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Ames Piano Quartet

Biography

Active: 1976 - ; Ames, IA
The Ames Piano Quartet is unique in two ways: firstly, it is one of the very few major piano quartets active today; secondly, all four players are faculty members at Iowa State University, where they are the resident chamber music ensemble. While the names of the individual members are not well known to most listeners, their credentials are formidable, both from their résumes and the reviews of their concerts and recordings. Indeed, one finds Read more critics writing of their commitment, passion, power, and sensitivity, not to mention their collective technical skills. Their choice of repertory is broad, too, taking in works by Schumann, Brahms, Dvorák, Borodin, Taneyev, Fauré, Richard Strauss, and compositions by various lesser known figures, like

Czechs Suk, Novak, and Martinu and Brits Bridge, Stanford, Howells, Mackenzie, and Jacob. The APQ has also played much American music, including works by Bolcom, Hoiby, and Richard Willis. It has made numerous recordings for a variety of labels, including Albany, Dorian, and Musical Heritage Society.

The APQ was formed in 1976 at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. The current members are pianist William David, violinist Mahlon Darlington, violist Jonathan Sturm, and cellist George Work. David, a student of the late György Sándor, is the only remaining founding member of the ensemble. Among the other players of the APQ, Work is next in seniority, having joined the group in 1981, while Darlington became the ensemble's violinist later in the decade and Sturm came on as a replacement in the late '90s for longtime member Laurence Burkhalter.

The ensemble attracted much attention even in its early years, touring widely and recording with acclaim. Among its more successful early recordings was the 1989 Musical Heritage Society CD of quartets by Chausson (in A major) and Saint-Saëns (in B flat major).

From the 1990s and extending well into the new century, the group has been engaged in a series of highly successful recordings for both the Dorian and Albany labels. Among the more notable efforts was the highly praised Dorian CD of quartets by Taneyev and Borodin, issued in 2000.

Outside the recording studio, the group also attracted attention: the APQ's 2001 tour of Cuba, the first by an American chamber ensemble in nearly a half century, was highly acclaimed. Among the group's recordings is the 2008 Albany CD of works by Piazzolla, Turina, Tansman, and Surinach. Read less
Mozart, Hummel, Beethoven / Ames Piano Quartet
Release Date: 01/25/2011   Label: Sono Luminus  
Catalog: 92120   Number of Discs: 1
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The Russian Piano Quartet - Taneyev, Juon, Borodin
Release Date: 11/21/2000   Label: Sono Luminus  
Catalog: 93215   Number of Discs: 1
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Fauré: The Two Piano Quartets / The Ames Piano Quartet
Release Date: 08/31/1993   Label: Sono Luminus  
Catalog: 90144   Number of Discs: 1
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The Ames Piano Quartet Performs Czech Piano Quartets
Release Date: 02/12/2008   Label: Sono Luminus  
Catalog: 93261   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorak: Piano Quartets Op 23 And 87 / Ames Piano Quartet
Release Date: 08/31/1993   Label: Sono Luminus  
Catalog: 90125   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Ames Piano Quartet Plays Hahn, Schmitt, Dubois
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92141 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Reynaldo Hahn,  Florent Schmitt,  Théodore Dubois
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ames Piano Quartet
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    Mozart, Hummel, Beethoven / Ames Piano Quartet
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92120 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ames Piano Quartet
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    Complete Dorian Recordings 1989-2009 / Ames Piano Quartet
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90908 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Gabriel Fauré,  Richard Strauss,  Robert Schumann  ... 
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    Piazzolla: La Muerte Del Ángel; Turina, Tansman, Surinach / Ames Piano Quartet
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1052 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Turina,  Alexandre Tansman,  Carlos Surinach,  Astor Piazzolla
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ames Piano Quartet
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    The Ames Piano Quartet Performs Czech Piano Quartets
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 93261 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Suk,  Vitezslav Novák,  Bohuslav Martinu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ames Piano Quartet
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    British Piano Quartets - Bridge, Walton, Jacob, Et Al / Ames Piano Quartet
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 910 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Alexander Mackenzie,  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Gordon Jacob  ... 
    Performer:  Jonathan Sturm,  George Work,  Mahlon Darlington,  William David
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ames Piano Quartet
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    New American Piano Quartets / Ames Piano Quartet
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 730 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Willis,  William Bolcom,  Lee Hoiby
    Performer:  Mahlon Darlington,  Jonathan Sturm,  George Work,  William David
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ames Piano Quartet
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    The Russian Piano Quartet - Taneyev, Juon, Borodin
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 93215 Release Date: 11/21/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Juon,  Alexander Borodin,  Sergei Taneyev
    Performer:  Mahlon Darlington,  George Work,  William David,  Jonathan Sturm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ames Piano Quartet
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    Piano Quartets Of Schumann & Brahms / The Ames Piano Quartet
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90194 Release Date: 06/28/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Laurence Burkhalter,  George Work,  William David,  Mahlon Darlington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ames Piano Quartet
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    Dvorak: Piano Quartets Op 23 And 87 / Ames Piano Quartet
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90125 Release Date: 08/31/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  William David,  Laurence Burkhalter,  George Work,  Mahlon Darlington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ames Piano Quartet
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    Fauré: The Two Piano Quartets / The Ames Piano Quartet
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90144 Release Date: 08/31/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ames Piano Quartet
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    R. Strauss, Widor: Piano Quartets / Ames Piano Quartet
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90167 Release Date: 08/31/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Charles-Marie Widor
    Performer:  Mahlon Darlington,  Laurence Burkhalter,  William David,  George Work
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ames Piano Quartet
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