The Strad

The Strad

A Haydn quartet can feel like an appetizer - nice but perhaps insignificant.  The Ariel Quartet, on the other hand, presented op.76 no.1 with vitality, clarity of line, depth of sound and an impeccable sense of direction. The Menuetto: Presto sparkled with imagination (especially from first violinist Alexandra Kazovsky) and although occasionally the ensemble felt top-heavy, the piece was a joy.

The New York Times

The New York Times

Few concerts reach climaxes in the encores. After an hour or two of strenuous playing, it’s certainly not unusual for performers to be reluctant to push themselves too much further. Even if the party pieces unveiled when musicians are called back for more burst with dazzling notes, they often end up being merely pleasant.

The Times-Picayune

The Times-Picayune

Alisa Weilerstein played for the New Orleans Friends of Music on Monday (Feb. 3), and the superstar cellist made it clear that years of international touring, big name collaborators, glowing reviews, and a MacArthur "genius grant" haven't gone to her 31-year-old head. In fact, Weilerstein proved a total team player in an expansive program that paired her with the Ariel Quartet...

The Enquirer

The Enquirer

The Ariel Quartet has begun a feat that few string quartets have ever attempted. On Thursday, the Ariel – quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music – performed the first installment in a complete survey of all 17 of Beethoven’s String Quartets.The Ariel will be the first ensemble to perform “The Cycle” in Cincinnati. And they are doing it all in eight weeks, before its members turn 30.

The Herald-Tribune

The Herald-Tribune

The Ariel String Quartet brings a unique and intensely courageous spirit to the second in a series of six concerts presenting the entire cycle of Beethoven’s string quartets this season in Sarasota. This is the first time they will have completed the cycle — all before the members reach their 30th birthdays.

The Herald-Tribune

The Herald-Tribune

The Perlman Music Program has engaged the youthful Ariel Quartet to present a complete cycle of Ludwig van Beethoven's string quartets in six concerts during October, February and May, the first time this cycle has been heard in its entirety here.

At the first concert, heard in the intimate...

Music in Cincinnati

Music in Cincinnati

Cincinnati will have its own Beethoven cycle next season, thanks to the Ariel String Quartet, quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.The announcement was made at the ensemble’s final concert of the season Tuesday evening in Werner Recital Hall at CCM...

The Beat Magazine

 The Beat Magazine

How wonderful to be young, on the threshold of a serious, glamorous career in the arts, to be part of a collective of chamber musicians! This is the happy state of the Ariel Quartet, whose members are now enjoying the bloom of professional success. This group, formed in Israel, and currently based in the U.S., has achieved recognition...

ABC 7 NEWS

ABC 7 NEWS

VENICE - During the recent recession, when budget cuts hit Suncoast schools, a wave of fear went through many local educators and parents, afraid officials would drop music and arts classes in an effort to save money. The cuts came, but the musical programs in the schools didn't suffer.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

Cataclysmic times, it’s often said, produce great art. Take the early 20th century, when a Europe ripped apart by war and social upheaval suddenly found 19th century Romanticism irrelevant — and began giving birth to the revolutionary, exhilarating and world-changing movement known as Modernism.

Music in Cincinnati

Music in Cincinnati

Tuesday night's debut of the Ariel String Quartet at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music was a joke -- two jokes, in fact, one by Haydn, one by Beethoven. Specifically, Haydn's Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 33, No. 2, subtitled "The Joke," and Beethoven's Op. 135 in F Major, wherein the composer implanted words falsely suggesting the deepest gravity.

Palm Beach Daily News

Palm Beach Daily News

One of the best things about seeing younger people take over the classical heritage as their own is the fresh approach and raw energy they bring to the task.

That’s not to say that older musicians are set in their ways and resistant to change. It’s simply to say that when a foursome of twentysomethings takes on thrice-familiar music, they can bring a sense of commitment and discovery to the works that renews and invigorates them.

American Record Guide

American Record Guide

. . .The evening opened with the competition’s jaw-dropping group, the Ariel Quartet, founded in Jerusalem in 1998 and now residing in the USA. There’s a saying, “Don’t mess with Texas;” in Israel you don’t mess with music — it’s played with a concentration and intensity not found elsewhere.

Kalamazoo Gazette

Kalamazoo Gazette

At the end of the opening of the Fontana Chamber Arts 2006 Summer Music Festival Wednesday night, there was no doubt that the Ariel Quartet was the star of the evening. That was no easy feat, as the concert, given at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, contained performances by three other notable ensembles as well. Yet the Ariel Quartet was the clear audience favorite in the sold-out Cooper's Glen Auditorium, where all the music was played.