American String Quartet

Sunday, April 24, 4:00 pm at The Otesaga Hotel

The American String Quartet performs April 24 in Cooperstown

The American String Quartet’s program was, simply put a comprehensive display of ensemble mastery, of passion, precision and interpretive smarts in near perfect synchrony“— The Los Angeles Times

Beethoven: Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1, “Razumovsky”
Ravel: String Quartet in F major
Albert Roussel: Elpénor, for flute and string quartet, Op. 59

Performers: American String Quartet (Peter Winograd and Laurie Carney, violins; Daniel Avshalomov, viola; Wolfram Koessel, cello) and Linda Chesis, flute.

Online and phone sales have closed, but we will be selling tickets at the door, beginning at 3:30 pm.

We asked the American String Quartet’s Daniel Avshalomov about the program for the concert.

“Each of Beethoven’s quartets is like a sculpture, which one holds up and appreciates from a new angle, in new lighting, and with a new appreciation every time. Of course the music is the same as when he wrote it, but what we make of it, how we understand it, and what satisfaction we find there remains new.”

“The pleasures of the Roussel are twofold: another chance for the ASQ to make music with our dear friend Linda, and the discovery for all of us of a new work (albeit one composed in 1937) which promises to delight.”

And the Ravel? Mr. Avshalomov says, “The Ravel Quartet is the musical embodiment of suave. It is by turns sensual, atmospheric, touching, and vigorous. And it is perfectly made: you could not add or subtract one measure hoping to improve it.”



THE AMERICAN STRING QUARTET celebrates its 40th season in 2015–2016. Critics and colleagues hold the ASQ in high esteem and many of today’s leading artists and composers seek out the Quartet for col­lab­o­ra­tions. The Quartet is also known for its performances of the complete quartets of Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schoenberg, Bartók, Mendels­sohn, and Mozart, as well as all the string quintets of Mozart, Mendels­sohn, and Brahms. The Quartet’s recordings of the complete Mozart string quartets on a matched set of Stradi­varius instruments are widely held to set the standard for this repertoire.

In addition to quartets by European masters, the American naturally performs quartets by American com­pos­ers. The American also champions contemporary music. The Quartet has commissioned and premiered works by distinguished American composers Claus Adam, Richard Danielpour, Kenneth Fuchs, Tobias Picker, and George Tsontakis. The Quartet has recorded on the Albany, CRI, MusicMasters, Musical Heritage Society, Nonesuch, and RCA labels. The Quartet’s discography includes works by Adam, Corigliano, Danielpour, Dvořák, Fuchs, Prokofiev, Schoenberg, and Tsontakis.

The Quartet’s innovative programming and creative approach to education has resulted in notable residencies throughout the country. The Quartet continues as quartet in residence at the Manhattan School of Music (1984–present) and the Aspen Music Festival (1974–present). The ASQ also teaches in Beijing, China, and travels widely abroad.

Formed in 1974 when its original members were students at The Juilliard School, the American String Quartet was launched by winning both the Coleman Competition and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in the same year. Find out more on the Quartet’s website.

Flutist LINDA CHESIS is founder and artistic director of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival. She is a member of the flute faculty and chair of the Woodwind Department at the Manhattan School of Music. She has been hailed by critics on three continents as one of the most exciting and dynamic flutists of her generation. The top prize winner at the Paris and Barcelona International competitions, and at the National Flute Association Competition, Ms. Chesis has performed with orchestras and in solo recitals throughout the US, France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan and Korea. Her recordings can be heard on the EMI, Nonesuch and Music Masters labels. More about Linda Chesis…



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