About the DaPonte String Quartet Institute

DaPonte Quartet Perfomances

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JS Bach: Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C Minor BWV 1060

JS Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major BWV 1066

JS Bach: Cantata “Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut” BWV 199

Thomas Ades: O Albion from Arcadiana
Track from new CD: Pathways to Healing;
Centaur Records 2017

Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13
I. Adagio: Allegro – Vivace

About the Quartet

Maine Public Broadcasting:
Why We Need Classical Music

Meet the Quartet

June 2018 Performing Arts Review interview with Ferdinand Liva

Audio Performances

Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13; First movement
I. Adagio: Allegro – Vivace

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In Print

Read the Performing Arts Review piece on the Quartet and their “tour de force” recording Pathways to Healing.

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After 25 years, the DaPonte String Quartet isn’t slowing down. Down East Magazine’s 25th Anniversary Issue Interview.

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Portland Press Herald article on our use of electric stringed instruments

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New York Times article on how the Quartet came to Maine: “Love Story of a String Quartet and a County in Maine”

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Acclaim

CD Reviews

The DaPonte performance is so huge it sounds like a string orchestra on occasion.The Mendelssohn quartet is a tour de force.

The DaPonte Pathways to Healing CD is a gourmet pairing of superbly interconnected works performed with care and perfection.

[It is] an incomparable window of historic, musicological and performance practice insight, not only for music lovers and audiophiles in general but musicians, amateur and professional alike, … beautifully engineered and fastidiously executed.
— Dan Kepl, Performing Artists Review (June 2018)


“It’s an absolutely beautiful, truly inspired recording that you have made of the [Beethoven].”
Composer Richard Danielpour


“The fearless DaPonte is at the top of its game.”
— Strings Magazine


“Dramatic and stylish readings”
— The Strad


“Diligence, enterprise and adventurous musicianship”
Tuscaloosa News


“Absolutely delightful!”
Classical Voice of New England

Concert Accolades

“Consistently polished performances”
Allan Kozinn (former New York Times music critic, writing in the Maine Sunday Telegram)


“DaPonte Approaches Perfection”
Christopher Hyde, Maine Sunday Telegram


“Conspicuous virtuosity”
Classical Voice of New England


“They are a first-rate string quartet. Their imagination, skill and dedication brought my first string quartet vibrantly to life.”
David del Tredici (Pulitzer Prize winning composer)


A “thoughtful, rich-hued performance…[played with] incandescent, searing energy and clarity”… The performance was energized and impeccable, full of drama.
Alan Kozinn (former New York Times music critic, writing in the Portland Press Herald)