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Acknowledged as one of the finest, young quartets in the country, the Baumer String Quartet was founded in 2003 by a group of young musicians at the Cleveland Institute of Music. The members of the quartet pursue parallel careers as international soloists, leaders and principal players of world-class orchestras, as members of eminent chamber groups, and as tutors and professors of music. The Baumer String Quartet comes together for a limited touring schedule on a project-by-project basis inspired by the success of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra and the New Orford String Quartet. Rather than committing to a year-round schedule, the members of the quartet meet for short, musical residencies, providing a fresh perspective on interpretations of the traditional string quartet repertoire. Strong advocates for new music, the BaumerSQ has most recently premiered Charles Krenner’s String Quartet no. 1, performed the Turtle Island Quartet’s arrangement of Egberto Gismonti’s Palhaco with Evan Price from the Turtle Island Quartet, and has recently commissioned a new work from composer Baljinder Sekhon.
Baumer Quartet is a fiscally-sponsored affiliate of InterMusic SF, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to small-ensemble music in the San Francisco Bay Area.