The Euclid Quartet is one of the most well-regarded chamber ensembles of its generation, known for performances filled with passion, virtuosity, and sensitivity. Captivating audiences and critics ranging from Carnegie Hall to school classrooms to radio and television broadcasts, the quartet has performed to great acclaim across the country. The members are a multinational mix representing four continents of the world: violinist Jameson Cooper (Great Britain), violinist Jacob Murphy (United States), violist Luis Enrique Vargas (Venezuela), and cellist Si-Yan Darren Li (China).
Celebrating its 15th anniversary this season, highlights of the Euclid Quartet's career include significant international recognition as the first American string quartet to be awarded a top prize at the prestigious Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. Prior to its victory in Japan, the quartet also won awards in numerous competitions in the U.S., including the Hugo Kauder International Competition for String Quartets, The Carmel Chamber Music Competition, as well as the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. In 2009, the Euclid Quartet was awarded the esteemed “American Masterpieces” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Formed in Ohio in 1998, the Euclid Quartet took its name from the famous Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, home to a wealth of artistic and cultural institutions. Within three years, it was awarded the String Quartet Fellowship to participate at the Aspen Music Festival, where the group was invited to return for the summer concert season in 2006. The quartet was also invited to study at the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop with the Emerson String Quartet. Since then, the Euclid Quartet has appeared in numerous festivals, including the Kent/Blossom Festival, the Orford Music Festival, and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. The quartet has collaborated with internationally renowned artists, such as Joseph Silverstein, Alexander Toradze, Paul Katz, James Dunham, Warren Jones, and Gregory Fulkerson. The Euclid Quartet performs regularly on Chicago's Classical station WFMT, and has been featured on Performance Today.
In 2007, the Euclid Quartet was appointed to the prestigious string quartet residency at Indiana University South Bend, where its members teach private lessons and coach chamber music. They are committed to presenting the highest quality chamber music to young audiences. These seasoned teaching artists have performed for thousands and thousands of students and young adults, in part through support from the National Endowment for the Arts and collaborations with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association.
The quartet’s most recent CD set, on Artek Recordings, features the complete string quartets of Béla Bartók. American Record Guide raved about these discs: “rarely has a group found such meaning and vision.” Their debut CD, on Centaur Records, features the first four quartets of Hugo Kauder, a refugee from Nazi-occupied Austria who fled to the United States in the 1940s. He defied the atonal trend of his generation with his uniquely harmonic, contrapuntal style.
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