Martin Beaver, violin
Kikuei Ikeda, violin
Kazuhide Isomura , viola
Clive Greensmith, cello
The Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics alike since it was founded 42 years ago. Regarded as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, the Tokyo Quartet has collaborated with a remarkable array of artists and composers and built a comprehensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings, initially with Deutche Grammophon and currently, on the Harmonia Mundi label.
Officially formed in 1969 at the Juilliard School of Music, the quartet traces its origins to the Toho School of Music in Tokyo, where the founding members were profoundly influenced by Professor Hideo Saito. Soon after its formation, the Quartet won multiple prestigious, international competitions. The members of the Tokyo String Quartet have served on the faculty of the Yale School of Music as quartet-in-residence since 1976, and they are deeply committed to coaching and teaching young musicians as they tour North America, Europe and the Far East throughout the year.
Thanks to the Nippon Music Foundation, the ensemble performs on the "Paganini Quartet", a group of Stradivarius instruments named for legendary virtuoso Niccolo Paganini, who acquired and played them during the 19th century.