The Quartet

SmilingThe Lark Quartet continues to delight audiences with its energy, passionate commitment and artistry since its inception in 1985. The Lark has performed in many of the world’s great cultural centers including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Library of Congress, London’s Wigmore Hall, L’Opéra de la Bastille in Paris, and appeared at international festivals including Lockenhaus, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Mostly Mozart, Istanbul Festival, Wolftrap and the Beethoven Festival in Moscow. Promising to deliver “a performance of grace, proportion and burnished brilliance” (The Washington Post), The Lark Quartet offers audiences new insights into the art of chamber music through programs that begin with the ensemble virtuosity of the western tradition and continue into recent music from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, all while regularly sharing the stage with dynamic collaborators.

The Lark has a distinguished tradition of working closely with the country’s most celebrated composers and commissioning new works, many of which have become mainstays of the chamber music repertoire. This history includes works such as Billy in the Darbies by William Bolcom with Stephen Salters, baritone; Scenes from the Poet’s Dreams by Jennifer Higdon with Gary Graffman, piano; Quartet no. 1 Musica celestis and Quartet no. 2 Musica instrumentalis (winning the 1997 Pulitzer Prize) by Aaron Jay Kernis; Piano Quintet by Paul Moravec with Jeremy Denk, Quartet no. 2 In Memoriam and Piano Quintet no. 2, by Peter Schickele; Early That Summer by Julia Wolfe; Viaggio in Italia by Giovanni Sollima; Intarsio by Glen Velez and Big Time by Nico Muhly (commissioned by the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival) for Lark and Yousif Sheronick, percussion.  The Quartet continues to build on its commitment to providing free concerts of great music presented with intelligence and vitality through its series Lark About Town. These family concerts, free to all and open to the public, will be held throughout the city of New York, Westchester and New Jersey.

With a discography comprising more than a dozen CDs, the Lark has recorded for the Decca/Argo, Arabesque, Bridge, ERI, Endeavor, Koch, Point and New World labels. Lark Quartet: Composing America, comprising works by Adams, Bolcom, Moravec and Copland, was released on Bridge Records in 2014 to international acclaim. WQXR of New York said of the quartet’s 2013 release of An Exaltation of Larks: Music of Jennifer Higdon: “the strings soar as a single entity” and chose it as Album of the Week upon its release in March of 2013. The Lark served as Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst from 2004-08 and has performed and taught as part of residencies across the United States. The Lark Quartet members, Deborah Buck and Basia Danilow, violins, Kathryn Lockwood, viola and Caroline Stinson, cello, all live in the New York City area with their families.

Deborah Buck, violin 1

Described as performing with a surpassing degree of imagination and vibrant sound, violinist Deborah Buck has built a strong and varied musical career.  Since 2009, she has served as the tenured concertmaster of the Brooklyn Philharmonic which recently commissioned a solo piece by Randall Woolf,  Gandharba’s Song. Ms. Buck has distinguished herself as a unique and versatile violinist while proving equal ease in performing with artists like Itzhak Perlman and Erikah Badu. Ms. Buck has recorded for Motion Picture, Television, and was the soloist in Turner Classics, The Scarlett Letter. Her recitals have been heard in broadcasts around the U.S., and she has been a soloist with orchestras including the Little Orchestra Society, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the West Virginia Symphony. Ms. Buck is Assistant Professor of Violin at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music and serves with her husband, Anthony Mazzocchi, as the Co-Executive Director of the Kinhaven Music School. Ms. Buck performs on a violin by Vincenzo Postiglione, graciously on loan by Ray and Marcia Corwin.

Basia Danilow, violin 2

Ms. Danilow enjoys a diverse musical life encompassing chamber music, recording, orchestral and solo performances in the US and abroad. A winner of the Artists International Competition she has appeared in recital at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and the Kosciuszko Foundation as well as in Yugoslavia and Russia. In addition to her busy schedule as a member of the internationally acclaimed Lark Quartet, Ms Danilow is concertmaster of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra often appearing as soloist, a member of the Orchestra of St. Lukes and performs regularly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Radio and television broadcasts include WQXR, NPR’s “Performance Today”, Vermont Public Radio and PBS. She regularly appears at numerous festivals such as Caramoor, Lincoln Center Festival, Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, Windham, Music Festival of the Hamptons, the International Summer Institute at the Moscow Conservatory and has recorded for Sony, Atlantic, RCA Victor Red Seal and Bridge Records.

Kathryn Lockwood, viola

Kathryn Lockwood has been hailed as a violist of exceptional talents in reviews around the country and abroad for her performances as a chamber musician and soloist.  Formerly a founding member of the Pacifica Quartet, she currently performs with the Lark Quartet, duoJalal with percussionist and husband Yousif Sheronick, and teaches at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.  Kathryn is frequently invited back to her homeland of Australia to perform with the Camerata of St.John’s and to teach at her alma mater school at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.   CD credits include a solo CD of Viola Music by Inessa Zaretsky, “Fireoptics”, duoJalal’s “A Different World”, and several Lark and Pacifica Quartet recordings.    Kathryn plays on an unknown Italian viola from the 18th Century Brescian School and performs during the summer for the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble in NC, Elm City ChamberFest in CT and at the Telluride ChamberFest in CO.

Caroline Stinson, cello

Praised for her vibrant lyricism, fresh interpretations and expressive performances, cellist Caroline Stinson is sought after in the US, Canada and Europe as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician for concerts of traditional and contemporary repertoire. Ms. Stinson’s solo invitations include the Museum of Modern Art’s Summergarden Series, Poisson Rouge and Bargemusic in New York City; Cité de la Musique Strasbourg and the Lucerne Festival in Europe, and the Centennial Centre and Winspear Halls in Canada. Caroline’s début CD, Lines, was released in 2011 on Albany Records and she has over a dozen chamber music recordings to her credit. She plays frequently in duo with Molly Morkoski, is a member of the new music and improvisation group Open End, and is co-Artistic Director of the Weekend of Chamber Music in NY with her husband Andy Waggoner. Caroline teaches cello and chamber music at The Juilliard School in New York City.


Board of Directors


As well as the artists themselves, Lark’s Board of Directors consists of a diverse group of extraordinary people. Their contribution and leadership is vital to the ongoing success of the Quartet. The Board Members are:

Josh Aronson
Simon Lipskar
Arthur Lubow
Vincent Mai (Chairman)
Priscilla Newman
Jack Rosenthal