The Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim since its inception in 1992. It has earned exceptional praise, such as “passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding” (London Independent), “luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism” (New York Times), and “seemingly infallible instincts for finding the center of gravity in every phrase and musical gesture” (Philadelphia Inquirer). The Quartet was named for Antonie Brentano, whom scholars consider to be Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved”, the intended recipient of his famous love confession.
Within a few years of its formation, the Brentano garnered the first Cleveland Quartet Award and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award; and in 1996 the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center invited them to be the inaugural members of Chamber Music Society Two, a program which was to become a coveted distinction for chamber groups and individuals. The Brentan had its first European tour in 1997, and was honored in the U.K. by receiving the Royal Philharmonic Award for Most Outstanding Debut.
In recent seasons the Brentano has appeared all over the United States and Canada, in Europe, Japan and Australia; performing at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York; the Library of Congress in Washington; the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; the Konzerthaus in Vienna; Suntory Hall in Tokyo; and the Sydney Opera House. The Quartet has participated in summer festivals such as Aspen, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the Edinburgh Festival, the Kuhmo Festival in Finland, the Taos School of Music and the Caramoor Festival.
In the fall of 2014, the Quartet became the Resident String Quartet at the Yale School of Music, succeeding the Tokyo Quartet in that position. At Yale, they perform in concert every semester, and work closely with the students in chamber music contexts.