The Quartet meets in 1998 and forms in Jerusalem as part of a chamber music class at the Jerusalem Academy Middle School for Music and Dance officially in 2000. "We used to study for school exams together, but since math didn't go so well we decided to stick to music..."
The Quartet wins the first prize in the “Franz Schubert and Modern Music” competition in Graz, Austria. "Since we were very young and didn't expect to win anything, we arrived to the official winner's announcement ceremony practically in pajamas!"
The Quartet is invited to be part of the first Perlman Music Program chamber music workshop. "The Shelter Island, NY, campus of the Perlman Music Program has quickly evolved into a second home for the Quartet, in which we've spent time in every of the past twelve summers."
The Quartet moves to Boston, MA, where the members earn their BM and MM degrees at the New England Conservatory of Music. They become the resident ensemble of the distinguished Professional String Quartet Training Program led by Paul Katz from 2008-2010.
The quartet wins the Grand Prize and the Gold Medal at the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
The quartet is awarded with the Székely Prize for their performance of Bela Bartók's string quartet No. 4, as well as overall with the Third Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition. The American Record Guide refers to the quartet as “a consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power” and specifically designates their performance of Beethoven's Op.132 as “the pinnacle of the competition.”
The Quartet heads to Basel, Switzerland, for a year of intensive study with Walter Levin of the LaSalle Quartet.
The Quartet joins the faculty of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music as CCM's official quartet-in-residence, following in the footsteps of the legendary LaSalle Quartet, who were in residence at CCM for many years. "We love Cincinnati and are big Reds fans, if more so for the Friday post-game fireworks."
The Quartet receives the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, which results in a concert tour that retraces the last concerts of the legendary Cleveland Quartet and includes a performance at Carnegie Hall in May 2016.
The 2013-14 season not only included an exceedingly successful tour with superstar cellist Alisa Weilerstein as well as continued collaboration with the legendary Menahem Pressler, but also the fulfillment of a long time dream: the first (and second) Beethoven Cycle! Find out more about this exciting project.
The Ariel becomes the first string quartet to perform the entire Beethoven cycle before its members reach the age of 30! The cycle takes place in the intimate New York City club SubCulture, and even includes a midnight performance of the Große Fuge.
Beethoven wrote some of the most transcendent music ever written, and the Ariel Quartet deepens their relationship with the scores by performing the cycle in Napa for Music in the Vineyards.
During an extended residency at the stunning Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana, the Ariel records their debut CD for Avie Records, featuring the Brahms Quartet No. 2 and the Bartók Quartet No. 1.
The Ariel performs their premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner John Harbison’s Quartet No. 6 at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. The new quartet was commissioned in part by longtime classical patrons Ann and Harry Santen.
The Quartet and Daniil Trifonov give the U.S. premiere of Trifonov's own Piano Quintet in D Major at Jamie Laredo and Sharon Robinson's Linton Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati.