Brother and sister Nicolas and Yumi Kendall, their cousin Daniel Foster, and Nurit Bar-Josef founded The Dryden String Quartet in Washington, DC in 2002. The quartet distinguishes itself by combining its members’ remarkably accomplished and varied musical lives into a unified and vibrant ensemble, which has received critical praise for its “spectacular” and “thrilling” performances. Ms. Bar-Josef has been the Concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra since 2001. Mr. Foster shares the stage with Ms. Bar-Josef as the National Symphony’s Principal Violist, a title he has held since 1995. Ms. Kendall has been the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2004. Mr. Kendall, who has established an active solo career, also displays a range of musical interests encompassing a broad variety of styles, which he explores with his trio Time For Three. He is also a founding member of the conductor-less ensemble East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO).
Each member of the quartet brings a rich chamber music background to the group. Ms. Bar-Josef has performed at the Taos, Caramoor, Garth Newel, Strings in the Mountains and Portland chamber music festivals, and the Kendalls and Mr. Foster have performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, among others.
The quartet’s performances included a critically acclaimed appearance at The Curtis Institute of Music, on its Alumni Recital Series, as well as their New York debut on the Schneider Concerts series. They have also performed at the Kennedy Center, the University ofMaryland, the Beethoven Society, at the German Embassy in Washington, DC, and the Friends of Chamber Music of Reading.
The Dryden’s first performance, at the Netherlands Embassy, honored the late John Kendall—the grandfather of both the Kendalls and Mr. Foster—who was a well-respected violin pedagogue perhaps best known for being one of the pioneers of the Suzuki method in the United States. In May 2004 the Drydens were the featured performers at the Suzuki Association of the Americas conference in Minneapolis.