Avalon String Quartet
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A stunning young string quartet offers new works by Americans.

Described by the Chicago Tribune as "an ensemble that invites you--ears, mind, and spirit--into its music," the Avalon String Quartet has established itself as one of the country's leading ensembles. Formed in 1995 at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Quartet came to the fore after participating in Isaac Stern's Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall in 1997. As a result, Mr. Stern invited the Avalon Quartet to perform in the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Encounters in Jerusalem and presented the ensemble's Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall. The quartet captured the top prize at the ARD Competition in Munich (2000) as well as the First Prize at Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York (1999). The quartet is in residence at Northern Illinois University. Their recording on Channel Classics won the Chamber Music America/WQXR Record Award in 2002.
Hayes Biggs, composer
O Sapientia/Steal Away
Avalon String Quartet

Ethan Wickman, composer
Avalon String Quartet

Stephen Gryc, composer
String Quartet
Avalon String Quartet

David Macbride, composer
A Muse
Avalon String Quartet

"There are so many fine young string quartets these days that the Avalon may have not yet come to your attention. It should. They play the Biggs piece with passion and precision, sensitively varied colors, and impeccable pacing." ("Secret Geometry" - Blog of James Primosch)

"Four worthwhile works...all deserving of a place in the repertoire. The impressive Avalon String Quartet does them a huge service." (Phillip Scott - Fanfare)
"If there is any question as to whether newly composed music played by one of the premier quartets of our time can be fun, inspiring, whimsical, melodic, and user-friendly, this CD should put all qualms to rest. Yes, folks, there is music being written and performed that doesn't need a light show or sexy dancers to be fascinating." (David Wolman, Fanfare)
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