Tom Stone was a founding member of the Cypress String Quartet and performed thousands of concerts throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Praised by Gramophone for “artistry of uncommon insight and cohesion,” and by the NY Times for “tender, deeply expressive” interpretations, they recorded over 15 albums and are heard regularly on hundreds of radio stations throughout the world. The CSQ was heard on the Netflix original series “House of Cards,” and collaborated with leading artists ranging from Michael Franti of Spearhead to modern dance companies.
“This young quartet is among the most impressive I have heard in modern sound “
– Stereophile (reviewing CSQ’s “Beethoven: The Late String Quartets”)
The CSQ created a niche in the world arts community as one of the most passionate, insightful, and innovative ensembles of their time. In addition to definitive interpretations of masters such as Beethoven, the CSQ commissioned some of the most important composers of its time including Kevin Puts, Philippe Hersant, Jennifer Higdon, George Tsontakis, and Elena Ruehr.
Mr. Stone was born in Chicago where he studied music with Hilel Kagan. At age 16 he attended Tanglewood where he coached with Eugene Lehner of the Kolisch Quartet and played in an orchestra under the direction of Leonard Bernstein. After this experience, his focus on music became increasingly intense. Mr. Stone went on to pursue musical studies at the Eastman School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. His major teachers have included Donald Weilerstein, Gyorgy Sebok, and Merry Peckham. Mr. Stone has also performed in masterclasses for Issac Stern and members of the Amadeus, Cleveland, Emerson, Juilliard and LaSalle Quartets. He has performed with many distinguished artists including Awadagin Pratt, Leon Fleisher, Zuill Bailey, Jon Nakamatsu, and Donald Weilerstein.
Mr. Stone is currently artistic director of the Eureka Chamber Music Series and has served as artistic director of the Centrum Chamber Music Festival and has also served as board treasurer of InterMusic SF, and board member of Chamber Music America. Mr. Stone has also served as Vice-President for Strategic Initiatives at Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale. Dedicated to mentoring and training the next generation of exceptionally talented musicians, Mr. Stone has mentored the prize winners of the Banff international String Quartet Competition and was a visiting artist at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, University of California Berkeley and other elite universities.
Recently Mr. Stone formed the piano trio “Duende” with award winning pianist Awadagin Pratt and cellist Sophie Shao. In addition to performing and teaching, he currently works as a consultant for individuals and institutions wishing to acquire or sell rare string instruments.
Mr. Stone plays on a violin made in Cremona, Italy by Carlos Bergonzi circa 1725.