Photo credit:
J. Mae Barizo
with CYNTHIA PHELPS, viola
Nov. 17, 2019

Peter Winograd - violin         Daniel Avshalomov - viola
Laurie Carney - violin         Wolfram Koessel - cello
with Cynthia Phelps - viola

Now in its 45th concert season, the American String Quartet (ASQ) has long been one of the world’s most esteemed ensembles of its kind. Formed in 1974 when its original members were students at the Juilliard School, the ASQ was launched by winning both the Coleman Competition and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in the same year. Innovative programming and a creative approach to education has resulted in notable residencies including at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado (1974 to the present) and the Manhattan School of Music (1984 to the present). It has also served as resident quartet at the Taos School of Music, the Peabody Conservatory and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

The ASQ is known both for its presentations of the complete quartets of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Bartók and Schoenberg, as well as champions of new music. The Quartet has commissioned and premiered works by leading composers like Claus Adam, Richard Danielpour, Tobias Picker and George Tsontakis. One of its most outstanding accomplishments is the recording of the complete Mozart string quartets on a matched set of Stradivarius instruments, widely held to be the standard bearer for this repertory. The ASQ also ventures into unconventional territory, as it did in July 2012, when it collaborated with the composer Mohammed Fairouz, clarinetist David Krakauer and the Indian dancer and Bollywood star Shakti Mohan for a performance of Fairouz’ Hindustani Dabkeh for BBC World News. Cynthia Phelps, principal violist of the New York Philharmonic, joins the Quartet for the performance of Mozart, Mendelssohn and Brahms string quintets.

First appearance in this formation.


MOZART                 String Quintet in D major, K. 593 (1790)
(1756-1791)                   Larghetto - Allegro - Larghetto - Tempo I
                                       Menuetto: Allegretto
                                       Finale: Allegro

MENDELSSOHN    String Quintet in B flat major,

(1809-1847)                 Opus 87 (1845)
Allegro vivace
                                       Andante scherzando
                                       Adagio e lento
                                       Allegro molto vivace

BRAHMS                 String Quintet in G major,

(1833-1897)                 Opus 111 (1890)
Allegro non troppo, ma con brio
                                       Un poco allegretto
                                       Vivace, ma non troppo presto