Biography

 

J Freivogel & Sae Chonabayashi, 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.

Their 2017-18 season includes performances for String Quartet Society of Tuscaloosa, Market Square Concerts, San Jose Chamber Music Society, Boise Chamber Music Series, Brigham Young University, and Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, among many others. They make their Toronto debut with Mooredale Concerts, and their Wigmore Hall debut in Aaron Jay Kernis’ 3rd String Quartet, "River", commissioned by a consortium of Wigmore Hall, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Chamber Music Northwest, Chamber Music Monterey Bay, Classic Chamber Concerts, Chamber Music America, and Carnegie Hall. They have performed in recital twice at Carnegie’s Weill Hall.

The Jasper Quartet’s repertoire is based on material of emotional significance to its members, ranging from Haydn and Beethoven through Berg, Ligeti, and living composers. They have commissioned string quartets from some of today’s foremost composers, including Andrew Norman, Nicholas Omiccioli, Conrad Tao and Annie Gosfield, in addition to Aaron Jay Kernis.

Residencies have included the Melba and Orville Roleffson Residency at the Banff Centre, where they performed "guerrilla chamber music" concerts in unusual settings around Alberta, Canada. They have been Ensemble-in-Residence at Oberlin Conservatory and, in conjunction with Astral Artists, received a Chamber Music America grant through its Residency Partnership Program for work in Philadelphia schools. They were the Ernst C. Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts for two consecutive years, an unusual honor.

Their competition successes include the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the Grand Prize at the Coleman Competition, First Prize at Chamber Music Yellow Springs, and the Silver Medal at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. They were also the first ensemble honored with Yale School of Music’s Horatio Parker Memorial Prize, an award established in 1945 and selected by the faculty for “best fulfilling… lofty musical ideals." In addition to their concert schedule, they continue their work in the Philadelphia Public Schools through Astral Artists' Colors of Classical Music, a project funded through a grant from the William Penn Foundation.

The quartet records exclusively for Sono Luminus and have released Beethoven Op. 131; The Kernis Project: Schubert; The Kernis Project: Beethoven; and Unbound, exclusively featuring contemporary composers.

Formed at Oberlin Conservatory, the Jasper String Quartet studied with James Dunham, Norman Fischer, and Kenneth Goldsmith as Rice University’s Graduate Quartet-in-Residence. The quartet continued its training with the Tokyo String Quartet as Yale University's Graduate Quartet-in-Residence. It takes its name from Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. The quartet receives career development support from Astral Artists and is represented exclusively by Dispeker Artists.

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