Formed in 2012 and based in New York City, the Aizuri Quartet is the 2017–18 string quartet in residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Previously the quartet has held residencies at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute, and the Curtis Institute of Music. Throughout its Curtis residency, the group appeared in Curtis on Tour performances in Bremen, Dresden, Paris, and Salzburg; throughout Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico; and in U.S. venues including Aspen, Boston, La Jolla, and New York. The quartet was also featured throughout the Curtis-Coursera online course, The World of the String Quartet.
Highlights of the Aizuri Quartet’s recent and upcoming seasons include a multi-city tour of Japan and debut recitals at the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, Princeton University, and major chamber music series in Philadelphia, Toronto, and Honolulu. The quartet has commissioned and premiered works by Lembit Beecher, Rene Orth, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Caroline Shaw, Gabriella Smith, Alyssa Weinberg, and Paul Wiancko. Its collaborative partners have included pianists Jonathan Biss and Ignat Solzhenitsyn, clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, Eighth Blackbird, poet Denice Frohman, and singer-songwriter Andrew Lipke. The Aizuri Quartet draws its name from “aizuri-e,” a style of predominantly blue Japanese woodblock printing that is noted for its vibrancy and incredible detail.