Ying Quartet


First 3 Week Session

Quartet-in-residence, Eastman School of Music

Since its founding in the 1990’s, the Ying Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical quality, performing in many of the world’s most important concert halls, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera. The foursome has also performed in settings as diverse as the workplace, schools, juvenile prisons, and the White House.

The Ying Quartet’s ongoing LifeMusic commissioning project, undertaken to expand the string quartet repertoire, has included commissions of Michael Torke, Paquito D’Rivera, Paul Moravec, Lowell Liebermann, Bernard Rands, Pierre Jalbert, and Sebastian Currier, among others. The Yings’ most recent recording of commissions is “The United States” and features works by Ned Rorem, Jennifer Higdon, Chen Yi, and Augusta Read Thomas. Commissions for the 2008-2009 season include Peter Knell and Sebastian Currier, as well as Lowell Liebermann’s String Quartet No. 3, “To the Victims of War.”

The Ying Quartet’s collaboration with the Turtle Island Quartet, “Four + 4,” won a Grammy Award in 2005. Their 2007 Telarc release of the three Tchaikovsky Quartets and the Souvenir de Florence (with James Dunham and Paul Katz) was also nominated for a Grammy.

Quartet-in-residence at the Eastman School of Music, the Ying Quartet’s summer activity is primarily centered at music festivals. Past festival appearances have included Bowdoin, Aspen, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Caramoor, San Miguel de Allende, Kneisel Hall, Norfolk, and many others.