Cardamom Quartet is a Boston-based ensemble engaged in reimagining the traditional canon and committed to sharing music with a wide variety of audiences.
The quartet performs new and old works, including pieces written by members in the ensemble, and a focus on music of women and non-binary composers. Cardamom Quartet has performed in libraries, art galleries, houses of worship, senior centers, school programs, farmers’ markets, and living rooms throughout New England. In 2017, they received a grant from Boston Cultural Council to lead an art-science residency with students at Boston Arts Academy. Cardamom Quartet has been featured on multiple series at the Boston Public Library and, in 2015 and 2016, they completed residencies at Avaloch Farm Music Institute. In 2014, Cardamom Quartet was the string quartet in residence at El Sistema Somerville, an immersive after-school music program for elementary school students.
The quartet members originally convened in late 2013 to read music together, and found a shared love of tea and all things cozy, which led them to name the quartet after the queen of spices: cardamom.
Lisa Goddard is an active performer and teacher based in Boston, where she earned a Master of Music degree at the New England Conservatory. Lisa holds Bachelors degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory in violin performance and Oberlin College in biology. An avid orchestral musician, Lisa recently joined the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and can be heard with the Portland Symphony in Maine and the Boston Ballet Orchestra. She served as concertmaster and principal second of the Spoleto Festival USA orchestra in her second and third seasons there, and played with the National Repertory Orchestra and Lucerne Festival Academy. Lisa is also fascinated by the roots of her instrument, and regularly performs with the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Grand Harmonie, and Emergence Quartet on baroque and classical violin. She has also performed with Boston Baroque and the Handel and Haydn Society. Lisa's primary teachers include Lucy Chapman, Marilyn McDonald, David Bowlin, and William Starr. She has performed in master classes for Vadim Gluzman, Lee-Chin Siow, and members of the Takacs, Cavani, and Chiara Quartets.
Rachel Panitch is a Boston-based violinist, improviser, composer, and teacher. She has been an artist-in-residence in neighborhoods, in schools, and in Zion National Park. She was chosen as a 2015-16 Jubilation Fellow, a national award recognizing “individuals with an exceptional talent for helping young people feel fully alive through rhythm." In 2009, Rachel founded Rhode Island Fiddle Project, a free music program teaching traditional fiddle and dance music to students ages 7-17. Rachel continues to work with Community MusicWorks in Providence, RI, where she completed a Fellowship which inspired and incubated RI Fiddle Project. Rachel also performs with singer/story-teller Bill Harley, and with Thread Ensemble: an improvisatory trio of violins, voices and vibraphone. Rachel received her Masters of Music in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory in 2013. A graduate of Vassar College, Rachel completed work in Anthropology focusing on aural learning in folk music communities. She has studied with Carla Kihlstedt, Hankus Netsky, Nicholas Kitchen and Tanya Kalmanovitch.
Born in Vermont, violist Eve Boltax is an active performer and teaching artist in the Boston area. She is a founding member of the saxophone and viola duo, patchtax, who collaborates frequently with a wide variety of artists across various disciplines. As a performer of new music she can be heard with the Equillibrium Ensemble, Callithumpium Ensemble, and Strange Interlude. She also performs regularly with the classical period orchestra Grand Harmonie. As a teaching artist, she works with the Boston Arts Academy, the Broad Institute, and has trained at Lincoln Center Education. Her 2015 season includes residencies at the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Saratoga, Wyoming, and Avaloch Farm in Boscawen, New Hampshire. She received her Master of Music degree at the Longy School of Music as a student of Dimitri Murrath and was the recipient of the President's Award for Teaching Artistry.
Ariel Friedman is a multi-genre cellist, composer and educator. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2008 where she studied cello performance with Hans Jorgen Jensen, and received a Masters of Music in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory in 2011. A winner of ASTA’s 2009 Alternative Styles Award, Ariel is steeped in the music of American roots traditions, early jazz and a broad range of classical repertoire. She tours the U.S. and abroad with her sister as Ari & Mia, highly acclaimed as Boston's Americana sister act, and has performed with many other groups including Scottish National Fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel, supergroup Childsplay, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra group, Classical Tangent. In high demand as an educator, Ariel is a Resident Artist both at the Conservatory Lab Charter School and at YOFES (Youth and Family Enrichment Services) — two of Boston’s many El Sistema-inspired, equal access music programs — and has taught at music camps and workshops from New England to New Zealand.