ABOUT US

The Argus Quartet is dedicated to celebrating the artistic landscape of our time by drawing unexpected connections across styles and centuries in order to foster community amongst performers, audiences, and composers alike. Praised for playing with “supreme melodic control and total authority” and “decided dramatic impact” (Calgary Herald), the Quartet has quickly emerged as one of today’s most dynamic and versatile ensembles, winning First Prize at both the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition and the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition.

 

Since then, increasingly busy concert seasons have taken Argus to some of the country’s most prestigious venues and festivals, including Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Chamber Music Society of Detroit, the Ravinia Festival, the Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival, and Music Academy of the West. Highlights of the 2019-20 season include debut performances for Washington Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series, along with a return engagement in New York for the Schneider Concerts at the New School.

 

Argus has worked with many of today’s leading musical voices, including Martin Bresnick, Chris Cerrone, Ted Hearne, Garth Knox, Andrew Norman, Christopher Theofanidis, and Augusta Read Thomas. Recent commissions include new quartets by Katherine Balch, Donald Crockett, GRAMMY nominee Eric Guinivan, Hermitage Prize winner Thomas Kotcheff, and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Juri Seo. Argus’s recording of Seo’s works for string quartet was released in May 2019 on Innova Recordings. The Quartet has received grants from the Koussevitsky Foundation, Chamber Music America, and the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in support of their commissioning efforts.

 

From 2015-17, the Quartet served as the Fellowship Quartet in Residence at the Yale School of Music under the guidance of the Brentano Quartet, and from 2017-19 held the position of Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School, where they worked closely with the Juilliard String Quartet. They have also held residencies at New Music on the Point, working with the JACK Quartet, and at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts as the Ernst Stiefel Quartet in Residence.

 

Education and outreach are an important part of the Argus Quartet’s mission. The Quartet has worked with students through residencies and masterclasses at Yale and Princeton, James Madison University, Rockport Music, the Milken School, the Young Musicians Foundation, California State University Long Beach, and Los Angeles City College.

 

Based in New York City, the Quartet was founded in Los Angeles in 2013, where its members shared many meals at their favorite taco truck on Argus Drive.

Clara Kim
violin

Giancarlo Latta
Violin

Maren Rothfritz
Viola

Joann Whang
Cello

PROJECTS + NEWS

  • Argus Joins BesenArts and Welcomes New Members!

    Argus Joins BesenArts and Welcomes New Members!

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  • 1st Prize at M-Prize & We’re Going to Juilliard!

    1st Prize at M-Prize & We’re Going to Juilliard!

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  • Residency at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts

    Residency at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts

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CALENDAR

Date City Venue
09/23/19 - 09/30/19 Putney, Vermont Yellow Barn | Artist Residency with Dana Fonteneau
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10/13/19 New York, NY Schneider Concert Series| Auditorium
Time: 2:00pm. Admission: $16-18. Address: 66 West 12th Street. Buy Tickets
10/23/19 Cedar Rapids, Iowa Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Time: 7:00pm. Box office: 319-273-SHOW (7469). Address: 8201 Dakota Street. Venue phone: (319) 273-3660. Buy Tickets More information
10/26/19 Syracuse, NY Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music | H.W. Smith School
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: Free for students-$15 under 35-$20 senior-$25 regular. Address: 1130 Salt Springs Road. Venue phone: 315-682-7720.
11/08/19 Princeton, NJ Composers Guild of NJ | Salon 33
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $20-Suggested Donation. For more info, please email argusquartet@gmail.com.
01/26/20 Laguna Woods, CA Community Concerts of Laguna Woods Village | Performing Arts Center
Time: 2:00pm. Address: Performing Arts Center: 23822 Avenida Sevilla. Venue phone: 949-454-0468. More information
03/05/20 New York, NY Lincoln Center|David Rubenstein Atrium
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: Free. Box office: 212-721-6500. Address: 61 W 62nd Street. Venue phone: 212-875-5375. More information
04/05/20 Lockport, IL Norton Building Concert Series
Time: 2:30pm. Admission: $30 single seats. Address: 200 West 11th Street. Venue phone: (708) 429-6853. Buy Tickets More information
04/14/20 Washington, D.C. Washington Performing Arts|Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Time: 7:30pm. Box office: 202.785.9727. Address: 2700 F St NW. Venue phone: (202) 833-9800. Buy Tickets More information

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CONTACT US

ArgusQuartet@gmail.com
(781) 223-5625

 

For booking inquiries made after July 1, 2019, please contact BesenArts:

Robert Besen
Robert@BesenArts.com
(201) 399-7425

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For booking inquiries made before July 1, 2019, please contact our Concert Artists Guild representatives:

Steven D. Shaiman
sshaiman@concertartists.org
(212)-333-5200 ext. 116

Chris Williams
cwilliams@concertartists.org
(212)-333-5200 ext. 112

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