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Now in its 30th season, the Artaria String Quartet continues to explore and curate the great string quartet repertory.

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Quartet Bio

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.

A bit of our history

9/1986 - 5/1992
We begin in Boston!

Quartet formed by Raphael Hillyer of the Juilliard SQ. Mentored and named by Eugene Lehner of the Kolisch Quartet.

8/1988, 1998, 1999

Artists-In-Residence for three summers in Lenox, MA as the Artaria Quartet of Boston.
(our original name)


Fly from Boston to compete in the Finals of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition.

8/1992 - 5/1993
Rural Residency

On assignment for 9 months in rural south Georgia for the National Endowment for the Arts.

8/1993 - 5 1998
Viterbo University

Artaria serves on the Viterbo University faculty as Artists- in-Residence.

McKnight Fellowship

We win a prestigious and highly competitive McKnight Performing Artist Fellowship in Minnesota as the Artaria String Quartet. (our new name)

9/2013 - 5/2014
MPR Artists

ASQ serves as Artists-in-Residence at Minnesota Public Radio.

MN Original

Twin Cities Public Television features Artaria on its "Minnesota Original" broadcasts nationwide.

9/2014 - 5/2015
MSAB Arts Learning

Artaria is selected for a multi-city Arts Learning Initiative by the Minnesota State Arts Board.

9/2015 - 5/2016
CMA Residency

Artaria wins a coveted National Residency Grant from Chamber Music America, partnering with the Reif Center for the Arts in Grand Rapids, MN.


Press Kit

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