Chiara String Quartet
In a spirit of tremendous gratitude and love, the Chiara String Quartet has made the decision to end full-time work together in September of 2018, following a rich and diverse 18-year performance career. Their appearance as faculty guest performers at the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music will happen during their farewell season of 2017-2018.
Together, quartet members Rebecca Fischer, Hyeyung Yoon, Jonah Sirota, and Gregory Beaver pioneered new ways to engage audiences in the 21st century, including their Chamber Music in Any Chamber performances in bars and clubs (which led to a resurgence in alternate-venue chamber music performance), and their commitment to performing from memory, or By Heart.
The Chiara Quartet recorded the complete quartets of Bartok and Brahms for Azica records, recorded the 2nd and 3rd quartets of Jefferson Friedman for New Amsterdam Records, and recorded works by Robert Siorta and Gabriela Lena Frank for their own label, New Voice Singles.
The group held residencies at diverse institutions, including Harvard University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where they served as faculty and Hixson-Lied Artists-in-Residence for 13 years. Highlights of their performance career include cycles of the complete quartets of Bartok performed from memory at Ravinia and at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, Beethoven cycles at Harvard and at the University of Nebraska, and tours of Sweden, South Korea, and China.
Although the members of the group are each planning solo performance and teaching careers moving forward, the group plans to reunite regularly for special projects and performance opportunities.