Jasper String Quartet
Winner of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award, Philadelphia's Jasper String Quartet is the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University's Center for Gifted Young Musicians. Formed at Oberlin Conservatory, “The Jaspers” have been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and "powerful" (The New York Times). They have performed throughout the United States and in Canada, England, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, and Panama.
2018-19 season highlights include performances at the American Music Festival, Chamber Music Wilmington, the Marquee Great Hall Series at University of Illinois’s Krannert Center, Chamber Music Raleigh, Chamber Music Society of Utica, Ulster Chamber Music Series, the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, the Emory & Henry College Concert Series, and at Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem.
Their 2017-18 season included performances for String Quartet Society of Tuscaloosa, Market Square Concerts, San Jose Chamber Music Society, Boise Chamber Music Series, Brigham Young University, and Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, among many others. They made their Toronto debut with Mooredale Concerts, and their Wigmore Hall debut performing Aaron Jay Kernis’ 3rd String Quartet, "River.” They have performed in recital twice at Carnegie’s Weill Hall.
Residencies have included the Melba and Orville Roleffson Residency at the Banff Centre and Ensemble-in-Residence at Oberlin Conservatory. Their competition successes include the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the Grand Prize at the Coleman Competition, and First Prize at Chamber Music Yellow Springs. They were also the first ensemble honored with Yale School of Music’s Horatio Parker Memorial Prize, an award established in 1945 and selected by the faculty for “best fulfilling… lofty musical ideals." The quartet records exclusively for Sono Luminus and have released Beethoven Op. 131; The Kernis Project: Schubert; The Kernis Project: Beethoven; and 2017’s Unbound, exclusively featuring contemporary composers.