2004 Second prize: The Jupiter Quartet

Photo of Jupiter Quartet performing

The Jupiter Quartet playing at the Hugo Kauder Competition. Photo by Harold Shapiro.

This biography was compiled in 2004. For current information, please visit www.jupiterquartet.com.

Formed in Cleveland in 2001, the Boston-based Jupiter Quartet has performed across the United States and abroad. Their interpretations have received warm reviews at a number of respected chamber music series, including the Tri-County Emerging Artists Concerts, Honest Brook Music Festival, Caramoor Festival, and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. They have played in some of the world’s most spectacular chamber music halls, such as London’s Wigmore Hall and Boston’s Jordan Hall. Upcoming engagements include a recital at Weill Hall in New York and an appearance at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C.

In 2003, the Jupiter Quartet received Second Prize at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Next year, they will enter the New England Conservatory as the school’s fellowship quartet. In past summers, the quartet has participated in the Aspen Music Festival and the Yellow Barn Music Festival.

The Jupiter Quartet has had the good fortune to work closely with some of the most inspiring minds of the chamber music world, including Shmuel Ashkenazi, Timothy Eddy, Earl Carlyss, James Dunham, Paul Katz, Martha Katz, Joel Krosnick, Robert Mann, Lucy Stoltzman, and Donald Weilerstein. In particular, their work with Henry Meyer, former violinist of the renowned LaSalle Quartet, led to an invitation to perform on a series of concerts in Frankfurt, Weikersheim, and Aub, Germany.

The Jupiter Quartet has a strong commitment to community outreach and the development of future classical music audiences. They have performed in children’s concerts throughout the Boston area and in Vermont during the summertime.

The quartet’s members hold degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory, Yale University, and the New England Conservatory. All have devoted their lives to chamber music from an early age. Violinist Meg Freivogel and her sister, Liz, have played quartets together since they were in elementary school, along with their two brothers. Before forming the Jupiter Quartet, all members attended numerous chamber music festivals, including the Taos School of Music, the Banff Centre, Isaac Stern’s Seminar at Carnegie Hall, the Yellow Barn Festival, and the Quartet Program. Their love of chamber music continues, on a professional level, with their devotion to the Jupiter Quartet.