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J Freivogel & Karen Kim, violins
Sam Quintal, 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.

Posted: May-22-2018
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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.

Posted: May-22-2018
Latest Recording

This is the “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and "powerful" (The New York Times) ensemble’s fourth album, featuring never-before-recorded works by Donnacha Dennehy, Annie Gosfield, Judd Greenstein, Ted Hearne, David Lang, Missy Mazzoli, and Caroline Shaw, as well as its first album released beyond the Sono Luminus imprint.

Posted: Apr-13-2017
Latest Acclaim

"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."

— The News Gazette
Posted: Oct-14-2018
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Posted: May-22-2018