The Audubon Quartet; photo by John Cline.Quartet members are Doris Lederer on viola, Ellen Jewett and Akemi Takayama on violin, and cellist Clyde Shaw, who founded the ensemble in 1974. It formed from that year’s session of the Lenox Quartet Chamber Music Seminar in Binghamton, N.Y., and quickly went on to achieve international recognition.
In its first four years, Audubon won top prizes in the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France; the String Quartet Competition at the Festival Villa Lobos in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and in 1979, the International String Quartet Competition in Portsmouth, England.
More recently the string quartet’s music has been hailed by the New York Times for its “strikingly beautiful, luminescent quality that invariably serves the music with grace, sophistication and vibrancy.”
At Shenandoah University, the quartet members serve as mentors of the conservatory’s Graduate String Quartet program, teaching the next generation of string players and quartets. Audubon also has decades-long associations with the Chautauqua Institute in New York and Music at Gretna in Pennsylvania, while receiving annual invitations to teach and perform around the country.
Tickets for the concert go on sale Monday, March 21. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students, and free for children younger than 12 and members of the Sweet Briar community. Seating is general. To reserve tickets, call (434) 381-8120 or e-mail [email protected]. Credit card orders can be placed at www.lynchburgtickets.com beginning March 21. For more information, contact [email protected].