Altius Quartet

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Altius Quartet

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 7:30 pm

Aronoff Center / Jarson-Kaplan Theater

Every two years, we bring an exceptional, rising-star quartet to Cincinnati to honor the memory of Henry Meyer, who mentored so many young ensembles. The Altius Quartet was a consensus choice.

Formed in 2011 at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, the Altius is Fellowship String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where they are mentored by the legendary Takács Quartet. At SMU, the Altius Quartet was Ensemble-in-Residence, working closely with Eighth Blackbird’s former violinist Matt Albert and the Diaz Trio’s Andres Diaz.

Violinist Joshua Ulrich joined the Altius in spring 2014 after receiving his Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Artist Diploma from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where studied with Won-Bin Yim, Dorothy Delay, and Henry Meyer.


String Quartet No. 23 in F Major, K. 590 – W.A. Mozart

String Quartet No. 1, Métamorphoses nocturnes – György Ligeti 

String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1 – Ludwig van Beethoven


  • Mozart’s final string quartet, No. 23 in F, is the last of three written for Friedrich Wilhelm II, King of Prussia and a cellist. They are thus known as the “Prussian Quartets” and have been praised by NPR as “quartets fit for a king.”
  • Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 1 was inspired by Bartok’s Quartets No. 3 and No.4, which he knew only from their scores, since Bartok’s music was banned by the Communist government, as was Legiti’s. Written in 1953-4, it was premiered in 1958, after Legeti fled Hungary, at the Vienna Musikverein by the Ramor Quartet that had also fled into exile.
  • Russian ambassador to Vienna, Prince Razumovsky, commissioned the three Beethoven quartets now known by his name of which No. 7 in F is the earliest. The first of the composer’s “middle period” quartets, it breaks considerable new ground from his earlier works in the form.