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One of its generations most compelling string ensembles, the Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet has risen to the front rank of chamber music performers. Founded at Yale University in 1999, the quartet has been described by Strad magazine as “thrilling,” and praised by the Washington Post for its “glorious sonorities.” The quartet quickly went on to win numerous awards, including top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild competition and the Banff International String Quartet Competition. In the words of Classical Voice, it is “one of the eminent string quartets of our era.”

Posted: Dec-10-2015
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The Ensō String Quartet will welcome celebrated violinist/violist Yura Lee in the 2016-17 season. Ms. Lee is replacing first violinist, and founding member, Maureen Nelson, who has accepted a coveted position with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Posted: Jun-21-2016
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Three of the greatest opera composers from the 19th and early 20th centuries are heard on this recording in their only works for string quartet. Richard Strauss's String Quartet in A major is a youthful work which shows the classical influence of Haydn, while Puccini's Crisantemi, Three Minuets in A Major, is a brief elegy charged with great emotional intensity. Verdi's String Quartet in E minor is his only significant chamber work, written at the age of sixty when he was at the height of his fame. The Enso Quartet's GRAMMY-nominated recording of Ginastera's complete quartets was acclaimed by MusicWeb International for "string quartet playing of jawdropping prowess".

Posted: Sep-9-2014
Latest Acclaim

"Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera established an international reputation with his String Quartet No. 2 (1958), and the Ensō Quartet plays it better than any other quartet in the world. Every slashing rhythm, every excursion off the beaten harmonic track, every unconventional instrumental color (growling, swooning, spectral, whispering, full-blooded chords that stand before your eyes as if carved from wood) — no other quartet comes close. This kind of mastery demands intellectual understanding and spiritual kinship as much as it requires individual and collective virtuosity. Everything was there: dynamite music-making."

— San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted: Jan-28-2017
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Posted: Apr-20-2016