Praised by the New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets,” the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. Since winning the top prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2001, the quartet has impressed critics and listeners alike with the security, technical finish, interpretive unity, and sheer gusto of its performances. The Daedalus Quartet has performed in many of the world’s leading musical venues; in the United States and Canada these include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center (Great Performers series), the Library of Congress, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC, and Boston’s Gardner Museum, as well as on major series in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. Abroad the ensemble has been heard in such famed locations as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, and in leading venues in Japan. Among the highlights of the Daedalus Quartet’s 2015-16 season were a pair of performances at Shanghai Concert Hall, a return to the Bard Music Festival, and the world premieres of works by Robert Maggio and Benjamin C. S. Boyle (with baritone Randall Scarlata and pianist Marcantonio Barone) at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. In the 2016-17 season, the quartet will perform the music of Puccini, Verdi, and Malipiero at the Bard Festival, premiere a new work by Louis Karchin in San Francisco, and present a program based around the Kreutzer Sonata for the Schubert Club in St. Paul, MN, with actress Linda Kelsey.
The Daedalus Quartet has won plaudits for its adventurous exploration of contemporary music. Among the works the ensemble has premiered is David Horne’s Flight from the Labyrinth, commissioned for the Quartet by the Caramoor Festival; Fred Lerdahl’s Third String Quartet, commissioned by Chamber Music America; and Lawrence Dillon’s String Quartet No. 4, commissioned by the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts. In 2013, the Fromm Foundation awarded a commission to the Daedalus Quartet and composer Huck Hodge; the quartet will premiere Hodge's new work in April 2016. The Daedalus' most recent recording, for Bridge Records, features the string quartets of George Perle. In 2014, the Daedalus Quartet recorded Joan Tower's White Water (written for Daedalus) as well as her Dumbarton Quintet (with pianist Blair McMillen). A Bridge recording of the Haydn’s complete “Sun” Quartets, Op. 20, was released on two CDs in 2010. An album of chamber music by Lawrence Dillon and the complete string quartets of Fred Lerdahl followed.
The quartet has forged associations with some of America’s leading classical music and educational institutions: Carnegie Hall, through its European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO) Rising Stars program; and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, which appointed the Daedalus Quartet as the CMS Two quartet for 2005-07. The Daedalus Quartet has served as quartet-in-residence at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006. In 2007, the quartet was awarded Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award. The quartet won Chamber Music America’s Guarneri String Quartet Award, which funded a three-year residency in Suffolk County, Long Island from 2007-2010. The award-winning members of the Daedalus Quartet hold degrees from The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, Cleveland Institute, and Harvard University.