Finalists: The Hyperion String Quartet

The following biography was compiled in 2004. For more recent information, please visit the quartet's website,

The Hyperion String Quartet is an exciting talent emerging within the field of chamber music. Since their formation in 1999 at the Eastman School of Music, they have received numerous honors and opportunities. They have been selected for the Kilbourn Hall Honors Chamber Music Recital numerous times, and have participated in several music festivals and seminars, including the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar at Lincoln Center, Quartetfest at Wilfrid Laurier University with the Penderecki Quartet, and the Lake Tahoe Summer Chamber Music Academy with the Miró Quartet. In 2002, the quartet was the recipient of the Russell award given at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and in 2004 returned to the Coleman competition and won the Coleman-Barstow Award for Strings. They have also been the young artists-in-residence at the Strings in the Mountains Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

The Quartet has coached with Antonio Lysy, Robert Mann, Christopher Rowland, and Zvi Zeitlin, as well as members of the Cavani, Chester, Colorado, Guarneri, Juilliard and Tokyo string quartets. They have also worked extensively with the Miami, Miró, Penderecki and Ying quartets.

The Quartet is highly dedicated to music education. In addition to their concert performances, they have been artists-in-residence for Young Audiences of Rochester, an organization that promotes education and an appreciation of the arts through performances and presentations for area schools. They have also participated in the New Performing Arts Kentucky Residency, a program that gave them the opportunity to teach chamber music to students of all ages across that state.

The members of the Hyperion String Quartet are currently the graduate assistants to the Miami String Quartet at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.