Hailed as one of today’s most exciting and dynamic string quartets, the Corigliano Quartet has won the acclaim of audiences and critics across the USA. The New York Times called them “musicians who seem to say, ‘Listen to this!’” and described them as having “an excellent, smooth sense of ensemble, but with each part vigorously alive.” The Strad praised them for their “abundant commitment and mastery.” The quartet’s recent CD release of string quartet works by John Corigliano and Jefferson Friedman was named as one of the New Yorker’s Top Ten Classical Recordings of 2009. The CD, available on the Naxos label, prompted Gramophone to remark, “The unbridled force and full-metal virtuosity that the Corigliano Quartet unleash on this music is astounding.”
The Corigliano Quartet is dedicated to the presentation of new American music. The group’s dedication and passion for new works has made them one of the most sought after interpreters of contemporary music today. For their efforts in bringing contemporary music to a wider audience, the quartet was presented with the ASCAP/CMA Award For Adventurous Programming.
Founded in 1996, the Corigliano Quartet rapidly climbed the ranks of the chamber music world. One year after its formation, the group drew the attention of Isaac Stern, who invited them to the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall. The next year, the Corigliano won the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition and followed that up by winning both First Prize and Grand Prize at the 1999 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
The group has performed in many of the nation’s leading music centers, including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress. Recent performances have taken the Corigliano to Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC. They have also made appearances in Italy, Mexico, and Korea, where they gave the Korean premiere of Corigliano’s Farewell Quartet. They have been heard in numerous radio broadcasts, including NPR’s All Things Considered and Performance Today, and WFMT-Chicago’s Live From Studio One.
The Corigliano Quartet has held residencies at the Juilliard School, where they served as the teaching assistants to the Juilliard String Quartet; Indiana University, where they served on the faculty as Visiting Lecturers; Dickinson College, and the New York Youth Orchestra Chamber Music Program. Under the mentorship of Atar Arad, the group formed while its members were students at Indiana.
The Corigliano has recorded for Naxos, CRI, Albany, New Focus, Aguava New Music and Bayer Records.