Sunday February 11, 2018


Sunset Center, Carmel

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This concert is sponsored in part by
The E. Nakamichi Foundation


J.S. Bach
   Praeludium in F minor, BWV 857
   Praeludium in B flat minor, BWV 867
   Praeludium in G Minor, BWV 885
   (from the Well-Tempered Clavier)

Jonannes Brahms
   Quartet in B-flat Major, Op 67

Ludwig van Beethoven
   Quartet No. 14 in C sharp Minor, Op. 131

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The American String Quartet
Beethoven String Quartet No. 7
in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1 (entire work)

The American String Quartet
four-minute video profile from 2013


The American String Quartet

Peter Winograd and Laurie Carney - violin

Daniel Avshalomov - viola    Wolfram Koessel - cello

"Luxurious, beautifully sculptured performances" - NY Times

INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED as one of the world's foremost quartets, the American String Quartet celebrates its 41st season in 2016-2017. Critics and colleagues hold the Quartet in high esteem and many of today's leading artists and composers seek out the Quartet for collaborations.

American QuartetThe Quartet is also known for its performances of the complete quartets of Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schoenberg, Bartók, Mendelssohn, and Mozart, as well as all the string quintets of Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Brahms. The Quartet's recordings of the complete Mozart string quartets on a matched set of Stradivarius instruments are widely held to set the standard for this repertoire.

To celebrate its 35th anniversary, the Quartet recorded an ambitious CD, Schubert's Echo, released by NSS Music. The program invites the listener to appreciate the influence of Schubert on two masterworks of early 20th-century Vienna.

In addition to quartets by European masters, the American naturally performs quartets by American composers.

The American also champions contemporary music. The Quartet has commissioned and premiered works by distinguished American composers Claus Adam, Richard Danielpour, Kenneth Fuchs, Tobias Picker, George Tsontakis, and Robert Sirota. The Quartet has recorded on the Albany, CRI, MusicMasters, Musical Heritage Society, Nonesuch, and RCA labels. The Quartet's discography includes works by Adam, Corigliano, Danielpour, Dvorák, Fuchs, Prokofiev, Schoenberg, and Tsontakis.

American QuartetThe Quartet's innovative programming and creative approach to education has resulted in notable residencies throughout the country. The Quartet continues as quartet in residence at the Manhattan School of Music (1984-present) and the Aspen Music Festival (1974-present). The ASQ taught in Beijing, China, from 2005 to 2014, and travels widely abroad.

Formed in 1974 when its original members were students at The Juilliard School, the American String Quartet was launched by winning both the Coleman Competition and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in the same year.