PROGRAM NOTES for the individual concerts will be posted here as they become available.

performing a virtual concert May 16, 2021–May 23, 2021

Hailed as one of the foremost chamber ensembles world-wide, the Shanghai Quartet was formed thirty-seven years ago at the Shanghai Conservatory.  The group came to the United States to complete its studies and has continued to be based in the U.S. since then with a residency since 2002 at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University.  The ensemble also holds residencies at the Tianjin Julliard School and with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.


Performing widely both in the United States and abroad, recent venues have included Carnegie Hall, the Festival Pablo Casals in France, Wigmore Hall, the Budapest Spring Festival, and concert halls throughout China.  The Shanghai’s discography includes more than thirty recordings.  Their collaborations with fellow artists include among others the Tokyo, Julliard and Guarneri Quartets and soloists Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, Menahem Pressler, Peter Serkin and pipa virtuoso, Wu Man.

The Shanghai Quartet has commissioned any number of works from contemporary composers and has particular interest in compositions that juxtapose Eastern and Western music.  


There is a personal connection to the central New York community in that cellist Nicholas Tzavaras’s mother hails from Rome, New York! 


The Shanghai Quartet will perform LIVE for the CMSU audience on March 20, 2022.

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