This Picture Seems to Move | Dmitri Tymoczko
la catedral de cristal | Orlando Jacinto Garcia
Tapestry | Elliott Schwartz
…approaching a prayer | Jacob Sudol
Musica Mundi | Benjamin Yusupov
Lyric Montage | Yoonji Lee
Lauded for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, the Amernet String Quartet has garnered worldwide praise and recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets. Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University since 2004, the group was formed in 1991, while its founding members were students at the Juilliard School. Amernet rose to international attention after their first season, winning the Gold Medal at the Tokyo International Music Competition in 1992. In 1995, the group was the First Prize winner of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition.
Their busy performance schedule has taken the group across the United States, as well as to Japan, Korea, Canada, Belgium, France, Germany, Romania, Switzerland, and Mexico. They have collaborated with numerous artists and ensembles including the Tokyo, Amernet String QuartetSt. Lawrence, and Ying string quartets as well as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Andres Diaz, Roberto Diaz, Miriam Fried, Yehuda Hanani, Gary Hoffman, Toby Hoffman, Ida Kavafian, Paul Katz, Anton Kuerti, Ruth Laredo, Seymour Lipkin, Anthony McGill, Rainer Moog, Shauna Rolston, Nathaniel Rosen, Barry Snyder, Eric Shumsky, James Tocco, Dame Gillian Weir, Kyung Wha-Chung, and Zvi Zeitlin.
The Amernet has always been committed to the music of our time and has commissioned works from many of today’s leading composers, working closely with composers including Anthony Brandt, John Corigliano, Stephen Dankner, David Epstein, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Gerhard Samuel, and Morton Subotnick. Additionally, the group has made many recordings, among which are the Concerto for Clarinet, Oboe, String Quartet and Bass by John Harbison with Sara Lambert Bloom and Charles Neidich as soloists; The Butterflies began to Sing, a work for string quartet, bass, MIDI keyboard and computer, by Morton Subotnick; an album of quartets by the American composer Stephen Dankner; and a pairing of the Debussy String Quartet and the Chausson Concerto for Piano, Violin and String Quartet, with James Tocco and Yehonatan Berick. The Amernet also actively advocates for neglected works of the past and aims to enliven the concert experience through its innovative programming.