This concert is dedicated in memory of Howard J. Aibel.
Formed in January 2017 during the Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season, the New York Philharmonic String Quartet comprises four multiple prize-winning principal musicians from the Orchestra: Concertmaster Frank Huang (The Charles E. Culpeper Chair); Principal Associate Concertmaster Sheryl Staples (The Elizabeth G. Beinecke Chair); Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps (The Mr. and Mrs. Frédérick P. Rose Chair); and Carter Brey (The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Chair).
The quartet made its debut in March 2017 as the solo ensemble in John Adams's Absolute Jest and reprised its performance on the Orchestra's EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour. The group also performed during the Philharmonic's annual Bravo! Vail summer residency, in July 2017.
With a repertoire that includes Mendelssohn and Bethoven, the quartet has dazzled classical music lovers during their inaugural year. “The New York Times called the ensemble "marvelous" and The Times called the players "exemplary" in their reviews of the performances of Absolute Jest in New York and London, respectively.” (Broadway World)