This String Quartet Was Founded Next to a Taco Truck – Now It’s Headed to Juilliard

In September 2017, violinists Jason Issokson and Clara Kim, violist Dana Kelley, and cellist Joann Whang move to New York to begin a graduate residency at the Juilliard School. The four musicians play together as the Argus Quartet, which formed in one of the most unlikely of places: next to a taco truck.

Chiara String Quartet Plays Complete Bartók Quartets Completely By Heart

The Chiara String Quartet has dedicated itself to finding ways of making the musical experience exciting and engaging. In a recent project, the quartet recorded all of Béla Bartók’s quartets from memory and performed the complete cycle over two nights on September 7 and 8 at the 2016 Ravinia Festival. I spoke with three members of the quartet — Hyeyung Julie Yoon (violin), …

Kontras Quartet Brings Together Classical and Folk Traditions Live at the Pregnant Buffalo Lounge

Continuing its Cabaret series, WFMT brought together diverse artists in the Pregnant Buffalo Lounge, a subterranean space at the Chopin Theatre, on Monday, April 17, 2017. WFMT announcer Robbie Ellis hosted the performance and broadcast before a live audience that featured two Chicago-based ensembles, the band Big Sadie and the Kontras Quartet. The string quartet gets its name from the …