Hailed for its “precision, assertiveness and vigor” (The New York Times), its “gripping intensity” and “suspenseful and virtuoso playing” (San Francisco Classical Voice), the Amphion String Quartet is a winner of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. The Quartet recently served as the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-In-Residence at the Caramoor Festival for the 2012-13 season and has recently joined the roster of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center CMS Two program.
This past summer the ASQ had a diverse schedule of performances and festival appearances including Princeton University, New York University, BargeMusic, The Chautauqua Institute, Music Mountain, Cooperstown Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, as well as a world premiere performance of a newly commissioned string quartet by Yevgeniy Sharlat at the Caramoor Center for the Arts.
Featured 2013-2014 season performances include appearances at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Pepperdine University, Chamber Music Northwest, Friends of Music concert series, Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress as well as internationally in Taiwan, among many others. Collaborations include performances with Clarinetist David Shifrin in Wilton, CT and Pianist Gilbert Kalish at Alice Tully Hall.
Recent highlights included the ASQ’s Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall on the CAG series with guest artist David Shifrin, the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, Caramoor Center for the Arts, TCAN Center for the Arts (MA), The National Arts Club, the MET, a tour of Northern California with concerts at UC San Francisco, Eureka Chamber Music Series and Montalvo Center for the Arts and numerous engagements throughout the Tri-State area. Internationally they recently performed in South Korea at the Music Isle Festival in Jeju and at the Seoul Arts Center. In October 2012 they performed two Beethoven quartets live on WQXR as part of the Beethoven String Quartet Marathon. The quartet also recently performed Brahms’ Sextet in G Major with Ani Kavafian and Carter Brey at the Mostly Music Series. In summer 2012, the ASQ made a return visit to the OK Mozart Festival and to Chamber Music Northwest, where the ensemble performed alongside the Tokyo String Quartet, Edgar Meyer, Michala Petri and William Purvis. The Quartet concluded its 2012 summer season with debut performances at La Jolla’s SummerFest, collaborating with such artists as violist James Dunham and harpist Deborah Hoffman.
Violinists Katie Hyun and David Southorn, violist, Wei-Yang Andy Lin, and cellist, Mihai Marica, first joined together for a performance at Sprague Hall at the Yale School of Music in February, 2009. The overwhelmingly positive audience reception at this concert was the inspiration behind their mutual desire to pursue a career as the Amphion String Quartet. Recent honors include the 2012 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant in New York; First Prize at the Hugo Kauder String Quartet Competition in New Haven, CT; and First Prize in the Piano and Strings category as well as the Audience Choice Award at the 2010 Plowman Chamber Music Competition held in Columbia, MO.