Since its inception in 2011, the Samford String Quartet has enjoyed playing concerts in various parts of the United States and around the world. The quartet was launched through a generous endowment from an anonymous couple who loves music and Samford University. The ensemble received critical acclaim from its premiere concert. The Birmingham News extolled its “finely blended sound” and “rhythmic energy”. They added, “This quartet is on a fast track to putting Samford and Birmingham on the chamber music map”. The Samford Quartet has performed together in England, France, the Dominican Republic, and throughout the United States. They performed a successful Carnegie Hall recital in 2016. In addition to performing standard quartet literature, the quartet is also interested in playing very new music, Appalachian music, and sacred music. In the spring of 2016, they gave the world premiere of Joel S. Davis’ first string quartet: Vespers. The Samford Quartet has also taken the initiative to play for thousands of students in schools across the United States. The players interact with the students through performances, teaching and masterclasses.
The Samford String Quartet is made up of two married couples. They have previously held positions in major symphony orchestras, performed and taught at many music festivals, and performed as recitalists. As professors at Samford, they work closely with students in applied lessons, chamber music, orchestral studies and pedagogy. Samford University, founded in 1841, is a private university located in a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama.