The Israel String Quartet was founded in 1957 by four musicians from the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Although all the original members have changed since then, it has always been one of Israel's finest chamber music ensembles.
All Quartet members play in the Israel Philharmonic, including the Concertmaster of the Orchestra (who has been the First Violin of the Quartet since 1978), as well as the Principal Cellist.
Since it was founded, the ISQ has remained faithful to its goals: to bring the best of chamber music to as many listeners as possible in Israel and abroad, and to present, in addition to the regular classical-romantic repertoire, a wide selection of contemporary music, in general, and Israeli compositions, in particular.
The Quartet is regularly invited to perform in Israel and abroad and has toured in Europe, North America, Australia and Japan.
The Israel String Quartet has recorded for international labels, such as RCA, JOD, Nami, Domusic and Quintone, as well as for major broadcasting services.
The ISQ has given chamber music master-classes in various festivals in Israel, the Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia and Japan. Since 2011, the Quartet has had its own chamber music concert series at the Chelouche Gallery For Contemporary Art in Tel-Aviv. The ISQ performs most concerts there, as well as hosting other celebrated musicians.
In 2013 the ISQ has released a new CD for the Dutch Quintone label, which includes all three string quartets by Juan Arriaga.