BA and BMUS, Oberlin Conservatory; MM and Graduate Diploma in viola performance and MM in string quartet, New England Conservatory
Liz Freivogel is the founding and current violist of the Jupiter String Quartet, formed in 2001. Other members of the quartet include her sister, Meg Freivogel, and her brother-in-law, Daniel McDonough, as well as violinist Nelson Lee. The ensemble concertizes and teaches across the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Mexico, and South America. Ms. Freivogel has enjoyed playing with the quartet at some of the world’s finest halls, including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, London’s Wigmore Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes, Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center and Library of Congress, and Seoul’s Sejong Chamber Hall. In addition, the Jupiters have been enthusiastically received at many major music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival (where they recently performed their first complete Beethoven quartet cycle), the Caramoor International Music Festival, Music at Menlo, the Yellow Barn Festival, the Bard Festival, the Skaneateles Festival, the Austin Chamber Music Festival, the Seoul Spring Festival, the Banff Centre, and Madeline Island Music Camp.The quartet has received numerous accolades, including grand prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition, grand prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, first prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, membership in the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society’s Chamber Music Two, Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award, and an Avery Fischer Career Grant.
Individually, Ms. Freivogel also won prizes in the Primrose International Viola Competition, Oberlin Concerto Competition, American String Teachers Association Competition National Solo Competition, and the Wendell-Irish Viola Competition. Ms. Freivogel’s teaching experience includes visiting residency positions at Oberlin Conservatory, Adelphi University, and Spivey Hall (Atlanta). She has also served as guest faculty during shorter-term residencies at the Peabody Institute of Music, Boston Conservatory, Madeline Island Music Camp, the Colorado Suzuki Festival, Fischoff Chamber Music Mentoring Program, Oberlin Conservatory Panama Project, and the Austin Chamber Music Festival. She has given masterclasses at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Peabody Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New England Conservatory Preparatory Program, SUNY Buffalo, Northwestern University, University of Toronto, and many others.
Both Ms. Freivogel and the Jupiter String Quartet feel that developing relationships with future classical music audiences through outreach work in the school systems and other community locations is a vital part of their career. They have performed hundreds of educational concerts for all ages, as well as given numerous masterclasses and lectures to aspiring musicians across the globe. Their belief is that chamber music is one of the most intensely inspiring ways to spread a love of “classical” music to new audiences. Ms. Freivogel grew up in a musical family, playing string quartets with her three siblings from a young age. Three of the four siblings are now professional string quartet musicians (the fourth became a physicist). She feels extremely grateful to have benefited from the wisdom of many great music teachers, and hopes to pass on as much of this wisdom as possible to her own students in the years to come.