THE CRAMER QUARTET
Jessica Park and Chiara Fasani Stauffer, violins; 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 newly 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 works both old and new, inviting audiences to listen with fresh ears.
Founded in 2017, The Cramer Quartet is based in New York City, and their work is supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Chamber Music America, and Avaloch Farm Music Institute. Recent highlights include performing rarely heard works by Joseph Bologne, Hyacinth Jadin, and Caroline Shaw on a set of 18th-Century musical instruments from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in an immersive site-specific interdisciplinary event called “Art In Tune”.
In April 2022 the Cramer Quartet will launch Haydn: Dialogues, a flagship multi-season cycle presenting Haydn’s 68 string quartets alongside sixteen new commissions by composers of marginalized identities. 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. Members of the quartet identify as women or gender nonconforming/androgynous, people of color, and/or LGBTQ+ and thus bring their own history of navigating classical music’s exclusionary practices to their cultural equity work. The Haydn: Dialogues project works to repair the exclusion of non-(cis)male, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC composers from the string quartet canon via meaningful investment in commissioning grants and performance opportunities.