“Already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretative maturity, tonal refinement, and taut ensemble”                                                                  The Strad


Joel Link, violin
Bryan Lee, violin
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
en Shaw, cello

2017-18 Season Highlights

  • Oct: new CD, Voices of Defiance 1943 1944 1945, on Cedille Records; 3 works written during WWII: Viktor Ullmann Str. Quartet No. 3, Shostakovich Str. Quartet No. 2, & Simon Laks Str. Quartet No. 3
  • Oct, Jan: third/final leg of 3-year faculty residency at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music
  • Jan: Concertgebouw debut, playing Haydn, Zemlinsky, and Mozart
  • Jan: Carnegie Hall mainstage debut, with Janine Jansen, violin, & Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano 

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Awards and Career Highlights

  • 2017: Avery Fisher Career Grant
  • Cleveland Quartet Award for 2016-17 & 2017-18 seasons
  • 2016 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award winner
  • 2015: first Ensemble-in-Residence at NYC’s Peoples’ Symphony Concerts (3-year residency)
  • 2013-14: Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at Caramoor Festival
  • 2013: Grand Prize at Banff International String Quartet Competition, plus 3 special prizes
  • 2012 winners of Morrison Chamber Music Center Prize and Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland Prize at Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition
  • Residencies at Rice Univ. (2011-13), Curtis (Curtis’s first quartet-in-residence, 2013-14), & Northwestern University (2015-18)
  • 2008 Grand Prize winner at Fischoff Competition

What people are saying

  • “The young American string quartet of the moment”  — New Yorker
  • "[They] have it in them to become the next Guarneri String Quartet — they're that good. Expert musicianship, razor-sharp ensemble, deep musical feeling and a palpable commitment to communication made their performances satisfying on many levels." — Chicago Tribune
  • “[Their] Kennedy Center debut shows why they should be on must-hear list … A triumph.” — Washington Post
  • “A quartet to reckon with … For me, this was string quartet nirvana.” — Santa Fe New Mexican
  • “The quartet’s sensitivity runs to every phrase and gesture in the score, as well as to each other as players. Their collaboration in making a cohesive musical thought seems as natural as breathing.” — Colorado Public Radio