Con Moto on KQED “Our State, Our Stories”

Set your DVRs – the Alexander String Quartet documentary, Con Moto will be broadcast on KQED’s “Our State, Our Stories” program Friday August 18 at 8pm, Saturday August 19 at 2am, and via KQED Plus on Wednesday, August 23rd at 10am. Watch the trailer via YouTube: Advertisements

Britten: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94

In 1973 Benjamin Britten—frail and facing a heart operation— composed his final opera, Death in Venice. Based on Thomas Mann’s 1913 novella, the opera summed up many of the themes of Britten’s artistic career: as the aging novelist Aschenbach embarks on a quest for spiritual redemption in a city assaulted by the plague, he is…

Announcing a Chamber Music Workshop and Retreat

Announcing a Chamber Music Workshop & Retreat With the Alexander String Quartet String Quartet masterpieces of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven September 7-10, 2017 Ratna Ling Retreat Center (Sonoma County, CA) The Apollo Academy for Health and Humanism The Apollo Academy for Health and Humanism has put together a unique weekend: A chamber music intensive (for…

Sixteen Strings

A “Flashback Friday” look at our Sixteen Strings documentary broadcast by WSKG-TV as we get closer to the launch of an all-new ASQ documentary!

Apotheosis — In The Studio

A look in at Fantasy Studios as producer Wieslaw Pogorzelski (on monitor via Skype from Warsaw) and engineer Alberto Hernandez work with Zakarias Grafilo and Sandy Wilson on our upcoming recording, “Apotheosis — Mozart: The Four Final Quartets”:

Strings Sessions Video

The ASQ stopped by the Strings Magazine studio for a performance of Mozart’s String Quartet No. 21 in D major, K.575, Allegretto; and Brahms’ Intermezzo Op. 118, No. 2 (arranged by Zakarias Grafilo):

Boise Chamber Music Series Celebrates 30 Years!

The Boise Chamber Music Society, presenter of the annual Boise Chamber Music Series, announces an engagement with composer Tarik O’Regan to create a work for string quartet that will be premiered in fall 2016 by the Alexander String Quartet of the Bay Area. The BCMS has presented its professional concert series for 30 years. In…

ASQ Sketch by Lucille Weinstat

A fantastic sketch of the ASQ in 2002 by the recently deceased Lucille Weinstat. Many thanks to her daughters for sharing it with us. The concert was most likely from at the Howland Center for the Arts in Beacon, NY.

About The Ellen M. Egger Quartet Instruments

The idea of creating a quartet of stringed instruments, the Ellen M. Egger Quartet, was born from a conversation with Fritz Maytag and is a working memorial to Fritz’s sister Ellen Egger, one of four siblings and and an accomplished musician and teacher. The four instruments are loaned individually to promising students in far-flung places…

Photos From the Morrison Center 60th Anniversary Celebration

A few photos from Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Carolands in Hillsborough during a celebration of the Morrison Center for Chamber Music at San Francisco State University’s 60th Anniversary as well as the 25th Anniversary of the Alexander String Quartet and both San Francisco State University and San Francisco Performances. The ASQ serves in…

An Alexander String Quartet Documentary

Here’s a first look at excerpts from a documentary featuring yours truly which will launch an international festival screening tour in 2016. Dates and venues to be announced soon. The film is an elegant collaboration with the Documentary Film Institute at San Francisco State University and gives a behind the scenes look at chamber music…