Founded in spring 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Quartet has enjoyed remarkable success in four short years. Now based in Cleveland, the Linden Quartet recently completed the two-year Graduate String-Quartet-in-Residence program at Yale University School of Music, where the ensemble was mentored by the Tokyo String Quartet. Previous mentors have included the Cavani String Quartet, Peter Salaff and Paul Kantor. The Quartet has also worked with Donald Weilerstein and William Preucil of the Cleveland Quartet, Joel Smirnoff and Robert Mann of the Juilliard String Quartet and members of the Guarneri and St. Lawrence Quartets. The Quartet has collaborated with pianist Peter Frankl, guitarist Jason Vieaux, mezzo-soprano Jana Baty, violinist Geoff Nuttall, as well as acclaimed accordion and bandonéon player Julian Labro.
Dedicated to sharing their passion for chamber music with students, the foursome is quite active with educational residencies in 2012-13, including the University of Iowa School of Music, the Auditorium Chamber Music Series (Moscow, ID), Sheldon Friends of Music (Lincoln, NE) and the Chamber Music Society of Logan, UT. The Linden Quartet was the 2011-12 Ernst Steifel Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, leading a series of educational workshops in the school districts surrounding the Center. That residency culminated in a performance at the Caramoor Festival in July 2012, featuring the world premiere of Gabriel Kahane’s Line Up! for String Quartet, commissioned by Caramoor.
Featured engagements for the 2012-13 season include the season-opening concert on New York's renowned Schneider Concert Series at the New School and a week long residency for the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, culminating in a performance with Grammy award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. Other season highlights include: Market Square Concerts, the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival (NC); Acadiana Symphony Chamber Music Festival, the Lindsay Concert Foundation, and the third annual week-long summer residency at the Music at Port Milford Chamber Music Festival in Ontario. In fall 2013, the Quartet also reunites with CAG First Prize-winning pianist Michael Brown in joint recitals at the Reston Community Center, the Brooklyn Public Library and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.