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Jasper String Quartet: Bio

Winner of the 2012 Cleveland Quartet Award, the Jasper String Quartet has been hailed as "sonically delightful and expressively compelling" (The Strad) and as "powerful" (The New York Times). They play "with sparkling vitality and great verve, ...polished, engaged, and in tune with one another." (Classical Voice of North Carolina) Based in New Haven, Connecticut, the quartet holds ensemble-in-residence positions at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Classic Chamber Concerts
in Naples, Florida.

After winning the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the 2008 Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the Jaspers went on to win the Grand Prize at the 2008 Coleman Competition, First Prize at Chamber Music Yellow Springs 2008, and the Silver Medal at the 2008 and 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions. They were the first ensemble to win the Yale School of Music's Horatio Parker Memorial Prize (2009), an award established in 1945 and selected by the faculty for "best fulfilling... lofty musical ideals." In 2010 the quartet joined the roster of Astral Artists after winning that organization's national auditions.

The Jaspers perform pieces emotionally significant to its members ranging from Haydn and Beethoven through Berg, Ligeti, and living composers. They have already commissioned four string quartets from todays up-and-coming composers and critics and audiences continue to commend the Jasper Quartet's "programming savvy" (clevelandclassical.com). They have performed throughout the United States and in Canada, England, Italy, Japan,
Korea, and Norway.

The Jasper Quartet has also brought well-over 100 outreach programs into schools and enjoys educational work of all types. In their Melba and Orville Roleffson Residency at the Banff Centre they embarked on "guerilla chamber music," performing concerts in unusual settings around Alberta, Canada. More recently, the quartet has worked closely with Caramoor and with Astral Artists to bring outreach activities to schools. They recently completed their two-year Ernst C. Stiefel Quartet Residency at the Caramoor Center for the Music and the Arts.

Originally formed at Oberlin Conservatory, the Jasper 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.

They are named after Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada and J and Rachel are married. Barrett Vantage Artists represents the quartet throughout the world and Astral Artists represents the quartet
in Pennsylvania.

Jasper String Quartet

The Kernis Project: Schubert

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Track Listing

1 Schubert: String Quartet in Dm, D.810 - Allegro  
2 Schubert: String Quartet in Dm, D.810 - Andante  
3 Schubert: String Quartet in Dm, D.810 - Scherzo  
4 Schubert: String Quartet in Dm, D.810 - Presto  
5 Kernis: String Quartet #1 - Flowing  
6 Kernis: String Quartet #1 - Adagio  
7 Kernis: String Quartet #1 - Scherzo  
8 Kernis: String Quartet #1 - Allegro  

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