“This is clearly a string quartet to watch.” -- CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

Nicholas Tavani & Rachel Shapiro, violins
Caitlin Lynch, viola
Alan Richardson, cello

Since its inception at the Cleveland Institute of Music the Aeolus Quartet has been awarded prizes at nearly every major competition in the United States: Grand Prizewinner of the 2011 Plowman Chamber Music Competition and 2011 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition; First Prize at the 2009 Coleman International Chamber Ensemble Competition, and Silver Medal at the 2011 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, among others. The quartet is the recipient of a CMA Residency Partnership Grant and was named the 2015-2016 Guarneri Quartet Residency in recognition of its artistic achievement. Dedicated to bringing music into the community, the Aeolus Quartet has been widely recognized for their highly innovative and engaging outreach programs.

Posted: Jan-9-2018
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Banff International String Quartet Competition 2016 names 10 shortlisted ensembles - The 10 quartets will compete from 29 August to 4 September for a first prize worth $150,000. 



Posted: Oct-4-2016
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Many-Sided Music is very well played and recorded and is extremely approachable. Populated and played by a mostly under-thirty crowd, it’s a welcome indication of the creativity and potential of Aeolus as well as that of the composers.

Andrew Sigler, New Music Box

Posted: Feb-1-2012
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"Though the musical selection ranged from sugary neo-tonality to more discordant asperities, the ensemble’s clean intonation and collaborative spirit showed everything in the best light. Dense, dissonant homophony in Akira Miyoshi’s String Quartet No. 3 (“Constellation in black”) was frenetic and strident, enlivened by contrapuntal lines on which each voice rocketed out of the tumult. Regular shifts of texture sustained interest until the piece evaporated in a mist of harmonics and ethereal notes."

— Washington Classical Review
Posted: Dec-2-2018
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Posted: Jul-12-2018