Dover Quartet Performs at Emanuel Ax Birthday Celebration

Never one to miss a great party, the Dover Quartet took a three-day break from annual duties at the Artosphere Festival – one of their longest-standing supporters – and jetted to London last weekend, where they took part in the Wigmore Hall’s 70th-birthday celebration of their dear friend and collaborator Emanuel Ax. It’s not just any string quartet that a legend like Ax invites to play with him: he first heard the Dover at Tanglewood and was so taken by what he heard that he invited them to perform with him first at Northwestern, now at Wigmore, and in the fall at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall.

Australian Debut

The intrepid Dover Quartet made its Australian debut in April, a trip that was made complete by the feeding of kangaroos in Tasmania! The four-day Musica Viva spectacular in Sydney featured dozens of fabulous musicians, including the Dover’s longtime collaborator Edgar Meyer.

The Quartet made quite an impression on their Australian audience as Limelight magazine raved, “…the quartet gave a taut, fiery performance of meticulous ensemble work and fiery spirit.” The Dover is enjoying some well-earned time off this week before returning to Carnegie Hall for a program featuring the music of Tchaikovsky, Bartók, and Dvořák that will mark the Quartet’s fourth performance at Carnegie in as many years.

Dover Quartet Celebrates Leon Fleisher’s 90th Birthday

Earlier this month the Dover Quartet joined Jonathan Biss, Yefim Bronfman, and the star himself in three concerts honoring the legendary Leon Fleisher. The programs – performed at Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia’s Perelman Hall, and the Kennedy Center – included Fleisher’s deeply felt Sheep May Safely Graze as well as Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 with the Dover. Congratulatory videos from luminaries like Mitsuko Uchida, Yuja Wang, Richard Goode, and even Ruth Bader Ginsburg rounded out the evening. As the Classical Post wrote, “It was a magically musical evening to celebrate a legend in the classical music world.”

Musical America's review of the Carnegie Hall performance sums it up perfectly: "The best was kept for last: With a wonderful sense of generations being bridged, Fleisher and the Dover Quartet (plus Rachel Calin on bass) performed Mozart’s own reduction of his Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major."

Dover Quartet Plays Back-to-Back Concerts in NYC (May 5 & 6), before Intensive Summer of Festivals

On the heels of an extensive German tour, the Dover Quartet – “one of the world’s finest young string quartets” (New Yorker) – comes back to New York City for a weekend of back-to-back appearances. On Saturday, May 5, the group continues its three-year tenure as the first Ensemble-in-Residence of the Peoples’ Symphony Concerts with a program of Haydn, Borodin, and Mozart. The following day, on Sunday, May 6, the quartet heads a few blocks further downtown for a pairing of Mozart and Mendelssohn in the weekly GatherNYC series at SubCulture. These Big Apple dates punctuate a full spring that also sees the Dovers return to Northwestern University for the next installment in their specially created faculty residency, before embarking on an intensive transatlantic summer festival lineup. Highlighted by performances at the Edinburgh International Festival, Norway’s Rosendal Chamber Music Festival, Wyoming’s Grand Teton Music Festival, Oregon’s Chamber Music Northwest, Massachusetts’s Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the summer caps another banner season for the 2016-18 Cleveland Quartet Award-winning group that is, as the Washington Post observes, “the very model of a modern young classical ensemble.”

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The Dover Quartet is named Kennedy Center Quartet-In-Residence for Three-year Term

In 2018-2019, The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center is joined by the Dover Quartet, the Center’s new Quartet-in-Residence.

The season opens with the Dover Quartet’s return to the Fortas series in a concert that marks the beginning of a three-year term as the Kennedy Center’s Quartet-in Residence. In its new role during the 2018-2019 season, the ensemble performs on programs throughout the Kennedy Center – From the Fortas series to the Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates’s KC Jukebox series. The Quartet’s residency is also intended to provide the ensemble with tools to expand their education footprint, developing a mobile capsule program, reaching school children while touring, and utilizing the Kennedy Center’s vast educational network throughout the United States.

Equally at home in canonical repertoire as well as the newest reaches of contemporary classical music, the Dover’s first concert in its new capacity includes Webern’s Langsamer Satz, Schubert’s Quartet in G Major, and Bate’s From Amber Frozen. The Quartet plans to perform one of Bates’s string quartets in each of the first two years of its residency, and the Kennedy Center will commission a third string quartet for the Dover Quartet’s third year.

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Dover Quartet Makes Carnegie Hall Mainstage Debut This Sunday, January 21, with Free, Live Webcast at

This Sunday, January 21, the Dover Quartet – “one of the world’s finest young string quartets” (New Yorker) – joins Janine Jansen and Jean-Yves Thibaudet at New York’s Carnegie Hall for Chausson’s haunting yet rarely programmed Concerto in D for violin, piano, and string quartet. Marking the Cleveland Quartet Award- and 2017 Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning group’s Stern Auditorium debut, the concert will be filmed and streamed live, free of charge, to audiences around the world at, after which the webcast will be available for 90 days for free, on-demand viewing.

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On Heels of Best-selling Cedille Album, Voices of Defiance 1943 1944 1945, Dover Quartet Plays NYC Peoples’ Symphony Concert, Makes Debuts at Library of Congress & Carnegie Hall Mainstage

Following the October release of the best-selling albumVoices of Defiance 1943 1944 1945 – which broke the top ten on Billboard’s traditional classical chart – the Cleveland Quartet Award- and Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning Dover Quartetstops in New York City on November 18 for a Peoples’ Symphony concert, featuring World War II-era music from the album and Romantic quartets by Mendelssohn and Schumann. Other fall/winter highlights include a debut at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. in December, and the group’s mainstage Carnegie Hall and Amsterdam Concertgebouw debuts in January.

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Dover Quartet to Give Concert in Charlottesville, VA on September 23, with Proceeds to Benefit Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

The Dover Quartet will give an hour-long benefit concert in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, September 23 at 4pm at the Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center (MLK PAC). Though admission is free, the Dover Quartet and the presenting organization, Tuesday Evening Concert Series (TECS), will be encouraging audience members to make donations, all of which will go to the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF) in the Heal Charlottesville Fund, which have been providing resources to community members impacted by the tragic events last month.

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New Album, Plus Return to Kennedy Center and Debuts at Concertgebouw, Library of Congress, and Carnegie’s Main Stage Highlight Dover Quartet’s 2017-18 Season

The Dover Quartet launches the season with the release on October 13 of its second recording on the Cedille label. Titled Voices of Defiance 1943 1944 1945, the new album takes listeners on a powerful, often harrowing, journey through three searing works written during World War II, by Viktor Ullmann, Shostakovich, and Simon Laks, all three of whom also feature in the Dovers’ full 2017-18 concert lineup. Other highlights include their debuts at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Washington’s Library of Congress; their first mainstage appearance at Carnegie Hall; and a pair of performances at the Kennedy Center, in collaboration with the Emerson String Quartet and in the trailblazing KC Jukebox series. Along with returns to Philadelphia’sKimmel Center, the People’s Symphony Concerts of New York, and a host of other U.S. presenters, the ensemble looks forward to a weeklong residency at Canada’s Lunenburg Academy of Music and multiple performances throughout the season in the third year of their specially created faculty residency at Northwestern University. The Dovers also complete shooting on a feature-length documentary by award-winning filmmaker Bruce Broder, which follows them to Salzburg, the Kennedy Center, and other recent stops on their meteoric musical journey. Bringing rare musicianship and an infectious joy in music-making to repertoire ranging from Mozart and Tchaikovsky to Schoenberg, Duke Ellington, and Derek Bermel, the Dover Quartet is, as the Washington Post observes, “the very model of a modern young classical ensemble.”

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Dover Quartet Celebrates Relaunch of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks with Special Performance at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge (May 30)

“I’ll see you again in 25 years,” said Laura Palmer to Agent Dale Cooper in the final episode of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. This May, just over a quarter-century later, fans can hope to find that promise fulfilled, when the surreal cult TV series finally returns to the small screen. To celebrate the relaunch, on May 30 the Dover Quartet previews selections from Twin Peaks Fantasy – a new work-in-progress by Daniel Schlosberg that draws on Angelo Badalamenti’s original Grammy Award-winning score – as the centerpiece of a special performance at downtown New York City hotspot Le Poisson Rouge. Rounding out the all-contemporary program are quartet arrangements of Badalamenti’s own, haunting Snapshot from Prague and other excerpts from his atmospheric Twin Peaks score, together with two recent commissions for the Dovers that share something of its distinctive ambience: Pale Blue Dot, David Ludwig’s depiction of Earth as seen from deep space, and Plan & Elevation (The Grounds of Dumbarton Oaks) by Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw.

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Dover Quartet Adds Avery Fisher Career Grant to Growing String of Honors

The Dover Quartet has been named as the recipient of a 2017 Avery Fisher Career Grant, one of classical music’s most prestigious awards. Chosen for their outstanding artistry, the Dovers will be honored today (Wednesday, March 15) at WQXR’s Greene Space, where – being currently on tour in Europe – they will be represented by a short video excerpt.

Already recognized with a string of honors that include the Cleveland Quartet Award and an inaugural Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, the Dovers follow in the footsteps of such previous Avery Fisher Career Grant recipients as pianists Kirill Gerstein and Yuja Wang, clarinetist Anthony McGill, violinists Augustin Hadelich and Leila Josefowicz, and the Pacifica Quartet. Their fellow 2017 recipients are violinists Chad Hoopes and Stephen Waarts and pianist Haochen Zhang, like whom they look forward to receiving a cash award of $25,000 and being featured on WNET Thirteen’s program NYC-ARTS.

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This Spring, Dover Quartet Debuts in Eleven European Cities and Continues Complete Beethoven Cycles

This spring, the Dover Quartet – praised by the Washington Post for “impeccable refinement” – performs across Austria, Germany and Switzerland, making debuts on every stop of their eleven-city tour, with a varying program that features Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Smetana, Britten, Barber, and two contemporary composers the group has consistently championed: David Ludwig and Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw. Also this spring, having embarked in the fall on the first complete Beethoven quartet cycles of their career at SUNY Buffalo and the University of Connecticut, they complete the last few concerts of those respective cycles, as well as performing another at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival. Rounding out the quartet’s spring season are three performances at the Savannah Music Festival, a continuation of their residency at Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music, concerts on both coasts of the U.S., including a People’s Symphony Concert in New York’s Town Hall with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, and more.

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Dover Quartet’s winter includes NYC Peoples’ Symphony concert (Dec 10), Kennedy Center, & Avi Avital tour

Earlier this fall, the Dover Quartet made its recording debut with Tribute: Dover Quartet Plays Mozart on the Cedille label. Named “CD of the Week” by Classical Radio Boston, the album scored five-star reviews from Audiophile Audition and Fanfare’s Jerry Dubins, who heralded it as “music-making not of the highest order but of the next order,” and concluded: “How blessed we are to be living in a golden age of string playing. The Dover Quartet now takes that to the next level, platinum.” One of the works featured on Tribute is Mozart’s Quartet in B-flat, K. 589, of which – alongside quartets by Beethoven and Britten – the Dovers offer New York City audiences a live rendition this Saturday, December 10, in their role as the first Ensemble-in-Residence in the 116-year history of the Peoples’ Symphony Concerts. Winter also sees the unstoppable string quartet return to New York, to celebrate Mozart’s birthday with WQXR in a special live event and webcast from The Greene Space (Jan 27); embark on a U.S. tour with mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital (Dec 6; Feb 7, 11-19); and give recitals in Philadelphia (Jan 11 & 29), at Northwestern University (Jan 15), and at Washington’s Kennedy Center (Jan 9), where, as the Washington Post recognized, the Cleveland Quartet Award-winning group’s debut was “a triumph” that showed “why they should be on [music lovers’] must-hear list.”

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Award-Winning Dover Quartet Releases Debut CD, Plays Music from All-Mozart Album at NYC’s SubCulture on Nov 2

The Dover Quartet – the group the New Yorker calls “the young American quartet of the moment” – makes its recording debut Friday, Oct 14 with the release of Tribute: Dover Quartet Plays Mozart on the Cedille label. The album pays homage to the Guarneri Quartet, with the same program as that ensemble’s own first recording, and Guarneri violist Michael Tree joins the Dovers for a Mozart quintet on the new disc.  At NYC’s SubCulture on November 2, the group performs the two quartets from the CD and engages in an onstage conversation with Guarneri violinist Arnold Steinhardt. The Dovers will be signing copies of the new CD after the performance. The event is part of an especially busy season for the Dovers in NYC that includes performances in December and May for the Peoples’ Symphony Concerts, marking a continuation of their three-and-a-half year appointment as the first Ensemble-in-Residence in the 116-year history of that organization.

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Dover Quartet Makes Recording Debut with All-Mozart Album, Tours with Edgar Meyer and Avi Avital, Gives First Complete Beethoven Cycle, and More This Season

Fresh from a banner season, the Dover Quartet juggernaut gathers steam in 2016-17, with several notable firsts ahead for the group the New Yorker calls “the young American quartet of the moment.” After making its recording debut this fall with the release of an all-Mozart album on the Cedille label, the quartet embarks on a pair of North American tours, first in company with double-bassist Edgar Meyer and then with mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital; makes debuts in eleven cities across Germany, Austria, and Switzerland; performs at Washington’s Kennedy Center and in New YorkChicagoPhiladelphiaSeattle, and two dozen more U.S. cities; and launches the second leg of its three-year residencies at Northwestern University and the Peoples’ Symphony Concerts in New York. Over the course of the season, the Dovers also undertake the first complete Beethoven quartet cycles of their career, at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the University of Connecticut, and SUNY Buffalo, where they follow in the footsteps of the Budapest, Guarneri and Cleveland Quartets by performing the master composer’s complete quartet output in the university’s famous “Slee Cycle” series.

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Dover Quartet Crowns Banner Season with Full Summer of Festivals, in Countdown to Fall Album Debut

To crown a banner season highlighted by the group’s Carnegie Hall debut and Cleveland Quartet Award win, the Dover Quartet looks forward to an intensive summer on the U.S. festival circuit. Besides making debuts at the Toronto Summer Music Festival and Madeline Island Music Camp, where they coach young chamber musicians alongside the Arianna and Pacifica Quartets, the Dovers return to Bravo! Vail, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Ottawa ChamberfestMt. Desert Festival of Chamber Music, and Chamber Music Northwest, where, during a weeklong residency, they join clarinet virtuoso David Shifrin for the world premiere of a new quintet by Richard Danielpour. For the Mark di Suvero Commemorative Concert at Montana’s Tippet Rise Art Center, they play Schubert’s transcendent String Quintet in C for their first collaboration with Trailblazer Award-winning cellist Matt Haimovitz. And, on a summer lineup that also includes Beethoven’s complete Razumovsky Quartets and works by composers ranging from Haydn and Mozart to Smetana, Dohnányi, Shostakovich, and Britten, they continue to champion a recent commission by David Ludwig, named one of NPR’s “Top 100 Composers Under 40.” Click here to see the Dover Quartet play Shostakovich.

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The Dover Quartet’s Camden Shaw discusses their upcoming Carnegie Hall debut

“For a musician, performing at Carnegie hall is every bit as exciting – and daunting – as one would imagine. We’ve been fortunate enough in the past few years to perform in some incredible venues all over the world, and yet there’s still an aura around Carnegie that is truly unique; as we move toward the performance, we feel an anticipation that combines immense pride and gratitude with the sobering sense of responsibility: not only to do our best, but to show who we are.”

The Quartet’s program is designed not only to be compelling and musically coherent, but also to showcase something of the genre’s expressive capabilities and their own interpretative range. As Shaw puts it,

“We put considerable thought into constructing a program that is not only varied and stimulating for the audience, but philosophically representative of what our group stands for; therefore, each of the three pieces we will perform represents a facet of our group. The Dvorák ‘American’ represents our passion for romantic, lush music; the Berg, our aim to be fearless (it was the very first piece we learned together, despite its difficulty); and the Beethoven – ah, the Beethoven. Beethoven’s impact on music, and on quartet writing, is nothing short of earth-shattering, but also exemplifies two ideas that we hold dear: the relentless pursuit of artistic development, and a perfect balance between the emotional and intellectual components of music-making. 

         “It is the latter concept that ties the program together even more completely, for not only are each of these pieces individually significant, they are all in the same key: the Dvorák, the Beethoven, and the longest stretch of clear tonality in the Berg are all in F major. Additionally, the balance between emotion and thought is reflected in the works themselves, ranging from the emotionally driven Dvorák to the intellectually remarkable Berg, and ending with the uniquely balanced palette of Beethoven.”

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Dover Quartet Makes Carnegie Hall Debut on April 8

Recognized as “the young American string quartet of the moment” (New Yorker), The Dover Quartet recently added the Hunt Family Award – one of the inaugural Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards – to a string of honors that already includes the Cleveland Quartet Award, a sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, and top prizes at the Fischoff and Wigmore Hall International competitions. Now the group returns to New York for another major career milestone, making its Carnegie Hall debut on April 8 with a thoughtfully curated program that pairs the first of Beethoven’s three Razumovsky quartets with Berg’s sole quartet and Dvorák’s “American,” in Weill Recital Hall. As Strad magazine observes, “With their exceptional interpretative maturity, tonal refinement, and taut ensemble,” the Dovers are “pulling away from their peers.” Click here to see the Dover Quartet play the first movement of Dvorák’s “American” Quartet. Read the complete news release Here