Guarneri Quartet

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The Guarneri Quartet in 2001. Retiring cellist David Soyer (seated L) passes the bow to incoming cellist Peter Wiley, as John Dalley, Arnold Steinhardt, and Michael Tree (standing L–R) look on.

The Guarneri Quartet was an American string quartet founded in 1964 at the Marlboro Music School and Festival. During the quartet's early years the members were in residence at Harpur College (SUNY Binghamton) in upstate New York.

The Quartet's 40th anniversary was celebrated with an extensive tour in the United States, Europe and South America in the 2003, 2004 and 2005 seasons. The Quartet continues their longstanding residence at the University of Maryland, College Park, where members serve on the faculty of the School of Music and as faculty members at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. The quartet disbanded in 2009.[1]


1st violin

2nd violin



Origins and activities[edit]

The Quartet was brought together partly at the instigation of Alexander Schneider, of the Budapest Quartet, who had begun summer teaching at the Marlboro Music School and Festival in southern Vermont shortly before the Guarneri Quartet was founded. They were named for the luthier Giuseppe Guarneri.


The Guarneri String Quartet has made numerous recordings during its long history, including some of the most important works in the string quartet and chamber music literature. They recorded for Arabesque, RCA Red Seal, Philips, and Surroundedby Entertainment. A partial discography includes:


  • 2005: The Ford Honors Award, University Musical Society of the University of Michigan.
  • 2004: The Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award, Chamber Music America.
  • 1992: Award of Merit, Association of Performing Arts Presenters in New York City.
  • 1983: Honorary Doctorate degrees by the State University of New York.
  • 1982: New York Seal of Recognition.
  • 1976: Honorary Doctorate degrees by the University of South Florida


  • 1989: High Fidelity – The Guarneri String Quartet, directed and produced by Allan Miller.

Related Publications[edit]

  • David Blum (1986). The Art of Quartet Playing: The Guarneri Quartet in Conversation with David Blum, New York: Alfred A. Knopf Inc. ISBN 0-394-53985-0.
  • I. Fink & C. Merriell with the Guarneri String Quartet (1985). String Quartet Playing, New Jersey: Paganiniana Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-86622-007-0
  • Helen Drees Ruttencutter (1980). Quartet: a Profile of the Guarneri Quartet. New York. Lippincott & Crowell Publishers. ISBN 0-690-01944-0
  • Arnold Steinhardt (1998). Indivisible by Four: A String Quartet in Pursuit of Harmony, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 0-374-23670-4.


  1. ^ Guarneri Quartet Calls It Quits. Strings, October 2007. Retrieved 21 March 2014.

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