Guarneri Quartet

Guarneri Quartet

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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



  • David Soyer (1923-2010) (1964-2001)
  • Peter Wiley (b. 1955) (2001-2009)

Origins and activities

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:

  • Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga Complete String Quartets
  • Béla Bartók Complete String Quartets
  • Ludwig van Beethoven Complete String Quartets (recorded twice: on RCA and Philips), String Quintet in C Op. 29 (with Pinchas Zukerman)
  • Alexander Borodin String Quartet No. 2
  • Johannes Brahms Complete String Quartets, Complete String Quintets (with Pinchas Zukerman), Piano Quintet in f Op. 34 (with Arthur Rubinstein on RCA, with Peter Serkin on Philips), Complete Piano Quartets (with Arthur Rubinstein),
  • Claude Debussy String Quartet (recorded twice: on RCA and on Surroundedby Entertainment)
  • Ern Dohnányi String Quartet No. 2 in Db
  • Antonín Dvoák Piano Quintet No. 2 Op. 81 (with Arthur Rubinstein), Quartet in C Op. 61, in F Op. 96 ("American"), in G Op. 106, in Ab Op. 105, Viola Quintet in Eb Op. 97 (with Walter Trampler), Terzetto Op. 74
  • Gabriel Fauré String Quartet Op. 121 (recorded twice: on RCA and Surroundedby Entertainment), Piano Quartet in c Op. 15 (with Arthur Rubinstein)
  • Edvard Grieg String Quartet in g Op. 27 (recorded twice: on RCA and Philips)
  • Joseph Haydn String Quartets in D Op. 20 No. 4, in g Op. 74 No. 3, in G Op. 77 No. 1, in F Op. 77 No. 2
  • Hans Werner Henze Piano Quintet (with Peter Serkin)
  • Leo Janáek Complete String Quartets
  • Felix Mendelssohn String Quartet in an Op. 13, String Quartet in D Op. 44 No. 1, Viola Quintet in Bb Op. 87 (with Pinchas Zukerman), Octet in Eb Op. 20 (with the Orion String Quartet)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart The Complete Piano Quartets (with Arthur Rubinstein), Eine kleine Nachtmusik (with Julius Levine), 6 String Quartets dedicated to Joseph Haydn (recorded twice: for RCA and Philips) (in G K387, in d K421, in E K428, in Bb K458, in A K464, in C K465), String Quartet in D K499, String Quartet in D K575, String Quartet in Bb K589, String Quartet in F K590, The Complete Viola Quintets (with Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom, and Kim Kashkashian)
  • Maurice Ravel String Quartet (recorded twice: for RCA and Surroundedby Entertainment)
  • Franz Schubert String Quartets in a D804 (recorded twice: for RCA and Arabesque), in c "Quartettsatz", in d D810 "Death and the Maiden" (recorded twice: for RCA and Arabesque), in G D887, String Quintet in C D956 (with Leonard Rose), "Trout" Quintet D667 (with Emanuel Ax and Julius Levine)
  • Robert Schumann Complete String Quartets, Op. 41, Piano Quintet in Eb Op. 44 (with Arthur Rubinstein)
  • Jean Sibelius String Quartet in D minor Op. 56 "Voces intimae"
  • Bedich Smetana String Quartet in E minor ("From my Life")
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky String Quartet No. 1 in D Op. 11, "Souvenir de Florence" Sextet Op. 70 (with Boris Kroyt and Mischa Schneider)
  • Giuseppe Verdi String Quartet in E minor
  • Hugo Wolf Italian Serenade


  • 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

  • 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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