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“Elliott Carter is one of America’s most distinguished creative artists in any field.” -Aaron Copland
“There’s no point in predicting future greatness for the young Pacifica String Quartet. That future is already here.” -Los Angeles Times



  • Carter, String Quartet no. 1
  • Carter, String Quartet no. 2
  • Carter, String Quartet no. 3
  • Carter, String Quartet no. 4
  • Carter, String Quartet no. 5

Not many living composers are absolutely assured that their works will be inscribed in the honor roll of classics, but that’s not in doubt for Elliott Carter, who in the course of a century-long career has drawn from an apparently inexhaustible font of creative ideas. Quite a few of his pieces have long been recognized as touchstones of modernism, and none more so than his five string quartets, produced at intervals of roughly a decade between 1950 and 1995, and often cited as one of the most extraordinary quartet cycles in all of music.

The Pacifica Quartet, one of the best and brightest among younger chamber ensembles and an especially persuasive interpreter of modern music, scored a breakthrough success several years by astonishing audiences with its electrifying performances of the complete cycle of Carter’s quartets… two-and-a-half hours of music in a single evening.

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