Fairmount Strings

Fairmount String Quartet

Called “rousing and warmhearted” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Fairmount String Quartet has been a staple of the Philadelphia chamber music scene since 1984. In addition to performances at numerous venues throughout the city they have also toured in Italy and Costa Rica. They very much enjoy their collaborations with other artists, including both professional and student instrumentalists, choirs and dancers. Committed educators, they have presented educational programs including concerts, residencies, workshops and master classes.

Our musicians will work with presenters and educators to custom tailor a program appropriate to your audience. We have programs that speak to chamber music enthusiasts, newcomers to classical music, pop music lovers, and educational programs for all ages. All programs include talks about the works we will perform. 

Contact us to inquire about the Fairmount String Quartet performing on your recital series.


Listen to a sample of our music

1 Art of the Fugue - Bach
2 String Quartet K. 465, Allegro - Mozart
3 String Quartet in Eb, “Romanze” - Hensel

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Sample Programs

Latin Flavors

Astor Piazzolla – Libertango / Oblivion 
Joaquín Turina – La Oración del Torero
William Grant Still – Danzas de Panama
Villa Lobos – String Quartet #5
Astor Piazzolla - Four for Tango

Music of Women Comosers

Jennifer Higdon – Amazing Grace
Ethel Smyth – String Quartet in e minor, 4th movement
Germaine Tailleferre – String Quartet
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel – String Quartet in Eb

Harmony for Humanity

Arvo Part - Fratres
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel - String Quartet in Eb
Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartet #8
Jennifer Higdon - Amazing Grace

European Tour

Hugo Wolf – Italian Serenade
Benjamin Britten - Simple Symphony
Maurice Ravel - String Quartet in F

Old and New

J.S. Bach - Excerpts from "The Art of the Fugue"
Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartet #8
Lou Harrison - String Quartet Set

Pack a Picnic Pops

Choose from our extensive list of contemporary pop, standards, Latin music and music of the stage and screen (both movie and video game).

Educational Program (with accompanying discussion)

Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto “L’estro armonico” Op. 3, #11, 4th movement
Franz Joseph Haydn – Excerpts from String Quartet Op. 3, #5
W.A. Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, 1st movement
Lou Harrison – “Estampie” from String Quartet Set
Astor Piazzolla – Four for Tango
Walk the Moon – “Shut Up and Dance”


Beth Dzwil

Beth Dzwil

Viola, Director
Rachel Segal

Rachel Segal