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The phenomenal Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff Competition. Recently named the Cleveland Quartet Award winner, and awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Dover has become one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The Quartet’s rise from up-and-coming young ensemble to occupying a spot at the top of their field has been “practically meteoric” (Strings). With its burnished warmth, incisive rhythms, and natural phrasing, the Quartet’s distinctive sound has helped confirm its status as “the young American string quartet of the moment” (New Yorker). The Quartet serves as the quartet-in-residence for the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University.

In 2017-18 the Dover Quartet performs more than a hundred concerts around North America and Europe. The Quartet opens the season with performances for Texas Performing Arts, Chamber Music Houston, and Performance Santa Fe before appearing for the Kennedy Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Library of Congress, Detroit Chamber Music Society, the La Jolla Music Society, and throughout North America and Europe. The Quartet will perform together with the superstar violinist Janine Jansen and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, and will also continue multi-year residencies for the Walton Arts Center’s Artosphere, Peoples’ Symphony, and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival.

Cedille Records releases the Quartet’s sophomore album, entitled Voices of Defiance: 1943, 1944, 1945 in October 2017. The recording takes listeners on a powerful journey through works written during World War II by Viktor Ullmann, Dimitri Shostakovich, and Simon Laks. The 2016-17 season saw the release of its all-Mozart debut recording on the Cedille label, a nod to the 1965 debut album of the Guarneri Quartet, whose founding violist, Michael Tree, joined the Dover Quartet on the recording.

Hailed as “the next Guarneri Quartet” (Chicago Tribune), the Dover Quartet draws from the lineage of that distinguished ensemble, as well that of the Cleveland and Vermeer Quartets; its members studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where they were mentored extensively by Shmuel Ashkenasi, James Dunham, Norman Fischer, Kenneth Goldsmith, Joseph Silverstein, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, and Peter Wiley. It was at Curtis that the Quartet first formed, and its name pays tribute to Dover Beach by fellow Curtis alumnus Samuel Barber. The group has since returned for residencies to Rice in 2011-13, and to Curtis, where it became the conservatory’s first Quartet-in-Residence, in 2013-14. In addition, in 2015 the Dover was appointed the first Resident Ensemble of Peoples’ Symphony Concerts in the 116-year history of New York City’s oldest concert series.

The Dover Quartet is dedicated to sharing its music with under-served communities and is actively involved with Music for Food, an initiative enabling musicians to raise resources and awareness in the fight against hunger.

"The young American String Quartet of the moment."

-The New Yorker

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Dover Quartet w/ Anthony McGill, clarinet

Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 7:30 PM

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

The Ripple of Time
Tchaikovsky: Quartet in E-flat Minor, Op. 30
Bates: From Amber Frozen [Philadelphia Premiere]
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115

Pre-concert lecture w/ Michael Klein at 6:30 pm

The Dover Quartet will give a master class for students at Settlement Music School (Curtis Branch) on Tuesday, October 30, 3-4:30 pm.

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Dover Quartet w/ Richard Woodhams, oboe

Date: Friday, October 20, 2017 - 8:00 PM

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

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

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Peter Schoenbach

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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