The Argus Quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 and is receiving invitations from concert series throughout the United States and abroad. Recent performances include appearances at Carnegie Hall, Laguna Beach Live!, the Hear Now Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, the Birdfoot Festival, and the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam. This season also includes performances with the Brentano Quartet and clarinetist David Shifrin at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Oneppo Chamber Series, and Carnegie Hall. The Argus Quartet will serve as the Ernst Stiefel Quartet in Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts during the 2016-17 season.
Argus is dedicated to reinvigorating the audience-performer relationship through innovative concerts and diverse repertoire – connecting with and building up a community of engaged listeners is at the core of the quartet’s mission. The quartet also believes that today’s ensembles can honor the storied chamber music traditions of our past while forging a new path forward. In that spirit, their repertoire includes not just staples of the chamber music canon but also a large number of pieces by living composers.
Through Chamber Music America and the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Argus has commissioned a number of new works including quartets by Donald Crockett, composer and GRAMMY nominee Eric Guinivan, and the 2014 Hermitage Prize winner Thomas Kotcheff. Argus served as the Quartet in Residence at New Music on the Point under the guidance of the JACK Quartet, and was also selected as one of three ensembles to perform works from Kronos Quartet’s “Fifty for the Future” commissioning project at Carnegie Hall.
The quartet recently began an appointment as the Yale School of Music’s Fellowship Quartet in Residence and is the first ensemble to be mentored by the Brentano String Quartet in that capacity. In addition to their teaching responsibilities at Yale, Argus has worked with students through residencies and masterclasses at James Madison University, Rockport Music, the Milken School, the Young Musicians Foundation, California State University Long Beach, and the Birdfoot Festival.
“The Argus Quartet is finding fresh, thrillingly expressive possibilities and adding bold new colors to a canvas that has their clear signature on it.”
“They played with supreme melodic control and total authority”
BURSTS OF LAUGHTER
San Diego, CA
San Diego Central Library
Address: 330 Park Blvd..
Long Beach, CA
Cal State Long Beach
Residency performing and working with students at Cal State Long Beach
LA City College- Clausen Recital Hall
Composition reading of LACC students and recital at LACC’s Clausen Hall.
Boston Court Performing Arts Center
Address: 70 North Mentor Ave..
02/28/17 - 03/03/17
Address: Shalin Liu Performance Center.
Venue phone: 978.546.7391.
Outreach residency at Rockport Music with concert on March 1
Ryan Concert Hall ~ Smith Center for the Arts
Address: #61 Eaton Street.
Recital in collaboration with Professor Sang Woo Kang
03/27/17 - 04/05/17
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
Our second residency at Caramoor as their quartet in residence with a concert on April 2nd. Program: Quartets by the Sleeping Giant Collective
Box office: (917) 267-0368.
Address: 509 Atlantic Ave..
Venue phone: (917) 267-0363.
Please note that Roulette’s Box Office opens 1 hour to performances.
Music at St. David’s
Address: 4700 Roland Avenue.
Our second concert at Music at St. David’s in Baltimore as their ensemble in residence
New Britain, CT
The South Church Chamber Music Society
Address: 90 Main Street.
Venue phone: 860-223-7555.
Recital program including a collaboration with pianist David Westfall
05/08/17 - 05/10/17
Essex Winter Series
Outreach residency with the Essex Winter Series