Violinists Nicholas Tavani and Rachel Shapiro, violist Gregory Luce, and cellist Alan Richardson formed the Aeolus Quartet in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Since its inception, the all-American quartet has been awarded prizes at nearly every major competition in the United States, and performed across the world with performances ‘…worthy of a major-league quartet…’ (Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News).
Luke Quinton of the Austin-American Statesman writes, ‘The Aeolus Quartet is a powerful and thoughtful group of young musicians who are plotting an ascending course…this vibrant group shows great promise.’
The Aeolus Quartet has studied extensively with the Miró, Guarneri, Juilliard, Takács, and Artemis quartets. The Quartet’s other mentors include artists such as Peter Salaff, William Preucil, Donald Weilerstein, James Dunham, Itzhak Perlman, Gerhard Schulz, Heime Müller, and Roger Tapping.
The members of the Quartet hold degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the University of Texas at Austin, where they served as the first Graduate String Quartet in Residence. The Aeolus Quartet is currently the Graduate Fellowship String Quartet at the University of Maryland, where they are pursuing Doctoral degrees. The Quartet is named after the Greek god Aeolus, the keeper of the four winds. He is known for welcoming Odysseus and his crew with music during their journey back to Ithaca in Homer’s Odyssey.