Artaria String Quartet
The renowned string quartet Artaria returned to the Commonweal this year for two concerts with selections from Beethoven, Piston and Mendelssohn.
This year’s Commonweal concert dates & programs:
Wednesday, June 13th, 7:30 p.m.
Piston string quartet No. 1 in C major.
Beethoven string quartet Op. 132 in A minor.
Wednesday, June 20th, 7:30 p.m.
Beethoven string quartet Op. 95 “Serioso” in F minor.
Mendelssohn string quintet No. 2, Op. 87 in B-flat major.
Written in 1810, Op. 95 is seen as the culmination of Beethoven’s Middle Period or the beginning of his powerful Late Period. It is probably both, but, even more accurately, it stands alone in its expressiveness, its human qualities, and its musical genius.
Guest Artist: John Largesse (Miro String Quartet)
Rob Hubbard of the St. Paul Pioneer Press describes the Artaria String Quartet as an “exceptional ensemble with impressive confidence in its interpretations” and “Minnesota’s foremost teaching and performing string quartet”. Winners of the 2004 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, and named 2013-14 Minnesota Public Radio Artists-in-Residence, Artaria was also featured on Twin Cities Public Television as part of the “Minnesota Originals” series.
Artaria’s refined and thoughtful playing has brought them to major venues throughout the United States and Europe, on national television and public radio stations, and at top summer festivals including the Banff Centre in Canada, Festival de L’Epau in France, and the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA.
Artaria has earned numerous awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and the Minnesota State Arts Board for excellence in performance and educational outreach. Directors of the Artaria Chamber Music School, a premiere weekly string chamber music program in Saint Paul; and Stringwood Chamber Music Festival, featuring the ASQ and renowned guest artists every June in Lanesboro, MN; they are founders of the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, which showcases the nation’s top high school age string quartets each April.
Artaria is now in its 19th year as resident quartet at Stringwood Summer Chamber Music School and Festival in Lanesboro, MN.