Artaria is widely recognized for their illuminating performances and an inclusive educational expertise. First recipients of a nine-month Rural Residency Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1992, the Quartet has been awarded multi-year educational grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, Midori's Partners in Performance, and the Heartland Fund for their innovative educational programs. They possess an exceptional ability to offer captivating performances to all audiences throughout Minnesota.
Members of the Artaria String Quartet are founders and directors of the Artaria Chamber Music School in Saint Paul, and the Stringwood Chamber Music Festival in Lanesboro, MN. They also present the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, an annual national event that showcases America’s finest high school and collegiate string quartets in the country.
Firmly rooted in the great traditions of chamber music, the Artaria String Quartet is a staunch advocate of contemporary music, premiering a wide array of new works and numerous commissions. Artaria supports and celebrates students, audiences, and composers of all diversity, and through their programming contributes toward social justice...to confront one's role in perpetuating injustice, to facilitate the healing of past wounds, and to open opportunities inclusive for all to thrive today and always.
Members of the quartet are Ray Shows, Nancy Oliveros, Annalee Wolf, and Patty Ryan.
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