Chamber Music Society welcomes Israeli group Aviv Quartet on Sunday

The Aviv Quartet consists of Sergey Ostrovsky, Philippe Villafranca, Noemie Bialobroda and Daniel Mitnitsky | Courtesy of Aviv Quartet

Kentucky’s oldest chamber music organization has no intention of slowing down. In fact, it’s just gearing up for another prolific year. The Chamber Music Society of Louisville hosts the internationally renowned Aviv Quartet from Israel on Sunday, making Louisville one of only two U.S. stops on the group’s world tour.

Founded in 1997, the Aviv Quartet takes on the classics with a fresh approach, focusing on the essence of notable names like Mozart, Shostakovich and Ravel. Tim Ashley of The Guardian wrote the group “is rapidly emerging as one of today’s finest chamber ensembles. Rich, warm and distinctive in sound, their playing combines technical exactitude with instinctive emotional intensity.”

Acton Ostling — director of programming for the Chamber Music Society and emeritus professor of music at the University of Louisville — tells Insider he’s been wanting to bring the quartet to Louisville for quite some time. After all, the goal of the Society has been to have all 15 of the Shostakovich string quartets play their concert series, and so far they’re at 13.

The Aviv Quartet is only playing two shows in the U.S. | Courtesy of Aviv Quartet

“The Aviv Quartet enthusiastically agreed to perform Shostakovich’s “10th,” leaving only one remaining quartet to be performed to complete the Shostakovich series,” he says.

Aviv — which means “spring” in Hebrew — is in the middle of a world tour, which takes them to Brooklyn before their Louisville appearance on Sunday, and then on to London and, finally, five shows in their native country.

The performance starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, at UofL’s Comstock Concert Hall. Tickets are $25, or $5 for students. A pre-concert talk begins at 2 p.m.