Distinguished by its virtuosic playing and impassioned interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has earned a glowing international reputation. Formed in Israel almost 20 years ago, when its members were students, the quartet was recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. The Ariel serves as the faculty quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where the ensemble directs the rigorous chamber music program and performs its own annual series of concerts, in addition to traveling on its busy touring schedule. The group’s 2018–19 season features performances for Calgary Pro Musica, the Kreeger Museum, and Music Toronto, among others, and includes tours to Israel and Europe. The Ariel Quartet has been mentored extensively by Itzhak Perlman, Paul Katz, Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, and Martha Strongin Katz, among others, and spent a formative year in Switzerland pursuing in-depth study with Walter Levin, the founding first violinist of the LaSalle Quartet.