The Alexander String Quartet is situated in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, but was originally formed in NEW YORK in 1981; the group includes Zakarias Grafilo and Frederick Lifsitz on violins, Paul Yarbrough on viola, and Sandy Wilson on cello. The group produced a direct effect early, earning the Concert Performers Guild Competition in 1982 as well as the London International String Quartet Competition in 1985. In 1996, the Alexander String Quartet started to record the entire Beethoven string quartet routine for the German Arte Nova label; released like a box occur 1999, these shows had been well received by critics world-wide. Since 2004, the Alexander String Quartet offers recorded because of its personal Foghorn Classics label, with produces including a traversal from the Shostakovich string quartet routine another Beethoven routine. Because of its 30th wedding anniversary, the Quartet commissioned a function for mezzo-soprano and quartet from Jake Heggie, premiered in Feb 2012. The Alexander String Quartet provides performed in concert thoroughly inside the continental U.S., but its moves took the group to European countries several times also to concert halls in the Pacific Rim, aswell.