About the Portland String QuartetPSQ Members

During the 2015-2016 concert season, the Portland String Quartet is celebrating its 47th consecutive year.. The quartet was presented with Chamber Music America’s 2013 Acclaim Award, honoring the original foursome for their decades-long impact on the Maine community. With the tragic death of Stephen Kecskemethy and the recent retirement of Paul Ross, the quartet has had to replace old friends with new faces. Dean Stein has become the first violinist of the group bringing his talent which garnered acclaim for his “luzuriant tone” in The Strad magazine. The quartet also welcomes cellist Patrick Owen who replaces retired cellist Paul Ross. Proclaimed "Maine Treasures" and awarded Honorary Doctor of Music Degrees by Colby College in l986, the Portland String Quartet served that campus with distinction as Artists in Residence for 20 years.

PSQ Members

Coming together from musical training at Curtis, Eastman, Indiana, Juilliard, Oberlin and San Francisco State College, the Quartet members have played an important role in the artistic renaissance of the City of Portland and the State of Maine, championing Maine and American composers both nationally and internationally. Of particular note are their recordings of string quartet works by George Chadwick, Ernest Bloch and Walter Piston for which they have received "Best Recording of the Year" commendations from The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Washington Post and many leading recording publications. They recently premiered new works of living composers at both the Boston Public Library and Northfield Academy, and during their 40th season they premiered at Harvard University the Saxophone Quintet of Israeli composer Gil Shohat with Boston Symphony Orchestra saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky.

PSQ Members

The Portland String Quartet has performed and recorded with many musicians including Christina Astrachan, Leon Bates, the Borromeo String Quartet, Cheryl Tschanz, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Virginia Eskin, Frank Glazer, Leonard Hokanson, Lorin Hollander, Laura Kargul, Gary Karr, Sharon Robinson and Jamie Laredo, Charles Neidich, Paul Posnak, Menahem Pressler, Kenneth Radnofsky, Mary Ruth Ray, Rhonda Rider, Joseph Silverstein and Emanuel Vardi.

The Quartet’s High School Residency in American Studies program has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as a "national model for educational change." String Quartet Workshops for professionally aspiring young students and adult amateur players keep the PSQ busy from June through September, attracting students from all over Maine, New England and other parts of the world.

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