Currently in its 45th season, the American String Quartet is internationally recognized as one of the world's finest ensembles and has spent decades honing the luxurious sound for which it is famous. The Quartet is well known for its exceptional recordings of quartets by European masters and American composers. The Quartet’s recordings of the complete Mozart string quartets on a matched set of Stradivarius instruments are widely held to set the standard for this repertoire. Critics and colleagues hold the Quartet in high esteem and many of today’s leading artists and composers seek out the ensemble for collaborations. Formed in 1974 when its original members were students at The Juilliard School, the American String Quartet was launched by winning both the Coleman Competition and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in the same year. Since that time, these musicians have continued to delight audiences across the globe with their outstanding performances. Meet the musicians and enjoy refreshments at the post-concert reception.