Jasper String Quartet
Winner of the 2012 Cleveland Quartet Award, the Jasper String Quartet has been hailed as sonically delightful and expressively compelling (The Strad) and as "powerful" (The New York Times). The Classical Voice of North Carolina says they play "with sparkling vitality and great verve,...polished, engaged, and in tune with one another.
Based in Philadelphia, PA, the Jaspers are the Professional Quartet-in-Residence at Temple University's Center for Gifted Young Musicians. From 2015-2017, the Quartet will premiere their commission of Mr. Kernis 3rd String Quartet across the world, including at Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall in London.
After winning the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the 2008 Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the Jaspers went on to win the Grand Prize at the 2008 Coleman Competition, First Prize at Chamber Music Yellow Springs 2008, and the Silver Medal at the 2008 and 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions. They were the first ensemble to win the Yale School of Musics Horatio Parker Memorial Prize (2009), an award established in 1945 and selected by the faculty for best fulfilling lofty musical ideals." And in 2010, they joined the roster of Astral Artists after winning their national auditions.
The Jaspers perform pieces emotionally significant to its members ranging from Haydn and Beethoven through Berg, Ligeti, and living composers. They have commissioned string quartets from some of todays up-and-coming composers, including Andrew Norman, Nicholas Omiccioli, Conrad Tao and Annie Gosfield. Critics and audiences commend the Jasper String Quartets programming savvy (clevelandclassical.com) and they have performed throughout the United States and in Canada, England, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway and Panama.
Formed at Oberlin Conservatory, the Jaspers began pursuing a professional career in 2006 while studying with James Dunham, Norman Fischer, and Kenneth Goldsmith as Rice Universitys Graduate Quartet-in-Residence. In 2008, the quartet continued its training with the Tokyo String Quartet as Yale University's Graduate Quartet-in-Residence.
The Jasper String Quartet is named after Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada.
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3850 Doris Murphy Court (Graton Rd & Bohemian Hwy)
Occidental, CA 95465
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