Tokyo String Quartet

Formed 1969.

Biography

The Tokyo String Quartet (東京クヮルテット?) was an international string quartet that operated from 1969 to 2013.

The group formed in 1969 at the Juilliard School of Music. The founding members attended the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, where they studied with Professor Hideo Saito. Soon after its formation the Quartet won First Prizes at the Coleman Competition, the Munich Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. This resulted in a recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon.

The quartet recorded over 30 albums, covering a wide range. They won the Grand Prix du Disque Montreux, "Best Chamber Music Recording of the Year" awards from both Stereo Review and Gramophone magazines, and seven Grammy nominations. They recorded exclusively for RCA Victor Red Seal for many years, and now record for Harmonia Mundi.

During their 25th anniversary international tour in 1994, the quartet performed the complete Beethoven String Quartets.

On television, the quartet appeared on "Sesame Street", "CBS Sunday Morning", PBS's "Great Performances", "National Arts", and a national broadcast from the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

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