Ilya Itin and the Jasper String Quartet


Piano Quartet in G minor, K.478
  1. Allegro
  2. Andante
  3. Rondo
Piano Quartet in G minor, K.478
  1. Allegro
  2. Andante
  3. Rondo
Quartet No. 2 "Primera luz" ("Primordial Light")
  1. Memoria de la luz
  2. Monólogo
  3. Cuatro Preguntas
  4. Diálogo extático
  5. Trágico
  6. Epílogo
Lera Auerbach
Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81
  1. Allegro, ma non tanto
  2. Dumka, Andante con moto
  3. Scherzo furiante: Molto vivace
  4. Finale: Allegro


J Freivogel, violin
Sae Chonabayashi, violin
Sam Quintal, viola
Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello

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 Cmanber 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 adeals."  And in 2010, they joined the roster of Astral Artists after winning their national auditions.

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

The Jasper Quartet has also brought more than 100 outreach programs into schools.  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 withJames 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.

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