Jasper String Quartet

Friday, January 13, 2017, 11am & 7:30pm
Concerts are free and open to the public.
Doors open 30 minutes in advance of concert.


Jasper String Quartet
J Freivogel, violin
Sae Chonabayoshi, violin
Sam Quintal, viola
Rachel Henderson Freivogel, viola


Winner of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award, Philadelphia's Jasper String Quartet is the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University's Center for Gifted Young Musicians.

The Jaspers have been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and "powerful" (New York Times). "The Jaspers... match their sounds perfectly, as if each swelling chord were coming out of a single, impossibly well-tuned organ, instead of four distinct instruments." (New Haven Advocate)

The quartet records exclusively for Sono Luminus and have released three highly acclaimed albums - Beethoven Op. 131The Kernis Project: Schubert, and The Kernis Project: Beethoven.


J_FreivogelJ Freivogel is the founding and current first violinist of the Jasper String Quartet. Born into a musical family, J started playing violin when he was 2 and string quartets with his siblings when he was 6. He grew up in Kirkwood, MO.

J attended Oberlin College and Conservatory for Bachelor’s degrees in Violin Performance and Politics and, during his time there, won the Kauffman Chamber Music prize three times, the Presser Music Award, the Hurlbutt prize for most outstanding violinist, and the concerto competition. He received his Master’s in String Quartet Performance from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and an Artist’s Diploma at the Yale School of Music. His principal teachers include Marilyn McDonald, Sylvia Rosenberg, and Cho-Liang Lin for violin and James Dunham, Norman Fischer and the Tokyo String Quartet for chamber music. J is also a core member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO). J is married to cellist Rachel Henderson Freivogel and they live in Philadelphia, PA with their children, Leon and Evy.


Sae_ChonabayashiSae Chonabayashi is the second violinist of the Jasper String Quartet. She was born in Ibaragi, Japan and began playing violin at age three. Sae attended the prestigious Toho Gakuen School of Music in Japan from the age of fifteen, where she completed her studies with Koichiro Harada, a founding member of the Tokyo String Quartet. In 2001, Sae came to the United States to study with Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music. As a full scholarship student, she continued her studies with Mr. Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory, where she received undergraduate and graduate diplomas. She won third prize in the 2006 Swedish Duo International Competition. She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, Shun, and her son, Hideki.




Sam Quintal, founding violist of the Jasper String Quartet, was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska in a small log cabin with wood heat and no running water. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Oberlin Conservatory studying with Marilyn McDonald, his Master’s degree in String Quartet from Rice University studying viola with James Dunham, and his Artist's Diploma from Yale School of Music studying with the Tokyo String Quartet. In addition to many prestigious performances and collaborations with his quartet, he has individually performed with exceptional chamber musicians such as the Tokyo String Quartet, Paul Neubauer and Andrés Díaz. When not playing viola, he loves cooking, cross-country skiing, biking and and building things in his basement workshop. He lives in Philadelphia, PA with his wife, Anna, and daughter, Lena.


Rachel_Henderson_FreivogelRachel Henderson Freivogel is the founding cellist of the Jasper String Quartet. She began her studies with her mother in her hometown of Ann Arbor, MI, at the age of four and completed her undergraduate studies in cello performance at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she also received a Master’s Degree in historical performance. She received a Master’s Degree in String Quartet from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and an Artist's Diploma in String Quartet from Yale School of Music. Her principal teachers include Norman Fischer, Clive Greensmith and Catharina Meints. Rachel is married to violinist J Freivogel and they live in Philadelphia, PA with their children, Leon and Evy.