ST. PAUL – August 15, 2016
The Artaria String Quartet (ASQ) will present a double series of captivating chamber music concerts in Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University and the Chapel at Wayzata Community Church that celebrate the ASQ’s 30th anniversary season.

The ASQ was formed in Boston in the 1986-87 concert season under the mentorship of Eugene Lehner, violist of the legendary Kolisch Quartet. The name “Artaria” originates from the Viennese firm Artaria & Comp. one of the most important music publishing houses of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Its meaning also applies to the company of friends and colleagues that surround the Artaria String Quartet. 

2016-17 programs feature past violists and cellists of the ASQ, plus a long-time piano collaborator, as guest artists of founding violinists Ray Shows and Nancy Oliveros, and present day members Annalee Wolf, violist, and Rebecca Merblum, cellist. Collaborative works include the romantic and melancholy  G-major String Sextet by Johannes Brahms, Antonin Dvorak’s glorious Piano Quintet, Peter Tchaikovsky’s tuneful and vigorous Souvenir de Florence, and Schoenberg’s transcendent Verklärte Nacht.  


MPR Broadcast

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Artaria has released a CD of Music by Haydn and Dvorak.





Program I - “Inaugural Program”

Music by Haydn and Brahms
Haydn: Quartet in B-flat major "Sunrise"
Brahms: String Sextet in G major

September 18, 2016
3pm -
Wayzata Community Church
($20 suggested donation)

6pm - Sundin Music Hall

*Season Tickets = $68

*Individual Tickets = $20

Program II - “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Music by Dvorak & Janacek
Janáček: Quartet No.1 “Kreutzer Sonata”
Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A major, op.81

Nov.20, 2016 @ Sundin Music Hall 6pm

Nov.27, 2016 @ Wayzata Community Church 3pm

Program III - “Russian Souvenirs”

Music by Beethoven & Tchaikovsky 

Beethoven: Quartet in E minor, Op.59/2
Tchaikovsky: String Sextet
"Souvenir de Florence"
February 19, 2017
3pm - Wayzata Community Church 3pm.

6pm - Sundin Music Hall

Program IV - “Transfiguration”

Music by Schubert and Schoenberg

Schubert: Quartet in D minor
"Death & the Maiden"
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht

May 7, 2017
3pm -
Wayzata Community Church

7pm - Sundin Music Hall




ST. PAUL, MN – August 01, 2016
The Artaria String Quartet is delighted to welcome its newest member, cellist Rebecca Merblum. In Los Angeles since 2010, Ms. Merblum has cultivated a voice within its diversified landscape, performing with the Salastina Chamber Music Series, Sundays at LACMA, the Green Umbrella Series (Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Classical Encounters. Additional collaborations were with LA Phil members Michele Zukovsky, Martin Chalifour, Ronald Leonard, and Andrew Schulman of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, as well as Panic Group, an ensemble dedicated to the presentation of new music. A dedicated teacher, she served as the Chair of the String Department at the Pasadena Conservatory where she was a member of the cello and chamber music faculties. Her students have gained recognition in numerous competitions and festivals including the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition and the Piatigorsky International Festival. Ms. Merblum succeeds Laura Sewell who joined the Quartet in 2007 and who has stepped down to pursue other artistic projects.  


The Artaria Chamber Music School is auditioning youngplayers for its exciting coaching program.



ACMS 2016-17 Calendar

The ACMS calendar which includes all important performance and masterclass events for the year is now up and running.


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Artaria's latest Cd - music by Haydn & Dvorak


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The Artaria String Quartet has been learning, playing, teaching, and living in the chamber music world since 1986. We are passionate about string quartets and all the important thoughts and ideas that composers have imbedded in these 4-part scores. Click this link to find out more about us!

"What a stunning performance, quieting me to appreciation for such music and such glorious talent" - Note sent from audience member
“The precision of execution was striking. It gave the excellent Artaria String Quartet a chance to do some beautifully keen, precise, self-possessed playing. Artaria's Bartok Fifth was sure, eager, and understanding.” — Richard Buell, Boston Globe
“Nationally acclaimed, Artaria performed with exquisite refinement. Their technical skills cannot be overstated.” — Carol Winfield, Newport Express
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