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The Orion Quartet is one of the most sought-after ensembles in the United States. Since its inception, the Quartet has been consistently praised for the fresh perspective and individuality it brings to performances, offering diverse programs that juxtapose classic works of the standard quartet literature with masterworks by living composers. The members of the Quartet–violinists Daniel Phillips and Todd Phillips (brothers who share the first violin chair equally), violist Steven Tenenbom and cellist Timothy Eddy–have worked closely with such legendary figures as Pablo Casals, Rudolf Serkin, Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Peter Serkin, members of TASHI and the Beaux Arts Trio, as well as the Budapest, Végh, Galimir and Guarneri String Quartets.

The Orion serves as Artist Members of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Quartet-in-Residence at New York's Mannes College of Music. The ensemble has achieved an enviable reputation for its interpretations of Beethoven's string quartets, and has recorded the complete cycle for KOCH International Classics. The Quartet's recordings reflect its musical diversity. Its 2010 release of various Peter Lieberson works featured the premiere recording of the composer's Piano Quintet with Peter Serkin. In addition to the complete Beethoven quartets, the Orion released Leon Kirchner's complete string quartets on Albany Records. Heard on National Public Radio's Performance Today, the Orion has also appeared on PBS's Live from Lincoln Center, A&E's Breakfast with the Arts, and three times on ABC-TV's Good Morning America.

The Orion String Quartet gained immediate attention in the classical music world when its founding members, each with distinguished solo and chamber music careers, officially formed the ensemble in 1987. The Quartet chose its name from the Orion constellation as a metaphor for the unique personality each musician brings to the group in its collective pursuit of the highest musical ideals.

"The persuasive power of (their) performance came from the exquisiteness and eloquence the four players brought their lines...but it also came from how all of them phrased together - and, it seemed, breathed together. The Orion Quartet is a configuration of particular sensitivity and bravado."

-New York Times

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Orion Quartet w/ Robert Levin, speaker

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 8:00 PM

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

Haydn: Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross, Op. 51

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

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Orion Quartet

Date: Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 3:00 PM

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

Haydn: Quartet in F Major, Op. 50, No. 5
Bartók: Quartet No. 2
Dvořák: Quartet in A-flat Major, Op. 105

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Orion Quartet w/ Richard Woodhams, oboe

Date: Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 3:00 PM

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

Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370
Kirchner: Quartet No. 1
Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture at 1:45pm with Karl Middleman

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Orion Quartet w/ Peter Serkin, piano

Date: Friday, February 20, 2015 - 8:00 PM

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

Haydn: Quartet in C Major, Op. 50, No. 2
Reger: Piano Quartet in A Minor, Op. 133
Haydn: Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2
Schoenberg: Kammersymphonie, Op. 9 (Arr. by Webern)

 

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture at 6:45pm with Jonathan Coopersmith 

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Orion Quartet w/ Michael Tree, viola and Marcy Rosen, cello

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 8:00 PM

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

Haydn: Quartet in G Minor, Op. 20, No. 3
Bridge: String Sextet
Schumann: Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1

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Orion Quartet w/ Ida Kavafian, viola and Marcy Rosen, cello

Date: Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 3:00 PM

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

Haydn: Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2
Bartók: Quartet No. 6
DvoÅ™ák: String Sextet in A Major, Op. 48

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Orion Quartet w/ Ida Kavafian, viola

Date: Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 3:00 PM

Location: Private: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Mozart: Quartet in C Major, K. 465, “Dissonant”
Brahms: Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1
Mendelssohn: String Quintet in A Major, Op. 18

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Orion Quartet w/ John Dalley, viola and Peter Wiley, cello

Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 8:00 PM

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

Stravinsky: Concertino for Quartet
Schulhoff: Sextet for Strings
Stravinsky: 3 Pieces for Quartet
Bartok: Quartet No. 4

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Orion Quartet w/ Ida Kavafian, viola and Peter Wiley, cello

Date: Friday, February 12, 2010 - 8:00 PM

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

Haydn: Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4
Dzubay: Quartet No. 1, "Astral" [Phila. Premiere]
Brahms: Sextet in G Major, Op. 36

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Orion Quartet w/ Kim Kashkashian, viola and Marcy Rosen, cello

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 8:00 PM

Location: Private: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Haydn: String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 33, No. 2, Hob. III:38, “Joke”
Liebermann: String Quartet No. 4, Op. 103 [Philadelphia Premiere]
DvoÅ™ák: String Sextet in A Major, Op. 48, B. 80 [1878]

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Orion Quartet w/ Ida Kavafian, viola and David Soyer, cello

Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2007 - 8:00 PM

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

Haydn: String Quartet in C Major, Op. 74, No. 1, Hob. III:72
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13
Brahms: String Sextet in B-flat Major, Op. 18

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Orion Quartet

Date: Sunday, December 10, 2006 - 3:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Beethoven: String Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5
Kirchner: String Quartet No. 4 [Phila. Premiere/Co-commission by PCMS]
Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1, “Razumovsky”

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Orion Quartet w/ Ida Kavafian, viola

Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 8:00 PM

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

Mozart: String Quintet in C Major, K. 515
Mozart: String Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 428
Mozart: String Quintet in G Minor, K. 516

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Orion Quartet w/ David Soyer, cello and Anna Polonsky, piano

Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2004 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

DvoÅ™ák: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 87, B. 162
Schubert: String Quintet in C Major, D. 956

* Catherine Cho replaced Daniel Phillips for this evening’s performance.

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Orion Quartet w/ Kazukide Isomura, viola and Clive Greensmith, cello

Date: Friday, October 24, 2003 - 8:00 PM

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

Haydn: String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 20, No. 1, Hob. III:31
Harbison: String Quartet No. 4 [Philadelphia Premiere]
Brahms: String Sextet in B-flat Major, Op. 18

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Orion Quartet

Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2003 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Prokofiev: String Quartet in B Minor, Op. 50
Sibelius: Quartet in D Minor, Op. 56, “Voces Intimae”
Beethoven: String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130, with the GroíŸe Fuge, Op. 133

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Orion Quartet w/ Ida Kavafian, viola

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2002 - 3:00 PM

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

Beethoven: String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4
Ní¸rgí¥rd: String Quartet No. 9, “Into the Source” [Philadelphia Premiere]
Mozart: String Quintet in G Minor, K. 516

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Orion Quartet

Date: Monday, April 9, 2001 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Mozart: String Quartet in F Major, K. 590
Kirchner: String Quartet No. 2
DvoÅ™ák String Quartet in G Major, Op. 106, B. 192

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Orion Quartet w/ Michael Tree, viola and David Soyer, cello

Date: Friday, March 3, 2000 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Haydn: String Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2, Hob. III:32
Marsalis: At the Octoroon Ball
DvoÅ™ák: String Sextet in A Major, Op. 48, B. 80

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Orion Quartet w/ Lydia Artymiw, piano

Date: Thursday, January 14, 1999 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Hindemith: String Quartet No. 4, Op. 22
Schumann: Piano Trio in F Major, Op. 80
Smetana: String Quartet in E Minor, “From My Life”

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Orion Quartet w/ Gary Graffman, piano

Date: Friday, April 17, 1998 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Beethoven: String Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5
Korngold: Suite for Two Violins, Cello, and Piano [Left Hand], Op. 23
DvoÅ™ák: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96, B. 179, “American”

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Orion Quartet

Date: Friday, November 15, 1996 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Schubert: String Quartet in C Minor, D. 703, “Quartettsatz”
Dzubay: Threnody After Josquin’s Mille Regretz
Brahms: String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 67
Beethoven: String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131

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Orion Quartet w/ Lydia Artymiw, piano

Date: Friday, November 11, 1994 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Haydn:  String Quartet in F Major, Op. 50, No. 5, Hob. III:48, “Dream”
Phillips: String Quartet
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44

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Orion Quartet

Date: Friday, March 5, 1993 - 8:00 PM

Location: Port of History Museum,

Haydn: String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 76, No. 2, Hob. III:76, “Quinten”
Bartók: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7
Beethoven: String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132

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Orion Quartet

Date: Tuesday, January 22, 1991 - 8:00 PM

Location: Port of History Museum,

Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 12
Kirchner: String Quartet No. 1
Beethoven: String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2, “Razumovsky”

Los Angeles Times

“The four extremely virtuosic and accomplished players of the Orion Quartet seem to have been born to be together.”

New York Times

“The persuasive power of (their) performance came from the exquisiteness and eloquence the four players brought their lines...but it also came from how all of them phrased together - and, it seemed, breathed together. The Orion Quartet is a configuration of particular sensitivity and bravado.”

Toronto Star

“Playing of comfortable virtuosic hue, no matter how dense the fabric...There was a marvelous unanimity of performance style, and even a lushness to its rapidly shifting demands.”

Cleveland Plain-Dealer

“The Orion's performances were illuminating, marked not only by abundant sensitivity and clarity, but also by a sense that the music was being explored anew.”

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