World Premiere

The ASQ is delighted to return to perform on the 2014 Bridge Chamber Music Festival in Mozart’s inimitable Quintet for Clarinet and Strings and a World Premiere quartet piece Dreaming in Waves by Venezuelan composer Reinaldo Moya. The performance will take place on August 20 at St. Olaf College. The Moya piece is quite unique with a mood infused flow to it and a jazzy undercurrent. Dreaming opens with a trio of quartet players in a syncopated motion mimicking ocean waves – undulating and free. The first violin enters with the instruction to play floaty and jittery and he has no bar lines (!) relying solely on chord changes and visual cues to stay on board as the piece unfolds. A new middle section (development?) arrives and features a pair of cadenzas from the viola and cello with the opening undulations resuming, this time including the 1st violin (with bar lines!). An episode of free jazz riffs (recap?) follows and then culminates in a heavenly ending. Very Unique. Very interesting to hear.


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
Sep. 28, 2014 Wayzata Community Church

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
Nov.30, 2014 Wayzata Community Church

Program III - “Music During Wartime”
Music from 1940-1950 
William Alwyn “Winter Poems"
Quincy Porter Quartet No.6
William Walton Quartet in a-minor
Feb. 22, 2015 Wayzata Community Church
March 1, 2015 Sundin Music Hall

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
May 17, 2015 Wayzata Community Church


Chamber Music School Opens Soon

The Artaria Chamber Music School will begin on September 6. This jewel of a school has instructed hundreds of students over the past 13 years and has produced several nationally ranked quartets. Quartets from this program win top prizes in major competitions and are invited to perform on NPR’S prestigious “FROM THE TOP” radio program. Additionally, many ACMS students matriculate each year to major conservatories and music schools across the nation.


This Fall the crop of new and returning players once again holds great promise. You can hear them at their Fall Concert which takes place on Friday November 7, 2014 (7pm) at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist, located at 60 Kent Street at Portland in St. Paul.


Artaria Records Videos

Artaria recently recorded a set of educational videos for the Quartetville blog. Our colleagues in the Miro, Chiara, Parker and Brooklyn Rider have also been part of this valuable project.


Artaria's latest Cd - music by Mozart & Shostakovich


Recent Projects

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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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