Our work with today's composers - be they young, emerging, or established - is central to our artistic mission. Each interaction brings new musical inspiration to the quartet as we act collaboratively to create the next generation of great works for string quartet. Through intensive rehearsal and dialogue involving challenging explorations of sound, time and style, we bring these works to life.

Samuel Carl Adams: String Quartet No. 2 “Current” (2016-19) Commissioned by Spektral Quartet and Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, with assistance from New Music USA and Andreas Waldburg Wolfegg

Marcos Balter: Chambers (2010) 

Eliza Brown: String Quartet No. 1 (2011)

New Work for String Quartet + Soprano (2019) Commissioned by Spektral Quartet and the Scrag Mountain Music Festival

Lisa Marie Coons: The Space Between (2019) This work was supported by a grant from the Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award (FRACAA), Western Michigan University (WMU). Support was also provided by the Kalamazoo Artistic Development Initiative, a program of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo.

Anthony Cheung: The Real Book of Fake Tunes (2015) with Claire Chase, flute Commissioned by the Fromm Foundation

Daniel Dehaan: Sterile Contaminant  (2012)

David Fulmer: David Fulmer - verse, verses (2017-20) Commissioned by Spektral Quartet and The Koussevitsky Music Foundation

Luke Gullickson: Pancho & Lefty by Townes Van Zandt (2014) (arrangement)

Chris Fisher-Lochhead: Dig Absolutely (2010)

I Never Learnt to Share by James Blake (2012) (arrangement)

Backwater Blues after Bessie Smith (2013)

Hack (2015) Commissioned by the Barlow Endowment

Stephen Gorbos: Passage Through the City (2013) Commissioned by High Concept Labs

Tomas Gueglio Saccone: Decals II (2015-6)

Ben Hjertmann: String Quartet No 2: Étude (2013)

Ryan Ingebritsen: 4x4 3 Birds (2014)

Tonia Ko: Plain, Air (2017) Commissioned by Spektral Quartet and Chamber Music America

Mikel Kuehn: String Quartet No. 1, “If on a winter’s night…” (2016) Commissioned by the Barlow Endowment

Julien Labro: Astor de Pibe by Diego Schissi (2014) (arrangement)

Charmaine Lee: New Work (2018)

George Lewis: String Quartet 1.5 “Experiments in Living” (2016) Commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University

Sky Macklay: Many Many Cadences (2014) Commissioned by the Walden School

Andrew McManus: Art of Almost by Wilco (2013) (arrangement)

pathways, bursting [neurosonics 2]  (2016)

Sam Pluta: binary momentary logics: flow state/joy state (2016) Commissioned by the Cliff Dwellers Club

Tomeka Reid: Prospective Dwellers (2014-15)

David Reminick: The Ancestral Mousetrap (2014)

Alex Temple: Behind the Wallpaper  (2013) with Julia Holter, voice

Hans Thomalla: Bagatellen (2015-16) Commissioned by the Ernst von Siemens Foundation

Augusta Read Thomas: New Work (2017) Commissioned by Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Enigma (2019) Commissioned by Spektral Quartet, Carnegie Hall, and Washington Performing Arts (Full version: video art by Sigurdur Gudjonsson)

Christopher Trapani: Isolario – Book of Known Islands (Vol. 2) (2019) Commissioned by Spektral Quartet and the Koussevitsky Music Foundation

Lee Weisert: Polychoron(b) (2015)

LJ White: New Work (2019)

Katherine Young: I’m Hiding Your Present From You by Arthur Russell (2013) (arrangement)

Miguel Zenón: Yo Soy La Tradición (2016) Commissioned by the Hyde Park Jazz Fest

Mobile Miniatures - A catalog of over 60 miniatures composed for use on mobile phones by Augusta Read Thomas, David Lang, Nico Muhly, Shulamit Ran,  Anna Thorvaldsdottir, George Lewis, and many others.

2019 recording session with composer Hans Thomalla (center) for his Bagatellen: written for us and commissioned by the Ernst von Siemens Foundation