Praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets”, the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the newest generation of string ensembles. In the eleven years of its existence it has held performances in many of the world’s leading musical venues; in the United States and Canada, Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress, Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., and Boston’s Gardner Museum, and in major series in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. The ensemble has been heard abroad in such famed locations as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and in leading venues in Japan.
Among the highlights of the Daedalus Quartet’s 2016-17 season were the sold-out performance of Black Angels at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia; the premiere of Fred Lerdahl's Chaconne in celebration of the Quartet's 15th anniversary; and a presentation of the group's Kreutzer program, centered on Leo Tolstoy's Kreutzer Sonata and the writings of Sofia Tolstoy, for the Schubert Club in St. Paul, MN, with actress Linda Kelsey. The 2017-18 season includes a collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania to present the complete Beethoven String Quartets; a performance of Mendelssohn's Octet with the Brentano Quartet, to mark the series finale for Newtown Friends of Music in Connecticut; two tours of the West Coast, including an engagement with the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, CA; a 22-concert tour of Germany in the spring of 2018; and the world premiere of a new work by Vivian Fung for clarinet and string quartet, with clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois, at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
The Daedalus has won plaudits for its audacious exploration of contemporary music, most notably the compositions of Elliott Carter, George Perle, György Kurtág and György Ligeti. The group forged successful associations with several of America’s leading classical music and educational institutions: Carnegie Hall, through its European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO) Rising Stars program; and Lincoln Center, which appointed the it as the Chamber Music Society Two quartet for 2005-07. The Quartet has been Columbia University’s Quartet-in-Residence since 2005, and has served as Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006. In 2007, the Quartet was awarded the Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award.
The Daedalus won Chamber Music America’s Guarneri String Quartet Award, which funded a three-year residency on Long Island from 2007-2010. Their debut recording, Music of Stravinsky, Sibelius, and Ravel, was released in 2006. A recording of Haydn’s complete Op. 20 Quartets, was released in July 2010.
The members of the Daedalus Quartet hold degrees from the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, Cleveland Institute, and Harvard University.