Jasper String Quartet Jasper String Quartet

J Freivogel

Jasper String Quartet

Sae Chonabayashi

Jasper String Quartet

Sam Quintal

Jasper String Quartet

Rachel Henderson Freivogel





Jasper String Quartet

  • $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • J Freivogel, violin
  • Sae Chonabayashi, violin
  • Sam Quintal, viola
  • Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello

Event Details

Winner of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award, Philadelphia's Jasper String Quartet is the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University's Center for Gifted Young Musicians. Tonight they return to KCH with both new and classic works from the string quartet repertoire, including Schubert's "Death and the Maiden".

The Jaspers have been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and "powerful" - New York Times
"The Jaspers... match their sounds perfectly, as if each swelling chord were coming out of a single, impossibly well-tuned organ, instead of four distinct instruments." - New Haven Advocate

In 2008, the Jaspers swept through the competition circuit, winning the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the Grand Prize at the Coleman Competition, First Prize at Chamber Music Yellow Springs, and the Silver Medal at the 2008 and 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions. They were also the first ensemble honored with Yale School of Music’s Horatio Parker Memorial Prize, an award established in 1945 and selected by the faculty for “best fulfilling… lofty musical ideals." In 2010, they joined the roster of Astral Artists after winning their national auditions. 

This performance is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

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The Quartet was the 2010-12 Ensemble-in-Residence at Oberlin Conservatory and, in conjunction with Astral Artists, was awarded a 2012 Chamber Music America grant through its Residency Partnership Program for work in Philadelphia schools. From 2009-2011, the Jaspers were the Ernst C. Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts (Katonah, NY). They were the first ensemble to be invited for a second year as such.

The Jaspers perform pieces emotionally significant to its members ranging from Haydn and Beethoven through Berg, Ligeti, and living composers. They have commissioned string quartets from some of today’s best composers, including Aaron Jay Kernis, Andrew Norman, Nicholas Omiccioli, Conrad Tao and Annie Gosfield. Critics and audiences commend the Jasper String Quartet’s “programming savvy” (clevelandclassical.com) and they have performed throughout the United States and in Canada, England, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway and Panama.

The Jasper String Quartet has brought well over 200 outreach programs into schools and enjoys educational work of all types. In their Melba and Orville Roleffson Residency at the Banff Centre they embarked on "guerrilla chamber music," performing concerts in unusual settings around Alberta, Canada. Currently, the quartet works closely with Philadelphia’s Astral Artists to bring outreach activities to schools.

For more information, please visit www.jasperquartet.com or www.facebook.com/jasperstringquartet.

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Quartet in A Major, Op. 18 No. 5 - Beethoven

'Valencia' (2012) - Caroline Shaw

Excerpts from the middle of something (from Law of Mosaics) (2013) - Ted Hearne

Quartet in D minor, D. 810 'Death and the Maiden' - Schubert

J Freivogel

J Freivogel is the founding and current first violinist of the Jasper String Quartet. Born into a musical family, J started playing violin when he was 2 and string quartets with his siblings when he was 6. He grew up in Kirkwood, MO. J attended Oberlin College and Conservatory for Bachelor’s degrees in Violin Performance and Politics and, during his time there, won the Kauffman Chamber Music prize three times, the Presser Music Award, the Hurlbutt prize for most outstanding violinist, and the concerto competition. He received his Master’s in String Quartet Performance from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and an Artist’s Diploma at the Yale School of Music. His principal teachers include Marilyn McDonald, Sylvia Rosenberg, and Cho-Liang Lin for violin and James Dunham, Norman Fischer and the Tokyo String Quartet for chamber music. J is also a core member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO).

J is married to cellist Rachel Henderson Freivogel and they live in Philadelphia, PA with their children, Leon and Evy.

Sae Chonabayashi

Sae Chonabayashi is the second violinist of the Jasper String Quartet. She was born in Ibaragi, Japan and began playing violin at age three. Sae attended the prestigious Toho Gakuen School of Music in Japan from the age of fifteen, where she completed her studies with Koichiro Harada, a founding member of the Tokyo String Quartet. In 2001, Sae came to the United States to study with Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music. As a full scholarship student, she continued her studies with Mr. Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory, where she received undergraduate and graduate diplomas. She won third prize in the 2006 Swedish Duo International Competition.

She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, Shun, and her son, Hideki

Sam Quintal

Sam Quintal, founding violist of the Jasper String Quartet, was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska in a small log cabin with wood heat and no running water. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Oberlin Conservatory studying with Marilyn McDonald, his Master’s degree in String Quartet from Rice University studying viola with James Dunham, and his Artist's Diploma from Yale School of Music studying with the Tokyo String Quartet. In addition to many prestigious performances and collaborations with his quartet, he has individually performed with exceptional chamber musicians such as the Tokyo String Quartet, Paul Neubauer and Andrés Díaz. When not playing viola, he loves cooking, cross-country skiing, biking and and building things in his basement workshop.

He lives in Philadelphia, PA with his wife, Anna, and daughter, Lena.

Rachel Henderson Freivogel

Rachel Henderson Freivogel is the founding cellist of the Jasper String Quartet She began her studies with her mother in her hometown of Ann Arbor, MI at the age of four and completed her undergraduate studies in cello performance at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she also received a Master’s Degree in historical performance. She received a Master’s Degree in String Quartet from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and an Artist's Diploma in String Quartet from Yale School of Music. Her principal teachers include Norman Fischer, Clive Greensmith and Catharina Meints.

Rachel is married to violinist, J Freivogel, and lives in Philadelphia, PA with her children, Leon and Evy.