Artaria Mission

Artaria centers on string quartet performance and education in Minnesota.
It is committed to presenting inspiring live performances,
to mentoring string players of all ages, and to illuminating the world's great repertoire
of chamber music to a broad audience.


"As both performers and pedagogues, the members of the Artaria String Quartet are at the center of the Twin Cities string quartet scene."
Rob Hubbard Pioneer Press


Board of Directors

Karen Casanova, chair
Reading Partners, Exec. Dir.
ACMS parent

James Sophocleus, vice chair
Post Consumer Brands,
Business Unit Director

Essie Commers, Treasurer

Jane Giacobassi
MRA – The Management Association HR Director

Shira Burton
Attorney, Hennepin County Public Defender's Office

Artaria String Quartet
(ex officio)






ARTARIA (non-profit) was founded in 2014 as an instrument for garnering financial support for the unique chamber music projects directed by the Artaria String Quartet. Among the most prominent activities are the following:

Your financial support of the Performing and Teaching activities of the Artaria String Quartet is essential. It provides the mechanism by which the ASQ can create and mentor chamber music in the Twin Cities. You can sponsor an ASQ educational event, a guest artist masterclass, or provide a scholarship to Stringwood or the Artaria Chamber Music School, or support the operations of the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition to name just a few opportunities.

Performing Musicians everywhere need a community of active and interested patrons that support the activities of the individual or group.

Artaria is that community.

Contact Karen Casanova, Board Chair, at

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The quartet's websites are: