Praised as a "vital force among chamber music ensembles," the Rossetti String Quartet is renowned for its highly sophisticated, sensual sound and extensive range of colors. The Quartet's compelling stage presence and fresh, innovative style have won its members a devoted following throughout the United States. National appearances are numerous, and include the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the 92nd St Y, Carnegie Hall, and the Library of Congress to name a few. Internationally, the Rossetti String Quartet has performed for audiences in England, France, Germany, Holland, Mexico and the Netherlands.
Co-founded in 1996 by violinist Henry Gronnier and violist Thomas Diener, the Rossetti String Quartet is named after 19th century Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti, whose artistic ideals about the use of color, poetry, and naturalism are embodied in the Quartet's music making. Cellist Eric Gaenslen and violinist Timothy Fain complete the group. Each member of the Quartet is an accomplished musician in their own right, and the musical depth and creative insight each artist brings to the group allows the Quartet to create the intimate, provocative atmosphere that has become their trademark. Champions of new music, the Rossetti String Quartet's repertoire, while firmly based in the classic and romantic string quartet literature, also extends to contemporary works.
The Rossetti String Quartet's artistry has been noticed by individual artists and classical music organizations alike, resulting in various collaboration and residencies. Individual artists with whom the quartet have collaborated include pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, flutist Paula Robison and guitarist Pepe Romero. In addition to the group's current residency at the Carlsen Center in Overland Park, Kansas, the Rossetti String Quartet has also served as Artists-in-Residence at Caramoor and the Ventura Chamber Music Festival.