Octoroon Balls - String Quartet #1

Afinat Records: AR1701

Great Mozart Piano Work

BARTÓK: String Quartets 2, 4 & 6

ARTEK Recordings: AR-0053-2

Spanish Rhapsody

BARTÓK: String Quartets 1, 3 & 5

ARTEK Recordings: AR-0060-2

Novarags

HUGO KAUDER: String Quartets 1-4

Centaur Records: CRC 2840

The Euclid Quartet rises above mere technical excellence, and performs with openness and joy. They are an energetic group with great focus and personal drive; their performances are impassioned, musical and communicative.

James Dunham
former violist, Cleveland Quartet

The Euclid opened the evening with Claude Debussy’s String Quartet in G Minor - a work whose strange, elusive beauty can leave you breathless. The group played it well, with an elegant mix of passion, ferocity and feathery delicacy.

THE WASHINGTON POST

The impressiveness of the Euclid Quartet extended to all the styles it performed on Saturday, when it made its Pittsburgh début. Their emotional and timbral richness brought to mind the old-world approach of the Guarneri Quartet. The Euclid performance was devoted, expert and exhilarating.

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW

A knockout performance

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Groups selected for this prestigious series [Wiliamstown Chamber Concerts] uniformly represent the best of the current crop of touring ensembles. The Euclid is no exception. They’ll make their mark as a major ensemble in years to come; they’re that good.

THE ADVOCATE WEEKLY (Berkshires region)

The Euclid Quartet has a refined warm, rich tone, precise ensemble, and spot-on intonation. They play with great expression, and the subtle use of gestures is always included at the perfect moment and with impeccable good taste.

MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

The Euclid Quartet has demonstrated that it is pure gold in these spectacular performances [CD of Bartók Quartets 2, 4, 6].

ALL MUSIC GUIDE

Rarely has a group found such meaning and vision.

AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

The performances [CD of Bartók Quartets 2, 4, 6] are sweeping and detailed, with all of the fierce intensity the music suggests, played with seamless interplay and cohesion. The Euclid has triumphed, with performances of rare commitment and passion

GRAMOPHONE

The Euclids played their hearts out for the full house attending their concert at the Flagler Museum. This foursome reminded me not just of the Emerson but the Tokyo String Quartet, and it might be that they deserve to rank in that august company. The Grieg quartet, in any case, received a brilliant reading, and was met by a well-deserved standing ovation. We were, after all, in the presence of great artistry.

PALM BEACH ARTS PAPER

The Euclid Quartet performed with romantic élan and a beautiful, lush tone that sounded orchestral at times.

PALM BEACH DAILY NEWS

Their concert performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall had wonderful intensity, insight and communicative strength.

Ara Guzelimian
former Senior Director & Artistic Advisor
Carnegie Hall

10/27/2017 (7pm)

NEWPORT MUSIC FESTIVAL

Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church (Jamestown, RI)

Grieg: String Quartet
Álvarez: Metro Chabacano
Gershwin: Lullaby
Marsalis: At the Octoroon Balls (3 mvts.)
Piazzolla: Four for Tango

10/29/2017 (1:30pm)

GLENMEADOW RETIREMENT COMMUNITY (Longmeadow, MA)

Haydn: String Quartet #60
Grieg: String Quartet

10/30/2017 (7:30pm)

KIMBALL FARMS LIFECARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY (Lenox, MA)

Haydn: String Quartet #60
Grieg: String Quartet

Webern: Langsamer Satz
February, 2017

Haydn: String Quartet in D, Op. 76, #5 (mvt. IV: Presto)
November, 2016

Debussy: String Quartet in g minor, Op. 10 (mvt. II: Assez vif et bien rhythmé)
November, 2016

Bartók: String Quartet #1 (mvt. I: Lento)
Greencastle Summer Music Festival
August 9, 2013

Bartók: String Quartet #1 (mvt. II: Allegretto)
Greencastle Summer Music Festival
August 9, 2013

Bartók: String Quartet #1 (mvt. III: Introduzione - Allegro)
Greencastle Summer Music Festival
August 9, 2013

Dvorák: String Quartet #12 in F, Op. 96 (mvt. II: Lento)
Indiana University South Bend
September, 2011

Dvorák: String Quartet #12 in F, Op. 96 (mvt. IV: Vivace ma non troppo)
Indiana University South Bend
September, 2011

Beethoven: String Quartet in F, Op. 18, #1
Indiana University South Bend
September, 2010