International string quartet breaks up after 20 years

International string quartet breaks up after 20 years


norman lebrecht

January 22, 2016

Based in San Francisco and touring Europe, Asia and the Americas, the Cypress String Quartet have announced their breakup.

They will give a final concert in June, coinciding with the release (on Avie) of their recording of the complete Beethoven quartets. Good way to say goodbye.

The players – Cecily Ward, violin; Tom Stone, violin; Ethan Filner, viola; and Jennifer Kloetzel, cello – were groomed at the start of their career by members of the epic Amadeus Quartet.

We wish them individually every future success.

cypress quartet


  • John Borstlap says:

    The picture is hilarious: four distraught characters on a classical ruin.

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  • Billy says:

    They sound good. Never heard them before.
    I would have never guessed they trained with the Amadeus. They sound like very good American players to me.