Ariel Quartet;MON;5/12/2014;7:30 PM EDT

Ariel Quartet

Characterized by its youth, brilliant playing, and soulful interpretations, the Ariel Quartet (Alexandra Kazovsky, violin; Gershon Gerchikov, violin; Jan Grüning, viola; Amit Even-Tov, cello) has quickly earned a glowing international reputation for its performances from memory. In October 2013 the Quartet was chosen to receive the prestigious biennial Cleveland Quartet Award, given to a rising young string quartet whose exceptional artistry demonstrates the potential for a major career. In January 2012 the Quartet was named quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College–Conservatory of Music, a distinguished achievement for such a young ensemble.

Formed in Israel, the Quartet moved to the US in 2004 to continue its studies. It served as the resident ensemble in the New England Conservatory’s prestigious Professional String Quartet Training Program through the members’ graduation in 2010. The Quartet has won a number of international prizes, including the Grand Prize at the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and Third Prize plus the Székely Prize for its performance of Bartók at the 2007 Banff International String Quartet Competition.

Highlights of the Quartet’s 2013/14 season include two performances of the complete Beethoven cycle, performed for the first time by a quartet, all of whose members are under the age of 30; a series of performances with cellist Alisa Weilerstein; a collaborative concert with pianist Orion Weiss; and three residencies for the Perlman Music Program. The Ariel Quartet remains committed to performing extensively in Israel, and returns there frequently to appear in concert. It has also performed extensively in Europe and North America, appearing at such venues as the Louvre in Paris, Kaisersaal in Frankfurt, Jordan Hall in Boston, and the Corcoran and National galleries and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

In addition to performing the traditional quartet repertoire, the Ariel Quartet regularly collaborates with many musicians and composers, including pianists Menahem Pressler and Roman Rabinovich, the American and Jerusalem string quartets, violist Roger Tapping and cellist Paul Katz. Additionally, the Ariel was quartet-in-residence in the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival for two consecutive years.

Taught by Paul Katz, Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian and Martha Strongin Katz, among others, the Quartet has received extensive scholarship support for the members’ studies in the US from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Dov and Rachel Gottesman, and the Legacy Heritage Fund. Most recently, they were awarded a substantial grant from The A. N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation. The Quartet’s website is

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