Hailed for "playing with style and sophistication" by The Strad magazine and for "combining true rhythmic precision, beautiful intonation, and beautiful articulation with an excellent sense of balance and deeply satisfying musical phrasing" by American Record Guide, Serafin String Quartet debuted at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and has consistently received superlatives in the press and ovations by audiences around the nation, including sellout crowds at repeat performances in New York City's Weill Recital Hall and recent performances at St. John's, Smith Square—London, Philadelphia's Annenberg Center for the Arts and the Delaware Chamber Music Festival.
The July 2013 Naxos release of Serafin String Quartet's features world premier recordings of early chamber works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon. Higdon comments, "I am inspired by this amazing CD. What performances—just stunning! The pieces sound even better than they did in my head! Bravo to Serafin!" The quartet's debut recording (Centaur Records 2010), considered an "American Tapestry," includes works by American composers and composers influenced by American sounds, including Barber, Dvorák, Gershwin and William Grant Still.
Through its role as quartet-in-residence for the University of Delaware, the Serafins regularly reach young musicians through a variety of performances and instructional activities on campus and beyond. The quartet frequently visits communities, colleges and universities around the United States to present concerts, master classes and lecture-recitals.
Serafin String Quartet takes its name from master violin maker, Sanctus Serafin, who in 1728 crafted the violin currently played by Kate Ransom. The other members play Testore instruments from the same era, thanks to generous support from Dr. William Stegeman.