In a spirit of tremendous gratitude and love, the Chiara String Quartet has made the decision to end full-time work together in September of 2018, following a rich and diverse 18-year performance career.
Together, quartet-members Rebecca Fischer, Hyeyung Yoon, Jonah Sirota, and Gregory Beaver pioneered new ways to engage audiences in the 21st Century, including their Chamber Music in Any Chamber performances in bars and clubs (which led to a resurgence in alternate-venue chamber music performance), and their commitment to performing from memory, or By Heart.
The Chiara Quartet recorded the complete quartets of Bartok and Brahms for Azica records, recorded the 2nd and 3rd quartets of Jefferson Friedman for New Amsterdam Records (a recording which earned the composer a Grammy nomination), and recorded works by Robert Sirota and Gabriela Lena Frank for their own label, New Voice Singles.
The group held residencies at diverse institutions, including Harvard University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where they served as faculty and Hixson-Lied Artists-in-Residence for 13 years. Highlights of their performance career include cycles of the complete quartets of Bartok, performed from memory at Ravinia and at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, Beethoven cycles at Harvard and at U of Nebraska, and tours to Sweden, South Korea, and China.
Although the members of the group are each planning solo performance and teaching careers moving forward, the group plans to reunite regularly for special projects and performance opportunities.
The Quartet is eternally grateful to the University of Nebraska for 13 years of full-time residency support, Christina Jensen and Jensen Artists for 14 years, and both Astral Artistic Services and Chamber Music America for giving them their start. They would also like to thank their many donors, mentors, presenters, and supporters who have helped launch their albums and commissions over the past 18 years. Thank you to all!