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CCM's String Quartet-in-Residence Wins Prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award

The Ariel Quartet claims the biennial honor, which recognizes and promotes rising string quartets.

Date: 10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Curt Whitacre
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Photos By: The Enquirer/ Liz Dufour

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The Ariel Quartet rehearses in CCM's Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.
The Ariel Quartet rehearses in CCM's Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.

The Ariel Quartet, string quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), has added another major award to its already impressive list of honors. The Quartet will receive the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, a biennial honor that recognizes and promotes rising string quartets.

The award will be presented at Chamber Music America’s National Conference in January. “We are delighted that the Ariel Quartet has been recognized for its impressive artistic achievements and pleased that the Cleveland Quartet Award will have a role in developing this young ensemble’s future career,” says Margaret M. Lioi, Chamber Music America’s chief executive officer.

The creation of a lasting legacy for young musicians was envisioned by the Cleveland Quartet in 1995, as a culmination of its remarkable 26-year history. The quartet joined forces with Chamber Music America (CMA) and eight prominent chamber music presenters to found the Cleveland Quartet Award and to raise funds for the establishment of the Cleveland Quartet Endowment Fund. The first recipient was the Brentano String Quartet, and subsequent recipients were the Borromeo, Miami, Pacifica, Miró, Jupiter, Parker and Jasper quartets. Learn more about this award by visiting Chamber Music America’s website.

About the Ariel Quartet
Characterized by its youth, brilliant playing and soulful interpretations, the Ariel Quartet (Alexandra Kazovsky and Gershon Gerchikov, violinists; Jan Grüning, violist; and Amit Even-Tov, cellist) has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. Previously the resident ensemble in the New England Conservatory's prestigious Professional String Quartet Training Program, the Quartet recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Winners of the Fischoff Grand Prize, they first started playing together as youths in Israel and have been performing around the world since.

The Ariel Quartet wowed audiences throughout its inaugural concert season at CCM in 2012-13, leading Music In Cincinnati’s Mary Ellyn Hutton to observe, “There is a connectedness in their playing that extends beyond mere rhythmic and metrical precision into conceptual unity” and the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Janelle Gelfand to conclude, “They are establishing a new era that could rival that of the LaSalle.”

The Ariel Quartet will present a complete tour of Beethoven’s String Quartets during CCM’s 2013-14 performance season. The Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle will be presented in a series of six concerts, beginning in January of 2014. Learn more about this concert series at

About Chamber Music America
Chamber Music America, the national network for chamber music professionals, was founded in 1977 to develop and strengthen an evolving chamber music community. With a membership of more than 6,000, including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artists’ managers, educators, music businesses and advocates of ensemble music, CMA welcomes and represents a wide range of musical styles and traditions. In addition to its awards and grant programs, CMA provides its members with consulting services, access to health and instrument insurance, conferences, seminars and several publications, including Chamber Music magazine. Learn more at