Chiara String Quartet

Chiara String Quartet


Chamber music in ANY chamber... The Chiara Quartet has forged a new path for the string quartet medium. In concert halls and in intimate clubs, they embrace a "no-holds-barred" approach (The Strad). Praised for a range that encompasses "glowing warmth to hard-edged acerbity" (The New York Times)



Playing "Chamber Music in Any Chamber," the *Chiara String Quartet *(Rebecca Fischer, Julie Yoon violin; Jonah Sirota, viola; Gregory Beaver, cello) reaches from the concert hall into clubs, bars and galleries, expanding the places to hear live classical music while returning chamber music to its roots in intimate spaces. Described by the “Seattle Post-Intelligencer” as "vastly talented, vastly resourceful, and vastly committed to the music of their time," the Chiara is also continually finding new meaning within pieces from the well-established quartet canon. Their style is best described as a nonstop journey to the edge of expressive possibility: "luminous," "searing," (“New York Times”) "soulful," "biting," and possessing a "potent collective force" (“Strings Magazine”).

The Chiara Quartet was recently named the Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University, a post they begin in the fall of 2008, in addition to their ongoing artist residency at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Recently awarded with the Guarneri Quartet Residency Award for artistic excellence by Chamber Music America, the Quartet’s other honors include a top prize at the Paolo Borciani International Competition, winning the Astral Artistic Services National Audition, and winning First Prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.

In addition to performing in concert halls such as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, and Harris Hall in Aspen, Colorado, the Chiara devotes much of its performance season to reaching new audiences through concerts in non-classical venues. The Quartet has performed at Caffe Vivaldi in New York's West Village, Kansas City’s The Brick, Houston’s Mucky Duck, and Chicago’s The Hideout, among many others.

Internationally, the Chiara Quartet has performed at the American Academy in Rome, and recently completed a critically-acclaimed eight-city tour of Sweden with clarinetist Håkan Rosengren. In May 2009 they will make their debut in Munich, performing “Different Trains “by Steve Reich at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität as part of “Crosscurrents: American and European Music in Interaction, 1900-2000.” Other highlights of the current season include four concerts in Boston and Cambridge as part of their Harvard residency, including a performance of music banned in the former U.S.S.R. with soprano Lucy Shelton; several concerts at Columbia University’s Miller Theater in New York, performing Mozart’s Six “Haydn” String Quartets; and concerts in Chicago, Houston, and St. Paul.

Recent collaborators of the Chiara Quartet include Joel Krosnick, Roger Tapping, Todd Palmer, Simone Dinnerstein, Norman Fischer, and Paul Katz, as well as members of the Orion, Ying, Cavani, and Pacifica Quartets. The ensemble has premiered works by Gabriela Lena Frank, Jefferson Friedman, Michael Wittgraf, Randall Snyder, and Nico Muhly, among others.

The Chiara discography includes the Mozart and Brahms clarinet quintets with Håkan Rosengren for SMS Classical, and the world premiere recordings of Robert Sirota's “Triptych” and Gabriela Lena Frank's “Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout” for the Quartet’s own New Voice Singles label. In 2007 the Chiara recorded Jefferson Friedman’s Second and Third Quartets, and they are currently at work recording the complete string quartets of Brahms for SMS Classical.

The Chiara Quartet has been artists-in-residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 2005. In the summer, they are in residence at Greenwood Music Camp, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Chamber Music Institute, and the Red River Chamber Music Festival, a summer study and performance festival founded by the Chiara Quartet in Grand Forks, North

The Chiara trained and taught at The Juilliard School, mentoring for two years with the Juilliard Quartet, as recipients of the Lisa Arnhold Quartet Residency from 2003-2005.

“Chiara” (key-ARE-uh) is an Italian word, meaning "clear, pure, or light." More information about the Chiara Quartet can be found online at and on MySpace at



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Chiara String Quartet
Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout
by Gabriela Lena Frank
New Voice Singles -- CNVS 002

Quintets for Clarinet and Strings
Chiara String Quartet and H�kan Rosengren
Mozart and Brahms Quintets
Round Top Records

Chiara String Quartet
by Robert Sirota
New Voice Singles -- CNVS 001

Set List


PROJECTS 2008�2009

Themed Programs

Mestizaje: Harmony of Differences

This program features works by composers immersed in more than one culture, who,
through their blending of western classical and folk or religious traditions, transcend
boundaries to create unique and personal musical languages.

� Gabriela Lena Frank, Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout
� Zhou Long, Song of the Ch'in
� Osvaldo Golijov, Yiddishbbuk
� B�la B�rtok, String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor

NO HOLDS BARRED! Chamber music in ANY chamber...
In club settings or in concert halls, the Chiara Quartet presents an alternate type of
programming using a "set list." A single set is made up of individual movements from
classical and contemporary pieces. When two sets are programmed, the seco