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Dover Quartet

Overview

Considered one of the most remarkably talented string quartets ever to emerge at such a young age, the Dover Quartet draws from the musical lineage of both the Vermeer and Guarneri Quartets, but brings a youthful enthusiasm and musical conviction to the repertoire that is truly its own. The Strad recently raved that the Quartet is “already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretative maturity, tonal refinement and taut ensemble.”

The Dover Quartet won prizes at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, and has taken part in festivals such as Chamber Music Northwest, Artosphere, La Jolla SummerFest, and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. They have performed for such influential series as the Washington Performing Arts Society, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Peoples’ Symphony, Schneider Concerts, Kneisel Hall, and the Houston Friends of Chamber Music. The Quartet also worked in close collaboration with violist Roberto Dí­az on an extensive European tour in spring 2013.

The Quartet was in residency with the Curtis Institute of Music and was named the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-In-Residence at the Caramoor Festival. Members of the Quartet have appeared as soloists with some of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic. The group’s recording of the Mendelssohn and Debussy quartets received high praise: “…the maturity in these interpretations is phenomenal and disproportionate to the age [of the group].”

The ensemble has studied with such renowned chamber musicians as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Arnold Steinhardt, Joseph Silverstein, and Peter Wiley, and was the Quartet-in-Residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music until May 2013. In addition, the Quartet is an active member of Music for Food, an initiative by musicians to help fight hunger in their home communities.

"Already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretive maturity, tonal refinement and taut ensemble."

-The Strad

Dover Quartet w/ Richard Woodhams, oboe

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Program

Tchaikovsky: Quartet in D Major, Op. 11
Bolcom: Serenata Notturna
Bartók: Quartet No. 1

Dover Quartet Philadelphia Concert
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Dover Quartet with Edgar Meyer, double bass

Date: Friday, October 21, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Mozart: Divertimento in D Major, K. 136
Rossini: Duo for Bass and Cello
Dvorak: Quartet in F Major, Op. 96, "American”
Meyer: Quintet for Strings

Dover Quartet Philadelphia Concert
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Dover Quartet with Steven Tenenbom, viola and Peter Wiley, cello

Date: Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Mozart: Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 589
Dutilleux: Ainsi la nuit
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture at 1:45pm with Christine Anderson

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Dover Quartet w/ Roberto Dí­az, viola

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Beethoven: Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 7, Op. 108
Brahms: String Quintet in G Major, Op. 111

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Dover Quartet w/ Jarrett Ott, baritone

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Beethoven: Quartet in F Major, Op. 135
Sessler: Quartet [Philadelphia Premiere]
Barber: Dover Beach, Op. 3
Barber: Quartet, Op. 11

The Strad

“Already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretive maturity, tonal refinement and taut ensemble.”

The New Yorker

“The young American String Quartet of the moment.”

Calgary Herald

“What separated the Dover Quartet from the others was their consistent attention to detail entrenched in an indisputably proficient musicality that frequently communicated itself effectively and powerfully.”

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