Stradivarius String Quartet
Welcome to the home page of the Dallas/Fort Worth based Stradivarius String Quartet. The string quartet is an established tradition that first appeared during the 18th century and remains for many the pinnacle of all classical music. A highly refined art form, quartet playing requires consummate technical skill and dedication. String quartet players must be inordinately precise and disciplined. In order to be able to communicate their music effectively, quartet members must spend time refining playing styles and developing a uniform musical language.
"Long experience has established the string quartet as the most perfect, concise, and self-contained combination in all music."
"The Musical Companion" edited by A. L. Bacharach
The string quartet repertoire is massive, ranging from music written in the 17th century to modern day classics such as Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera" and the Beatles "Eleanor Rigby." The string quartet's inherent flexibility and unified sound has been exploited by composers such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Debussy, and Bartok as a vehicle for some of the most beautiful and heart-wrenching music ever written.
The most perfect expression of human behavior is a string quartet."
Jeffrey Tate, British Conductor The New Yorker (April 30, 1990)
The dulcet and refined timbres of the string quartet, considered by renowned composers to be the highest form of musical expression, combined with the Stradivarius String Quartet's tonal richness, stylistic elegance, warmth and polish, will add a classic elegance to your special event.
Established in 1990 by Victor Koszman (violinist) and Sondra Jones (violinist), the Stradivarius String Quartet is a vibrant classical ensemble dedicated to providing the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex with the best variety and quality in string quartet music.
Members of the Stradivarius String Quartet know each other from schools, summer music festivals, and most play in the Dallas Opera Orchestra. We enjoy a special chemistry as both musicians and friends. Our obvious enthusiasm for making music together, combined with our vitality and professionalism, is the key to ensuring that our clients and their guests derive the maximum enjoyment from our performances.
Due to our great love of chamber music, we maintain a strong desire to share its wonders with our listeners, a characteristic that our clients can both see and feel in the quality of our music making and in the obvious joy we take in the act of connection. With insightful performances and intellectual rigor, our ensemble approaches both classical and contemporary repertoire with equal mastery and enthusiasm.
Drawn from the country's best music programs, our individual members have between them a wealth of experience within the classical music field. All members of the Stradivarius String Quartet are highly skilled, fully qualified professional musicians who hold either a Bachelor or Master degree in music performance and are dedicated to providing you with a completely satisfying musical experience for any occasion.
The Stradivarius String Quartet specializes in creating the perfect musical scenery for social events by integrating cherished traditions with unique musical selections. Some of the functions for which we play include weddings, receptions, banquets, corporate functions, formal dinners, private parties, conferences, conventions, and product launches. No event is too small or too large.
We are delighted to offer personal service to all of our clients. Every occasion is unique, and we enjoy the challenge of suiting the music and ambience to the individual client and location. We feel that the client is an integral part of the process, and through infinite attention to detail, we strive to ensure that our clients are completely delighted.
The Stradivarius String Quartet takes its name from the famed violinmaker, Antonio Stradivari. Born in Cremona, Italy in 1644, Stradivari experimented with the design of string instruments and, assisted by his two sons, perfected the Cremona type of violin. His interpretation of geometry and design for the violin has served as a conceptual model for violinmakers for more than 300 years. Of the approximately 1100 instruments that Stradivari made, about 650 still exist.
Antonio Stradivari's name represents the highest quality of craftmanship, artistry, and skill of violin making. This is the standard that we apply to our own performances and offer to our clients in quality and level of service.