THE CRAMER QUARTET
Jessica Park, violin
Chiara Fasani Stauffer, violin
Keats Dieffenbach, viola
Shirley Hunt, cello
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With period instruments and an invigorating historically informed approach, the Cramer Quartet brings uncommon warmth, transparency, and texture to Classical and early Romantic repertoire as well as commissioned works that explore and expand the sound world of gut strings. The quartet’s stylish, nuanced interpretations and visionary approach to programming stimulate dialogue around old and new works, inviting audiences to listen with fresh ears. Based in New York City, members of the Cramer Quartet are persons of color, women, gender non-conforming/non-binary and LGBTQ individuals committed to centering the voices of underrepresented and marginalized communities.
2019/20 season highlights include performances at the Society of Historically Informed Performance in Boston and at Ambler Musicivic, an organization committed to delivering social and cultural vitality through art music. Next season the quartet presents a three-part Beethoven celebration, performing all six Op. 18 Quartets alongside Beethoven’s own rarely heard quartet arrangement of his Op. 14 Piano Sonata. Also in 2020/21 the Cramer Quartet launches Haydn: Dialogues, an ambitious multi-year cycle combining Haydn’s 68 string quartets with sixteen new commissions by composers belonging to groups historically underrepresented in the classical music field. With this highly anticipated project, the quartet marries its passion for historical performance with a commitment to rebalancing the string quartet canon and advancing cultural equity in classical music.
The Cramer Quartet is a recipient of an Ensemble Forward grant from Chamber Music America and has been awarded multiple residencies at Avaloch Farm Music Institute. The quartet takes its name from Wilhelm Cramer, a brilliant violinist who enjoyed a multifaceted career as London’s first major string quartet leader. Cramer is credited with popularizing a late 18th century violin bow which became the inspiration for the style of bows favored by the Cramer Quartet.