Fairmount Strings

Fairmount String Quartet

Described as “likable and warmhearted” by the Philadelphia Inquirer and “expert to the point of perfection” by the Chestnut Hill Local, the Fairmount String Quartet has been active in the Philadelphia chamber music scene since 1984.

Dedicated to bringing the intimacy and vitality of chamber music to diverse audiences, the Fairmount String Quartet makes accessibility and education core parts of their mission. They are committed to performing works of historically under-performed composers in addition to works in the standard repertoire. The Fairmount String Quartet delights in collaborating with other artists, including both professional and student instrumentalists, choirs and dancers. 

Our musicians will partner 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 live program notes. 

The Fairmount String Quartet is currently in residence at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. Their debut album “Spoken with Strings” is available on all major streaming platforms. 

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

Listen to more

Sample Programs

Music of Women Composers

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel – String Quartet in Eb
Amy Beach – Quartet for Strings in One Movement
Jennifer Higdon – Sky Quartet

Harmony for Humanity

Arvo Pärt – Fratres
Lou Harrison – String Quartet Set
Dmitri Shostakovich – String Quartet #3
Jennifer Higdon – Amazing Grace

Classical Standards with a Twist 

Haydn – String Quartet Op. 77, #2
Caroline Shaw – Entr’acte
Beethoven – String Quartet, Op. 18, #1

Latin Sounds

Joaquín Turina – La oración del torero
Teresa Carreño – String Quartet in b minor
Heitor Villa-Lobos – String Quartet #5
Arturo Márquez – Danzón #2
Astor Piazzolla – Four for Tango

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) or tell us about your audience and we will create a program for you.

School Program

Arcangelo Corelli - Gigue from "Sarabande, Gigue and Badinerie"
Franz Joseph Haydn - String Quartet, Op. 76, #2, “The Quinten”, Finale - vivace assai
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Prelude on "Rhosymedre
Jennifer Higdon - Variations on "Amazing Grace"
Jennifer Higdon - Blue Sky from "Sky Quartet"
Astor Piazzolla - Four for Tango
Camila Cabello - Havana
Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk

Musicians

Beth Dzwil

Beth Dzwil

Viola, Director
Rachel Segal

Rachel Segal

Violin