PU Summer Chamber Concerts Presents the Ariel String Quartet

On Tuesday, July 7, Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts welcomes the Ariel String Quartet at 7:30 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, on the Princeton University campus. The concert will include string quartets by Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Beethoven.

The Ariel Quartet was formed in Israel sixteen years ago when its members were less than thirteen years old. In 2003, four years into its existence, when no member of the ensemble had yet reached seventeen, the Ariel won first prize at the international competition “Franz Schubert And The Music Of Modernity” in Graz, Austria. Last season, before all the members of the quartet turned thirty, they performed the Beethoven string quartet cycle twice.

Playing complete works by memory, the ensemble has been heard in North America, South America, Europe, and Israel. It remains committed to performing extensively in Israel.

Recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the Quartet serves as the faculty quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the chamber music program and perform their own annual series of concerts. They have been the resident ensemble at Boston’s New England Conservatory Professional String Quartet Training Program. In addition, the Ariel has been the quartet-in-residence for the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, the oldest music festival in North America; at the Yellow Barn Music Festival in Putney, Vermont; and for the Perlman Music Program, which has a presence in several locations.

The concert is free to the public. Tickets, “first come, first served,” will be available as of 6 p.m. on the night of the concert at Richardson Auditorium Box Office. Doors to the auditorium will open at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit www.princetonsummerchamberconcerts.org.