The US composers Leo Ornstein and Amy Cheney Beach performed their works with the quartet, the former in 1916 and the latter in 1917 and 1918. Other programs offered works by Goossens, Vaughan Williams, Schoenberg (Opus 7, the Canadian premiere 31 May 1915), Beethoven (the late quartets), and von Kunits himself (February or March 1915). When the academy amalgamated with the TCM in 1924, the quartet ceased to exist. That same year von Kunits joined the Conservatory String Quartet, whose other members were Louis Gesensway (violin), Eugene Hudson (viola), and Leo Smith (cello). When Hudson and Gesensway left in 1927, the quartet disbanded. A second Conservatory String Quartet was formed in 1929 with different personnel.
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