David Chan and catherine Ro, violins
Dov Scheindlin, viola
Rafael Figueroa, cello
Quartet 212 is an exciting new ensemble on the international scene. Comprising four leading players from the legendary MET Orchestra in New York City, the quartet was formed at the Musique et Vin au Clos Vougeot festival in the Burgundy region of France. The quartet's name pays homage not only to the group's Manhattan roots (212 is the area code for New York City), but also to the town of Beaune, France (postal code 21200), where the quartet played its first concert in 2012.
Quartet 212's playing is notable for its uncommon vitality, vivid characterization, remarkable unanimity of attack, and above all the expressive and vocal quality derived from the players' long experience in the world of opera. Quartet 212 has collaborated with many of today's greatest artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Gary Hoffman, Cho-Liang Lin, Matthew Polenzani, Menahem Pressler, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Individually, the members of the quartet are distinguished soloists and teachers in their own right, and have been prize winners at the Tchaikovsky, Piatigorsky, Casals, and Indianapolis international competitions.
Quartet 212's repertoire ranges from the classics of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert to Debussy, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and the Second Viennese School. The players also share a passion for mentoring leading instrumentalists and singers of the younger generation, and for the fine wines of Burgundy. Their first recording, a disc of the Mozart and Weber clarinet quintets with French clarinetist Pierre Génisson, has won numerous awards including the UK Sunday Times “Album of the Week” and the prestigious “Choc de l’Année” award from the French press.