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In their 40th year, this celebrated quartet is among the world’s premiere ensembles, widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, and Shostakovich. The quartet has established itself as an important advocate of new music with many commissions from contemporary composers.
Consisting of Zakarias Grafilo (violin 1), Frederick Lifsitz (violin 2), Paul Yarbrough (viola) and Sandy Wilson (cello) the group is a major artistic presence in its home base of San Francisco. The quartet was formed in New York City in 1981 and captured international attention as the first American quartet to win the London International String Quartet Competition in 1985. They play on a matched set of instruments made in San Francisco by Francis Kuttner.
The quartet has a distinguished and wide-ranging discography, including the combined string quartet cycles of Bartók and Kodály, the String Quintets and Sextets of Brahms, and the Brahms and Schumann Piano Quintets. Their tour of Poland for the Beethoven Easter Festival was captured in a 2017 documentary film Con Moto.
Details on their repertoire will be posted when it becomes available.
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