Shortly after its foundation in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet won several competitions.
On its debut at London's Wigmore Hall, the ensemble won the first prize at the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Competition. Since 2014 the ensemble is quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music. The ensemble places particular emphasis on contemporary music, as evidenced by numerous commissioned works and world premieres, including works by Milton Babbitt, Chou Wen-Chung, Charles Wuorinen, Bruce Adolphe and Steven Mackey.
The Brentano String Quartet has performed on many prestigious stages in the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe as well as at the international festivals in Edinburgh, Bath and Salzburg. Together with pianist Mitsuko Uchida, the ensemble has performed at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Lincoln Center, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Cologne Philharmonic and with soprano Jessye Norman at Carnegie Hall. The quartet has released numerous CDs with works by Mozart, late string quartets by Beethoven and the quartets op. 71 by Joseph Haydn.