Marcus Smolensky and Priscilla Auer, violins; Christopher Para, viola;  Rachel Kauffman, cello

Founded in 2011 by four friends

who share a passion for playing chamber music together. We met while playing musical engagements of all sorts, from orchestra concerts to fundraisers to weddings.  With the launching of the Metta Quartet, we are able to express our passion for chamber music and our friendship for one another.  Our name, Metta, comes from the Sanskrit. A word with many meanings, the one that fits our group best is 'close mental union' or 'to be on the same wavelength'.

Our mission is to share our passion for great string quartet music with audiences of all backgrounds, from sophisticated listeners to those who are just beginning their classical music journeys.  We particularly aim to perform for people 'where they live', whether at a homeless shelter, a hospital, or a senior center.  We believe that music enriches the human experience most when it is woven into the fabric of our lives.  In 2015, we were appointed the resident string quartet at Hershey Medical Center.

Our repertoire includes music of diverse cultures, historically under-represented composers, 20th century film music, and masterworks of the classical literature.