Performance Friday, April 12, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Jasper String Quartet

Weill Recital Hall
The Jasper String Quartet, winner of the 2012 Cleveland Quartet Award, has wowed audiences everywhere with its electrifying performances, and its penchant for new music has helped it establish a reputation as a path-breaking group. For its Carnegie Hall debut, the quartet performs works from its most recent album, The Kernis Project: Beethoven, including one of Beethoven’s masterful “Razumovsky” quartets and a Pulitzer Prize–winning piece by Aaron Jay Kernis.

This concert is part of Salon Encores. The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.


  • Jasper String Quartet
    ·· J Freivogel, Violin
    ·· Sae Chonabayashi, Violin
    ·· Sam Quintal, Viola
    ·· Rachel Henderson Freivogel, Cello


  • HAYDN String Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2
  • AARON JAY KERNIS String Quartet No. 2, “Musica Instrumentalis”
  • BEETHOVEN String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, "Razumovsky"


  • Jasper String Quartet

    Winner of the 2012 Cleveland Quartet Award, the Jasper String Quartet has enjoyed prestigious appointments, such as 2010-2012 quartet-in-residence at Oberlin Conservatory and ensemble-in-residence at Classic Chamber Concerts. The quartet has been awarded, in conjunction with Astral Artists of Pennsylvania, a 2012 grant through Chamber Music America's Residency Partnership Program.

    After winning the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the 2008 Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the Jasper String Quartet went on to win the Grand Prize at the 2008 Coleman Competition, First Prize at the 2008 Chamber Music Yellow Springs competition, and the Silver Medal at the 2008 and 2009 Fischoff National Chamber Music Association competitions. It was the first ensemble to win the Yale School of Music's Horatio Parker Memorial Prize (2009), and in 2010, it joined the roster of Astral Artists after winning the organization's national auditions.

    The ensemble performs pieces that are emotionally significant to its members, ranging from Haydn and Beethoven to Berg, Ligeti, and living composers. It has already commissioned four string quartets from today's up-and-coming composers. The quartet performs throughout the US, Canada, England, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, and Panama.

    Based in New Haven, Connecticut, the Jasper String Quartet has also brought well over 100 outreach programs into schools and enjoys educational work of all types. During its Melba and Orville Rollefson Residency at The Banff Centre, the quartet members embarked on "guerilla chamber music," performing concerts in unusual settings around Alberta, Canada. It recently completed its 2009-2011 Ernst C. Stiefel String Quartet Residency at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, with whom it worked closely along with Astral Artists to bring outreach activities to schools.

    Originally formed at Oberlin Conservatory, the members of the Jasper String Quartet began pursuing a professional career in 2006 when they studied with James Dunham, Norman Fischer, and Kenneth Goldsmith as Rice University's graduate quartet-in-residence. In 2008, the quartet continued its training with the Tokyo String Quartet as Yale University's graduate quartet-in-residence. The quartet is named after Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. Visit for more information.

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Beethoven's String Quartet No. 9 in C Major No. 3, Op. 59, "Rasoumovsky," No. 3 IV. Allegro molto
Jasper String Quartet
Sono Luminus

At a Glance

JOSEPH HAYDN  String Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2, "Lobkowitz"

Prolific and endlessly imaginative, Haydn virtually created the string quartet as we know it. The second of his two Op. 77 quartets—contemporary with Beethoven's early Op. 18 quartets—demonstrates his mature mastery of the medium that Beethoven would develop in new and as yet unforeseen ways. Indeed, many people regard the F-Major Quartet as Haydn's crowning achievement.

AARON JAY KERNIS  String Quartet No. 2, "Musica instrumentalis"

Over the past three decades, American composer Aaron Jay Kernis has written more than 100 works in a wide variety of genres, many of which incorporate elements of the musical past. His two string quartets, dating from 1990 and 1997 respectively, draw on forms and techniques characteristic of the Classical and pre-Classical eras. The centerpiece of the String Quartet No. 2 is its intensely elegiac slow movement, based on the majestic cadences of the sarabande.

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN  String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, "Razumovsky"

The three great quartets that Beethoven composed in 1806 for Count Andrey Razumovsky marked a turning point both in his stylistic development and in the evolution of the string quartet. They exerted a seminal influence on Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and many other composers. From its darkly mysterious choral introduction to its sparkling fugal finale, the C-Major Quartet holds listeners on the edges of their seats.

Program Notes
Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Chamber Music America's Cleveland Quartet Award.
The Distinctive Debuts series is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for the presentation of young artists provided by The Lizabeth and Frank Newman Charitable Foundation.

Additional endowment support for international outreach has been provided by the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation.
This performance is part of Distinctive Debuts.

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