The Ariel String Quartet at CCM. Courtesy of The Enquirer/ Liz Dufour.

The Ariel String Quartet at CCM. Courtesy of The Enquirer/ Liz Dufour.

The internationally acclaimed Ariel String Quartet continues its debut season as quartet-in-residence at CCM with a performance at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, in UC’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. Tickets are on sale now.

Winners of the Fischoff Grand Prize, the Ariel Quartet was featured in a recent Cincinnati Enquirer article spotlighting “10 Who Are Advancing the Arts.” The Enquirer’s Janelle Gelfand writes, “The four musicians are turning heads for their fresh approach to chamber music, both in their exhilarating performances and in their teaching style. They are establishing a new era that could rival that of the LaSalle.” You can read the entire Enquirer article online here.

The Ariel Quartet’s Jan. 15 performance is scheduled to include Hugo Wolff’s Italian Serenade, CCM composer Joel Hoffman’s String Quartet No. 3 and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 12 in E-Flat Major, Op. 127.

About the Ariel Quartet
Characterized by its youth, brilliant playing and soulful interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. Previously the resident ensemble in the New England Conservatory’s prestigious Professional String Quartet Training Program, the Quartet recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and was named quartet-in-residence at CCM in early 2012. The ensemble first started playing together as youths in Israel and has been performing around the world since.

Described by the Washington Post as “crank[ing] out virtuosity by the bucketful and passion by the yard,” the Quartet’s inaugural season at CCM will conclude on Tuesday, April 9, with a concert featuring Beethoven’s Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18; Anatolijus Senderovas’ David’s Song for Cello and String Quartet; and Alexander Glazunov’s String Quintet in A Major, Op. 39. The Quartet will be joined by distinguished international guest artist David Geringas, cello, for this special season-ending performance.

Learn more about the Quartet here.

About Joel Hoffman
CCM Professor of Composition Joel Hoffman’s honors include a BMI Award, Bearns Prize, 20 ASCAP Awards, two Juilliard Prizes in Composition, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, American Academy of Arts and Letters, two American Music Center grants, four Meet the Composer grants and four fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council. He was composer-in-residence at the Rockefeller Foundation (Italy), the Camargo Foundation (France), the Hindemith Foundation (Switzerland), the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He studied piano with Mollie Margolies, Martin Jones and Guido Agosti and was a piano soloist with the Chicago Symphony, Belgian Radio Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Costa Rica National Symphony and National Chamber Orchestra.

Hoffman has played solo recitals in England, France and Italy. His compositions have been performed in New York; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; London; Berlin; Paris; Geneva; Venice; Florence; Rome; among other European cities. Festival performances include Ravinia; Caramoor; Chamber Music Northwest; Newport, R.I.; Evian, France: Portogruaro, Italy; and Korsholm, Finland. Notable performers of his work include Chicago Symphony Brass; Cleveland Quartet; Tanglewood Festival Orchestra; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Buffalo Philharmonic; Columbus Symphony Orchestra; Colorado Philharmonic; Collegium Musicum of Geneva, Switzerland; Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra; Florida Orchestra; BBC Orchestra of Wales; Juilliard 20th Century Ensemble; and members of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Shanghai Quartet. Organizations such as the Tanglewood Festival, Fromm Foundation, American Harp Society, WGUC-FM, Hancock Chamber Soloists, eighth blackbird, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Washington Camerata, Four in Correspondence and Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio have commissioned him.

Hoffman’s recordings include Partenze for solo violin by Koch International Recordings and Music for Two Oboes by Centaur Recordings; Tum Balalayke, a CD of Jewish folk music arrangements recorded by EMA Records; and three CDs of chamber works, two on Albany Records and one on Gasparo Records. His principal publishers are RAI Trade (Rome, Italy), E.C. Schirmer and Onibatan Music.

In addition, Hoffman was the adviser for New Music with the Buffalo Philharmonic and composer-in-residence for the National Chamber Orchestra in Washington, D.C. He studied with Easley Blackwood, Alun Hoddinott, Vincent Persichetti, Milton Babbitt and Elliott Carter.

Performance Time
8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15

Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, College-Conservatory of Music
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets are $20 for general audiences, $15 for non-UC students. Limited UC student rush tickets are FREE beginning one hour prior to concert.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For directions to CCM Village, visit

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

The Ariel Quartet’s 2012-13 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of The Corbett Foundation, Dr. & Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. & Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman and Mr. & Mrs. J. David Rosenberg.

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