As the New Year unfolds and the mercury plummets Artaria begins the magical process of unveiling its next program of chamber music works. Program III will begin in February and features string quartets from the 1940's.


"That great art comes from troubled times says much about the human spirit as well as the value of artistic expression. All three composers on this program lived through World War II and were directly affected by it in the works we hear. Alwyn’s Three Winter Poems was completed in 1948, Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 4 in 1949, and William Walton’s String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 2 in 1947. Those dates indicate that each of the composers was either in the storm or the aftermath of World War II and was finding his voice to express that awful time in a way that only music can. Alwyn, Shostakovich, and Walton paint the many effects of World War II in their moving works and provide views that go beyond mere historical fact. While the Holocaust burned its horrible way through humanity and extinguished many fine musical works and players of the time, these composers were able to preserve in their music a moving perspective on those troubled years."



Notes by Lucy Miller Murray ©2015



Artaria Family Concert Set

Artaria is preparing for its upcoming Schubert Club's MIPS Family concerts on Friday, February 27, 2015, 6pm & 7:15pm at St.Matthews Episcopal Church in St Paul.

Share in the story of four people who became very good friends by doing something they enjoy together….Making Music!

Listen to the four members of Artaria as they play all kinds of music, from “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”, to quartets by famous composers like Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.  And, for the finale, a gifted – and friendly – teen quartet from the Artaria Chamber Music School makes a special appearance!



Program I - “Homage to Haydn”
Music from 1780-1790
Joseph Haydn Quartet in G major, Op.33/5
Ignaz Pleyel Quartet in g-minor, B.309
Wolfgang Mozart Quartet in C major, K.465 “Dissonance”
Sep. 21, 2014 Sundin Music Hall 3pm
Sep. 28, 2014 Wayzata Community Church 3pm

Program II - “Fin de Siècle”
Music from 1890-1900
Arnold Schoenberg Quartet in D major
Giacomo Puccini “Crisantemi”
Carl Nielsen Quartet in f-minor, Op.5
Nov. 23, 2014 Sundin Music Hall 3pm
Nov.30, 2014 Wayzata Community Church 3pm

Program III - “Post War Quartets”
Music from 1940-1950  
William Alwyn “Winter Poems"

Dmitri Shostakovich Quartet No.4
William Walton Quartet in a-minor
Feb. 22, 2015 Wayzata Community Church 3pm
March 1, 2015 Sundin Music Hall 3pm

Concert Program Notes

Program IV - “Reveling In Romanticism”
Music from 1880-1890
Richard Strauss Quartet in A major, Op.2
Antonín Dvořák Quartet in Eb, Op.51
May 10, 2015 Sundin Music Hall 3pm
May 17, 2015 Wayzata Community Church



The Artaria Chamber Music School is having a great year. The 12 quartets in the coaching program are playing well togeher and are now preparing for upcoming performances and competitions.


On Saturday, January 10at 4:30pm Minnesota Orchestra Principal Cellist Anthony Ross gave a terrific masterclass to our young artists and their families. Four outstanding string quartets from the Artaria Chamber Music School played music by Brahms, Dvorak, and Mendelssohn.








ACMS Winter Concert set

The ACMS Winter Concert which features music composed in the "Romantic" era will take place on Friday January 30, 2014 (7pm) at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist, located at 60 Kent Street at Portland in St. Paul. All ACMS ensembles will participate. FREE


Artaria's latest Cd - music by Mozart & Shostakovich


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About Us

The Artaria String Quartet has been learning, playing, teaching, and living in the chamber music world since 1986. We are passionate about string quartets and all the important thoughts and ideas that composers have imbedded in these 4-part scores. Click this link to find out more about us!

"What a stunning performance, quieting me to appreciation for such music and such glorious talent" - Note sent from audience member
“The precision of execution was striking. It gave the excellent Artaria String Quartet a chance to do some beautifully keen, precise, self-possessed playing. Artaria's Bartok Fifth was sure, eager, and understanding.” — Richard Buell, Boston Globe
“Nationally acclaimed, Artaria performed with exquisite refinement. Their technical skills cannot be overstated.” — Carol Winfield, Newport Express
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