Distinguished by its virtuosic playing and impassioned interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has a glowing international reputation. Formed in Israel over twenty years ago, the Quartet was recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. The Ariel serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the rigorous chamber music program.
The group’s 2017-18 season features performances for Shriver Hall, the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, and the New England Conservatory; on major series around the United States; and in Israel and Europe. In 2016-17, the Ariel Quartet performed the complete Beethoven cycle in Berlin, following a performance of the cycle for Napa’s Music in the Vineyards, while 2015-16 featured their debut at Carnegie Hall.
The Ariel has collaborated with the pianist Orion Weiss; violist Roger Tapping; cellist Paul Katz; and the American, Pacifica, and Jerusalem String Quartets, and toured with the cellist Alisa Weilerstein and the legendary pianist Menahem Pressler. The Ariel was quartet-in-residence for the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, and for the Perlman Music Program, and was the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-In-Residence at the Caramoor Festival.
Formerly the resident ensemble in NEC’s Professional String Quartet Training Program, the Ariel has won international prizes including the Cleveland Quartet Award, the Grand Prize at the 2006 Fischoff Competition, and the Székely Prize for their performance of Bartók, as well as the overall Third Prize at Banff.
The Ariel Quartet has been mentored extensively by Itzhak Perlman, Paul Katz, Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, and Martha Strongin Katz, among others, and spent a formative year in Switzerland for in-depth studies with Walter Levin. The Quartet has received significant support for the members’ studies in the United States from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Dov and Rachel Gottesman, and the Legacy Heritage Fund. Most recently, they were awarded a substantial grant from The A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation.