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The Aeolus Quartet Becomes Juilliard's New Graduate Resident String Quartet

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Aeolus Quartet Members — Nicholas Tavani and Rachel Shapiro, Violins; Gregory Luce, Viola; and Alan Richardson, Cello — Will Coach With the Juilliard String Quartet and Teach During Juilliard's 2013-14 Academic Year as Lisa Arnhold Fellows; Juilliard Presents the Aeolus Quartet in Their NYC Recital Debut on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

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The Aeolus Quartet (Photo by Nathan Russell)
The Aeolus Quartet (Photo by Nathan Russell)

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The Juilliard School announced that the Aeolus Quartet has been named the School’s graduate resident string quartet, beginning in September 2013. Aeolus Quartet members, violinists Nicholas Tavani and Rachel Shapiro, violist Gregory Luce, and cellist Alan Richardson, formed the quartet in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music. The Quartet was recently selected as the winner of the 2013 Fischoff Educator Award.

The Aeolus Quartet makes their NYC recital debut on the Lisa Arnhold Memorial Recital, Monday, May 5, 2014 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. Part of the quartet’s residency award at Juilliard, the recital is named on behalf of the funder’s family member.

As Arnhold Fellows, the Aeolus Quartet has lessons with members of the Juilliard String Quartet, and they assist the Juilliard String Quartet with their ensemble and chamber music instruction, in addition to other teaching duties. Juilliard’s Arnhold residencies are one year in length, and a quartet is eligible to return once, for a maximum residency of two years. At the successful completion of the residency, Quartet members are awarded the Artist Diploma in String Quartet Studies at Juilliard, the School’s most advanced performance degree.

The Aeolus Quartet arrives early at Juilliard this month to once again participate as one of six ensembles coaching and performing in the Juilliard String Quartet’s annual seminar, held on May 20 - 24 and culminating in two, free concerts in Juilliard’s Paul Hall on Friday, May 24 at 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM. The Aeolus Quartet also participated in the seminar last May 2012.

The Quartet has released two critically praised albums of classical and contemporary works through the Longhorn/Naxos label, which are available on iTunes, Amazon, and from major retailers worldwide.

The Aeolus Quartet won the 2013 Fischoff Educator Award, recognizing the educational outreach work of Fischoff Competition alumni who have demonstrated outstanding and imaginative programming for children and youth, combining career and educational outreach in the United States. Dedicated to bringing music into communities, the Aeolus Quartet has served as teaching faculty at Stanford University's Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY), the Austin Chamber Music Workshop, and Da Camera of Houston's Music Encounters Program.

The Aeolus Quartet were grand prizewinners of the 2011 Plowman Chamber Music Competition and 2011 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. They were awarded first prize at the 2009 Coleman International Chamber Ensemble Competition, a silver medal at the 2011 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, and a bronze medal at the 2010 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in New England.

Highlights of the Quartet’s 2012-13 season includes multiple performances on the Smithsonian Institution’s rare instrument collection, extended residencies with the Chamber Music Society of Detroit and Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, and concerts at the Austin Chamber Music Festival. Additionally, they have been welcomed as part of the 2013-14 Live! On Stage Artist Roster.

The Quartet has performed across North America, Europe, and Asia, in venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (with others on the program), Reinberger Recital Hall at Severance Hall, Merkin Hall, the Library of Congress, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center. They participated in Aspen’s Center for Advanced Quartet Studies, led by Juilliard’s Earl Carlyss, in 2009.

The members of the Aeolus Quartet hold degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the University of Texas at Austin, where they served as the first graduate string quartet-in-residence. They are finishing up their doctoral degrees at the University of Maryland where they have been graduate fellowship string quartet-in-residence.

The Quartet is named for the Greek god, Aeolus, the keeper of the four winds. He is known for welcoming Odysseus and his crew with music during their journey back to Ithaca in Homer’s Odyssey.

For further information, visit the Aeolus Quartet’s Web site at: http://www.aeolusquartet.com/.

This season concludes the residency for the Attacca Quartet, who will be presented by Juilliard in an Alice Tully Hall recital, the Lisa Arnhold Memorial Recital, tonight, Tuesday, May 7 at 8 PM. For further information on this free recital, visit events.juilliard.edu.

Juilliard has offered residency to graduate string quartets since 1981, when the Colorado Quartet became the first to complete a two-year residency. Since the advent of the program, the graduate quartets-in-residence have included the Afiara, Attacca, Avalon, Biava, Calder, Cassatt, Chiara, Corigliano, Essex, Lark, Maia, Magellan (now renamed the Whitman String Quartet), Miró, St. Lawrence, and Shanghai.