“…a blazing, larger-than-life performance…” – The Washington Post

Distinguished by its virtuosic playing and impassioned interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has
earned its glowing international reputation. Formed in Israel nearly twenty years ago when its
members were middle-school students, the Quartet was recently awarded the prestigious
Cleveland Quartet Award. The Ariel serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University
of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the rigorous chamber music
program and perform their own annual series of concerts in addition to their busy touring
schedule.
The group’s 2017-18 season features performances for Shriver Hall Concert Series, the Lunenburg
Academy of Music Performance, and the New England Conservatory; on major series around the
United States; and on tour in Israel and Europe. In the 2016-17 season, the Ariel Quartet
performed the complete Beethoven cycle in Berlin, following a performance of the cycle for Napa’s
Music in the Vineyards, and toured with Alon Goldstein, while 2015-16 season featured their
debut at Carnegie Hall. Recent seasons included a groundbreaking Beethoven cycle performed at
New York’s SubCulture that featured a midnight performance of the Grosse Fuge, and a
performance featuring music by three generations of Israeli composers at the Kennedy Center in
Washington, D.C.
The Ariel Quartet has collaborated with the pianist Orion Weiss; violist Roger Tapping; cellist Paul
Katz; and the American, Pacifica, and Jerusalem String Quartets. The Quartet has toured with the
cellist Alisa Weilerstein and has performed frequently with the legendary pianist Menahem
Pressler. Additionally, the Ariel was quartet-in-residence for the Steans Music Institute at the
Ravinia Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, and for the Perlman Music Program, and was the
Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-In-Residence at the Caramoor Festival.
Formerly the resident ensemble in the New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet
Training Program, the Ariel has won a number of prestigious international prizes including the
Cleveland Quartet Award, the Competition “Franz Schubert and Modern Music” in Graz, the Grand
Prize at the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and the overall Third Prize at the
Banff International String Quartet Competition as well as the Székely Prize for their performance
of Bartók. After that performance, the American Record Guide described the Ariel Quartet as “a
consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power.”

The Ariel Quartet has been mentored extensively by Itzhak Perlman, Paul Katz, Donald Weilerstein,
Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, and Martha Strongin Katz, among others, and spent
a formative year in Switzerland for in-depth studies with Walter Levin, the founding first violinist
of the LaSalle Quartet. The Quartet has received significant scholarship support for the members’
studies in the United States from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Dov and Rachel
Gottesman, and the Legacy Heritage Fund. Most recently, they were awarded a substantial grant
from The A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation.

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