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Tue Apr 15 14:00We're looking forward to performing Haydn, Tan Dun, and Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" in Augusta, GA for the...
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Tue Apr 15 01:16Spent part of our rehearsal this afternoon reviving Tan Dun's "Eight Colors" for our concert this Friday in...
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Thu Mar 06 02:45Saturday night! Our last home concert of the season at IUSB, March 8 at 7:30pm. Schubert "Rosamunde" quartet,...
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Sat Mar 01 22:30Cause for concern for all string players...
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Tue Feb 25 03:17Join us this summer at Rocky Ridge Music Center's Young Artist Seminar for ages 15-24! Apply by March 15.
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Fri Feb 21 23:29Time to start reviving some old favorites for our concert in Sioux Center, IA on March 1... Ives, Antonín Dvořák,...
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The Euclid Quartet is one of the most well-regarded chamber ensembles of its generation, known for performances filled with passion, virtuosity, and sensitivity. Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, the ensemble takes its name from Euclid Avenue at the cultural heart of Cleveland.

The members are a multinational mix representing four continents of the world: violinist Jameson Cooper (UK), violinist Jacob Murphy (US), violist Luis Enrique Vargas (Venezuela), and cellist Si-Yan Darren Li (China). They were the first American string quartet to be awarded a top prize at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, following wins at the Hugo Kauder International Competition for String Quartets, the Carmel Chamber Music Competition, and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition.

Among the group’s appearances on tour have been Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Aspen Music Festival, and the National Gallery. This award-winning quartet holds the prestigious residency at Indiana University South Bend, and was awarded an American Masterpieces grant from the NEA for its innovative educational programming.

Find out more about the quartet on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
“A knockout performance”Los Angeles Times
"An elegant mix of passion, ferocity and feathery delicacy"Stephen BrookesWashington Post
"The performances are sweeping and detailed, with all of the fierce intensity the music suggests ... the Euclid has triumphed ... Performances of rare commitment and passion."Gramophone
"Rarely has a group found such meaning and vision"American Record Guide
"The Euclid Quartet has demonstrated that it is pure gold in these spectacular performances."allmusic.com
"Their concert performance at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall had wonderful intensity, insight and communicative strength."Ara GuzelimianSenior Director & Artistic Advisor, Carnegie Hall
"The Euclids played their hearts out for the full house attending their concert at the Flagler Museum ... This foursome reminded me not just of the Emerson but the Tokyo String Quartet, and it might be that they deserve to rank in that august company. The Grieg quartet, in any case, received a brilliant reading, and was met by a well-deserved standing ovation. We were, after all, in the presence of great artistry."Palm Beach Arts Paper
"The quartet played through the Adagio with pathos and the Allegretto with restless vigor, arriving at the end with a gleeful certainty."South Bend Tribune
"The Euclid Quartet has a refined warm, rich tone, precise ensemble, and spot-on intonation. They play with great expression, and the subtle use of gestures [is] always included at the perfect moment and with impeccable good taste."MusicWebInternational.comreview of their début CD, named "CD of the Month"
"The impressiveness of the Euclid Quartet extended to all the styles it performed on Saturday night, when it made its Pittsburgh début ... [Their] emotional and timbral richness ... brought to mind the old-world approach of the Guarneri Quartet ... The Euclid performance was devoted, expert and exhilarating."Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"Remarkable assurance and sophistication ... virtuosic command of sonority."BerkshireFineArts.com
"Groups selected for this prestigious series [Williamstown Chamber Concerts] uniformly represent the best of the current crop of touring ensembles. The Euclid is no exception ... passion and deep insight ... they'll make their mark as a major ensemble in years to come; they're that good."The Advocate Weekly (Berkshires region)
"The Euclid Quartet performed with romantic élan and a beautiful, lush tone that sounded orchestral at times."Palm Beach Daily News
"The Euclid Quartet rises above mere technical excellence, and performs with openness and joy. They are an energetic group with great focus and personal drive; their performances are impassioned, musical and communicative."James Dunhamformer violist of the Cleveland Quartet
“Fervent involvement in the scores.”Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal Star
"Debussy likewise must be executed well, as many Friends patrons nearly have the war horse memorized. The Euclid's sparkling energy was evident in the opening section, and the ensemble kept the energy through the ravishing third movement, into the fast-moving finale."John CutlerJournal Star
“Groups selected for this prestigious series [Williamstown Chamber Concerts] uniformly represent the best of the current crop of touring ensembles. The Euclid is no exception...passion and deep insight...they’ll make their mark as a major ensemble in years to come; they’re that good.”The Advocate Weekly
"The Euclid Quartet played the work [Mozart K. 589] with elegance and grace fit for a king."W. Gerald CochranClassical Voice of North Carolina
“The Euclid Quartet played the phrases fearlessly, with great surges of energy.”Stephen RodgersChamber Music Magazine

Past Performances

Thursday, December 5, 2013
Euclid Quartet Students
IUSB Art Gallery
South Bend, IN
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Indiana University South Bend
Campus Auditorium
South Bend, IN
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Morningside College
Sioux City, Iowa
Eppley Auditorium
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Community Chamber Concerts
First Presbyterian Church
Bryan, TX
Monday, April 15, 2013
Glema Mahr Center for the Arts
Madisonville Community College
Madisonville, KY
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Chamber Music Society of Central Kentucky
Singletary Center for the Arts, University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Palm Beach
Palm Beach, FL
Saturday, March 9, 2013
IU South Bend
Campus Auditorium
South Bend, IN
with guest performer on traditional Japanese Koto
Saturday, March 9, 2013
IU South Bend
Campus Auditorium
South Bend, IN
with guest performer on traditional Japanese Koto
Sunday, March 3, 2013
South Bend Chamber Singers
South Bend Christian Reformed Church
South Bend, IN
February 11-13, 2013
Music Guild
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, November 18, 2012
IU South Bend
Campus Auditorium
South Bend, IN
"Vienna"
November 9-11, 2012
St. Louis "Chamber Blitz"
Webster Community Music School
St. Louis, MO
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Encore Performing Arts
Encore Performing Arts
Plymouth, IN
Dinner and Music Series (6pm dinner, 7:45pm concert)
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Notre Dame University
Leighton Concert Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
Notre Dame, IN
with Karen Buranskis, cello, and Tricia Park, viola
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Indiana University South Bend
Campus Auditorium
South Bend, IN
"Firsts"
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Indiana University South Bend
Campus Auditorium
South Bend, IN
with guest violinist Gregory Fulkerson
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Athenaeum
Joan & Irwin Jacobs Music Room
La Jolla, CA
click here for more info
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Tri-County Concert Association
First United Methodist Church
Yuba City, CA
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Saint Martin's Abbey
Lacey, WA
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Chamber Music Society of Louisville
Comstock Hall, Univ. of Louisville
Louisville, KY
with carpe diem string quartet
Saturday, March 3, 2012
University of Minnesota - Morris
Edson Auditorium
Morris, MN
Saturday, March 3, 2012
South Bend Chamber Singers
South Bend, IN
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Indiana University South Bend
Campus Auditorium
South Bend, IN
Feburary 9-12, 2012
Chamber Music Weekend
Webster Community Music School
St. Louis, MO
Sunday, February 5, 2012
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Flagler Museum
Palm Beach, FL
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Coffee County Arts Alliance
St. John's Catholic Church
Enterprise, AL
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Indiana University South Bend
Campus Auditorium
South Bend, IN
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
Chicago, IL
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Music in the Loft
Chicago, IL
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Music in the Loft
Chicago, IL

General Inquiries and Booking

contact@euclidquartet.com
872.228.5590

Members

Jameson Cooper
Jacob Murphy
Luis Vargas
Si-yan Darren Li

Residency

Indiana University South Bend
Raclin School of the Arts
Northside Hall 101
1700 Mishawaka Avenue
PO Box 7111
South Bend, IN 46634
574-520-4134
http://www.iusb.edu

Béla Bartók
String Quartet No. 3
Coda: Allegro molto
Euclid Quartet
from Bartok: String Quartets 1, 3 & 5
AMAZONiTUNES LISTEN
Béla Bartók
String Quartet No. 5
IV. Andante
Euclid Quartet
from Bartok: String Quartets 1, 3 & 5
AMAZONiTUNES LISTEN
Béla Bartók
String Quartet No. 4
V. Allegro molto
Euclid Quartet
from Bartok: String Quartets 2, 4 & 6
AMAZONiTUNES LISTEN
Béla Bartók
String Quartet No. 6
IV. Mesto
Euclid Quartet
from Bartok: String Quartets 2, 4 & 6
AMAZONiTUNES LISTEN
Hugo Kauder
String Quartet, No. 1
II. Sehr langsam
Euclid Quartet
from Hugo Kauder: String Quartets Nos. 1-4
AMAZONLISTEN
Hugo Kauder
String Quartet, No. 3
II. Langsam - Schnell
Euclid Quartet
from Hugo Kauder: String Quartets Nos. 1-4
AMAZONLISTEN
Felix Mendelssohn
Quartet in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1
IV. Presto con brio
Euclid Quartet
from Demo
2007
LISTEN
Bohuslav Martinu
Concerto for String Quartet & Orchestra: I. Allegro vivo
I. Allegro vivo
Euclid Quartet
2009
LISTEN
Matthew Hindson
Quartet No. 1 "Industrial Night Music"
Part one
Euclid Quartet
from Demo
LISTEN


Publicity Photos






Photo Album

Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 18 No.1 in F MajorIV. Allegro
Dvorak: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96 "American"IV. Vivace ma non troppo
Bartok String Quartets Nos. 1, 3, & 5Euclid Quartet performing and talking about String Quartets Nos. 1, 3, & 5 by Bela Bartok (CD available on Artek Recordings)
Bartok: String Quartet No. 1I. Lento
Bartok: String Quartet No. 1II. Allegretto

2013-2014 Repertoire



American Faces


Chamber music that starts at home


Wynton Marsalis
"At the Octoroon Balls" (selections TBD)
Charles IvesString Quartet No. 1
Antonin Dvorak"American" Quartet in F Major, Op. 96

Beloved


Adoration, yearning, and passion

George GershwinLullaby
Béla BartókString Quartet No. 1, Op. 7
Carlo Gesualdo“O vos omnes”
Felix MendelssohnString Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13

Neglected


...undeservedly so

Franz Joseph HaydnQuartet in d minor, Op. 103 [unfinished]
Hugo KauderString Quartet No. 1
Carl NielsenString Quartet in g minor, Op. 13

Educational Activities


The Euclid Quartet brings a vibrant sense of humor and electric energy to a broad range of educational activities for virtually any age group. These seasoned teaching artists have performed for thousands and thousands of students and young adults, in part through support from the National Endowment for the Arts and collaborations with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association. Whatever the setting, the members enjoy working with presenters and communities to arrange in-school performances, masterclasses, or a host of other educational activities.

Teachers and administrators consistently praise their in-school performances with great enthusiasm:

"In 30 years of teaching, this is the best assembly I've ever seen!"

[school teacher, Mishawaka, Indiana]

"Their well thought-out, well planned, well executed performance was amazing!!! I still cannot get over how each level of student took away from that performance what related to them."

[music teacher, Storm Lake, Iowa]

The Quartet offers a broad range of educational activities covering students at all levels of age and experience: from “informances” for young students who haven't held an instrument yet, to detailed workshops about building and refining advanced techniques, and everywhere in between. Contact us for a complete list of activities.

FEATURED PROJECT


SYMPHONIES OF STRING INSTRUMENTS


We’re excited to offer this unique experience for young string players! "Symphonies of String Instruments", commissioned by the Euclid Quartet from composer James Leatherbarrow, is a chance for student string orchestras to perform along-side the Quartet. This incredibly engaging and highly accessible work is written for string quartet plus a modular combination of one, two, or three different levels of student orchestra. Three inner movements are designed to feature each of the three different orchestras one at a time with the Quartet, while the outer movements bring all the forces together.



JAMESON COOPER, originally from Sheffield, England, began playing the violin at age 6. At 13 he joined the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and later became concertmaster of the National Youth Chamber Orchestra. He studied at The Royal Northern College of Music, where he earned a Graduate of Music Degree with Honors and a Professional Performance Diploma. Mr. Cooper first came to the U.S. as a participant in the Aspen Music Festival. Since then, he has studied with Dorothy DeLay, Masao Kawasaki, and Roland and Almita Vamos. He earned Masters Degrees in Violin and Conducting from Kent State University, where he later served as Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at the University's Hugh A. Glauser School of Music. Recipient of numerous prizes, he has performed as soloist with orchestra, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and Europe. In the 2001-02 season, Jameson played in the Audubon Quartet in its Beethoven Quartet cycle series.

In addition to his recordings with the Euclid Quartet, Mr. Cooper has recorded a disc of new music for violin, to be released this season. Jameson has given masterclasses at many colleges and universities, including Oberlin College Conservatory, Virginia Tech and Skidmore College, and is a former faculty member of the Lyceum Music School of Oldham, England and Morningside College.

Violinist JACOB MURPHY is a founding member of the Euclid Quartet. With the quartet he has appeared at concerts halls and music festivals across the country, including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, and the Aspen Music Festival. He has also collaborated with internationally renowned artists such as Joseph Silverstein, Alexander Toradze, Paul Katz, James Dunham, Warren Jones, and Gregory Fulkerson.

He began his violin studies outside Minneapolis at the age of 6 through an innovative school music program. After moving to Fresno, California, he soon earned acclaim as soloist with the Kings Symphony Orchestra and the Fresno Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also a recipient of the Fresno Arts Council Horizon Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts. Mr. Murphy continued his studies at the Eastman School of Music and Kent State University. His principal teachers included Charles Castleman, Gregory Fulkerson, Camilla Wicks, and Claudia Shiuh. He is also a proud alumnus of Charles Castleman’s Quartet Program.

Mr. Murphy is currently on the faculty of Indiana University South Bend, where he teaches violin and chamber music. Commercial recordings featuring his playing are available on Centaur Records and Artek Recordings. But he has also been involved on the other side of the microphone, using his knowledge of audio technology to record, edit, and master numerous recordings for the Euclid Quartet. He performs on a 2011 violin made by Greg Alf.

Violist LUIS ENRIQUE VARGAS is a member of the Euclid Quartet since 2001 and teaches viola and chamber music at Indiana University South Bend where he was appointed Lecturer in 2007. Born in Venezuela and brought up in a family of musicians he was first introduced to the music world at age 14 when he became a member of the internationally renowned "El Sistema" of the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra program. With them he quickly established a good reputation for his talent and dedication for the viola as a performer and an educator.

During his formative years he studied at the Vicente Emilio Sojo and the Simon Bolivar Conservatories of Music in Venezuela. He holds a Master's Degree in Music Performance from Miami University of Ohio and a Performer's Certificate from Northern Illinois University. Throughout his career, Mr. Vargas has studied with many internationally known musicians. Among them are Jose Manuel Roman, Richard Young, Gerard Causee, Li-Kuo Chang, James Dunham, Michael Tree, Earl Carlyss, and the Penderecki, Vermeer and Emerson string quartets.

He has served as an adjudicator for nationally and internationally recognized chamber music competitions such as the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the annual chamber music competition of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). He also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Hugo Kauder Society and an advisor for their International Music Competition.

Between 1995 and 1999 he toured in Venezuela and in Luxembourg, Germany, Colombia, Mexico, Canada and the United States as member of the Cuarteto America. With the orchestras of "El Sistema," he performed in multiple tours to Brazil, Curaçao, Spain and France over the span of 9 years. With the Simon Bolivar Orchestra he recorded "Latino-American Lollipops" a compilation of Latino-American masterpieces under Dorian Label.

SI-YAN DARREN LI made his professional debut at the age of nine. Since then, he has appeared in recitals and chamber music performances at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Kennedy Center, Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, Izumi Hall in Osaka, National Concert Hall in Taipei and the Basilica de San Lorenzo in Florence.

Mr. Li has received top prizes in numerous competitions, including the Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Musicians in Moscow, the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York and the Young Artists Competition of Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. He has also appeared in many renowned music festivals, including the Ravinia Festival, the Kronberg Academy Cello Festival, and the Verbier Festival. As an active chamber musician, Mr. Li has collaborated with esteemed artists, such as Emanuel Ax, Alexander Toradze, Cho-Liang Lin, Miriam Fried, Paul Katz, Carter Brey and Lang Lang.

Mr. Li began his cello studies at the age of five in China. At the age of nine, he was accepted to the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music. After moving to the United States in his early teens, Mr. Li continued his cello studies with Orlando Cole in Philadelphia. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from The Juilliard School, and a Master of Music Degree as well as an Artist Diploma from the Peabody Institute. His principal teachers include Fred Sherry, Harvey Shapiro, Alan Stepansky and David Hardy. In 2009, Mr. Li joined the award-winning Euclid Quartet and became a cello faculty at Indiana University in South Bend. Mr. Li plays on a 1773 J.B.Guadagnini Cello, generously on loan from the private collection of Mr. and Mrs. Rin Kei-Mei.


“A knockout performance”Los Angeles Times
"An elegant mix of passion, ferocity and feathery delicacy"Stephen BrookesWashington Post
"The performances are sweeping and detailed, with all of the fierce intensity the music suggests ... the Euclid has triumphed ... Performances of rare commitment and passion."Gramophone
"Rarely has a group found such meaning and vision"American Record Guide
"The Euclid Quartet has demonstrated that it is pure gold in these spectacular performances."allmusic.com
"Their concert performance at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall had wonderful intensity, insight and communicative strength."Ara GuzelimianSenior Director & Artistic Advisor, Carnegie Hall
"The Euclids played their hearts out for the full house attending their concert at the Flagler Museum ... This foursome reminded me not just of the Emerson but the Tokyo String Quartet, and it might be that they deserve to rank in that august company. The Grieg quartet, in any case, received a brilliant reading, and was met by a well-deserved standing ovation. We were, after all, in the presence of great artistry."Palm Beach Arts Paper
"The quartet played through the Adagio with pathos and the Allegretto with restless vigor, arriving at the end with a gleeful certainty."South Bend Tribune
"The Euclid Quartet has a refined warm, rich tone, precise ensemble, and spot-on intonation. They play with great expression, and the subtle use of gestures [is] always included at the perfect moment and with impeccable good taste."MusicWebInternational.comreview of their début CD, named "CD of the Month"
"The impressiveness of the Euclid Quartet extended to all the styles it performed on Saturday night, when it made its Pittsburgh début ... [Their] emotional and timbral richness ... brought to mind the old-world approach of the Guarneri Quartet ... The Euclid performance was devoted, expert and exhilarating."Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"Remarkable assurance and sophistication ... virtuosic command of sonority."BerkshireFineArts.com
"Groups selected for this prestigious series [Williamstown Chamber Concerts] uniformly represent the best of the current crop of touring ensembles. The Euclid is no exception ... passion and deep insight ... they'll make their mark as a major ensemble in years to come; they're that good."The Advocate Weekly (Berkshires region)
"The Euclid Quartet performed with romantic élan and a beautiful, lush tone that sounded orchestral at times."Palm Beach Daily News
"The Euclid Quartet rises above mere technical excellence, and performs with openness and joy. They are an energetic group with great focus and personal drive; their performances are impassioned, musical and communicative."James Dunhamformer violist of the Cleveland Quartet
“Fervent involvement in the scores.”Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal Star
"Debussy likewise must be executed well, as many Friends patrons nearly have the war horse memorized. The Euclid's sparkling energy was evident in the opening section, and the ensemble kept the energy through the ravishing third movement, into the fast-moving finale."John CutlerJournal Star
“Groups selected for this prestigious series [Williamstown Chamber Concerts] uniformly represent the best of the current crop of touring ensembles. The Euclid is no exception...passion and deep insight...they’ll make their mark as a major ensemble in years to come; they’re that good.”The Advocate Weekly
"The Euclid Quartet played the work [Mozart K. 589] with elegance and grace fit for a king."W. Gerald CochranClassical Voice of North Carolina
“The Euclid Quartet played the phrases fearlessly, with great surges of energy.”Stephen RodgersChamber Music Magazine