Formed in 2013, the Perseid String Quartet is dedicated to performing chamber music to the highest possible artistic standards, and to creating accessible and enjoyable concert experiences in the St. Louis community. The Perseids have previously appeared at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 560 Music Center, the Danforth University Center Concert Series, the Schmidt Art Gallery at Southwest Illinois College, the Kemper Art Museum, the Webster University Concert Series, and the Ladue Chapel Concert Series, as well as non-traditional venues such as Top Notch Violins and the Tavern of Fine Arts. Members of the quartet hold advanced degrees from the nation’s top music conservatories and are active performers and educators.
The Perseid Meteor shower occurs every year, as debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle enters the earth's atmosphere. The meteorites make for a dazzling show from Mid-July through August, yet each is only between the size of a grain of sand and a marble. We thought that was an appropriate metaphor for what we do as musicians. Each of us plays our small part, but when put together, it can create something spectacular that everyone can enjoy. Our group formed around the peak of the annual Perseid shower, and coincidentally, the constellation Perseus resembles a person with a little hat playing the violin.