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Jerusalem Quartet 

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena, CA

“Passion, precision, warmth, a gold blend: these are the trademarks of this excellent Israeli string quartet.”  Such was the New York Times’ impression of the Jerusalem Quartet. Since the ensemble’s founding in 1993, the musicians have embarked on a journey of growth and maturation. This experience has resulted in a wide repertoire and stunning depth of expression, … Continue reading Jerusalem Quartet 

Dover Quartet

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena, CA

Named one of the greatest string quartets of the last 100 years by BBC Music Magazine, the Dover Quartet’s name pays tribute to Dover Beach by fellow Curtis alumnus Samuel Barber. The group’s awards include a stunning sweep of all prizes at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition and the grand and first prizes at … Continue reading Dover Quartet

Pražák Quartet

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena, CA

The “new” Pražák Quartet is the evolution of the Pražák Quartet, which has performed throughout the world for nearly 50 years. Jana Vonášková joined the Pražák Quartet as first violinist in 2015, bringing a new generation into the group. Upon the retirement of Vlastimil Holek and Michal Kanka in 2021, the pillar of the quartet, … Continue reading Pražák Quartet

Wu Han, Philip Setzer, and David Finckel

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena, CA

Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han are the music directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; violinist Philip Setzer is a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, as was David Finckel. “Their ensemble is seamless,” said the Washington Post. In addition to performing and recording, these artists are also educators, innovators, and … Continue reading Wu Han, Philip Setzer, and David Finckel

Academy of St Martin in the Fields Wind Ensemble

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena, CA

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras, known for its fresh, brilliant interpretations. The wind ensemble is a specially created group composed of principal players of the orchestra. Pianist and conductor Simon Crawford-Phillips joins these artists to make music that the Washington Post called “luminous, often … Continue reading Academy of St Martin in the Fields Wind Ensemble

Calidore String Quartet

Caltech's Beckman Auditorium 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena, CA

Praised by the New York Times for its “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible instinct,” the Calidore String Quartet won grand prizes in virtually every U.S. chamber music competition (including Coleman) within two years of its founding at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. The Quartet has performed in major venues around the world, and … Continue reading Calidore String Quartet