Juilliard presents the best of this year’s Juilliard String Quartet Seminar Week of coaching and rehearsing with two FREE concerts on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM in the School’s Paul Hall. The annual week-long seminar, which coincides with The Juilliard School’s commencement week, this year brings promising string quartets from across the country to Juilliard, where they receive intensive coaching with members of the Juilliard String Quartet. Each ensemble works with two members of the Juilliard String Quartet in two coaching sessions per day covering quartet repertoire and technique. Ample time to rehearse and interact is included in their schedule. The Aeolus Quartet, Aïzuri Quartet, Centre Street Quartet, Kubrick Quartet, PUBLIQuartet, and Rosco String Quartet have been selected to participate in this year’s seminar. The Aeolus Quartet was recently named Juilliard’s graduate resident quartet, and they will begin their Lisa Arnhold Residency at Juilliard in September 2013.
The quartets have chosen specific works for their coaching during the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, and this year’s repertoire includes: Bartók’s String Quartet No. 1 in A Minor and No. 5 in B-flat Major; Beethoven’s “Razumovsky” String Quartets: String Quartets, Op. 59, No. 1 and No. 2; Debussy’s String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10; Haydn’s String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 20, No. 5; Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 6 in F Minor, Op. 80; Nielsen’s String Quartet No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 14; Schnittke’s String Quartet No. 3; and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887.
At the end of the week, the best works are selected for the two free concerts on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM in Juilliard’s Paul Hall (155 West 65th Street) that mark the close of the 2012-13 performance season at Juilliard. No tickets are required for these FREE concerts. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to events.juilliard.edu.
The Aeolus Quartet was recently announced as The Juilliard School’s next graduate resident quartet, beginning September 2013. The prestigious appointment as Lisa Arnhold Fellows at Juilliard includes coaching with the Juilliard String Quartet and an annual solo recital in Alice Tully Hall each season. Their Arnhold recital next May 5, 2014 will be the Aeolus Quartet’s New York recital debut. The Aeolus Quartet has received numerous prior awards. They were selected as the winner of the 2013 Fischoff Educator Award, and were grand prizewinners of the 2011 Plowman Chamber Music Competition and 2011 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. The Quartet was 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. They have two albums of classical and contemporary works through the Longhorn/Naxos label. Highlights of the Aeolus Quartet’s 2012-13 season included 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 will perform on 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, 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 Earl Carlyss, in 2009. 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 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. Members of the Aeolus Quartet are Nicholas Tavani and Rachel Shapiro, violins; Gregory Luce, viola; and Alan Richardson, cello.
Formed in the fall of 2012, the Aïzuri Quartet is a culmination of years of music-making between its members, from their studies together at the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, to their collaborations at chamber music festivals such as Marlboro, Caramoor, and the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute. Individual members of the Quartet have won top prizes in competitions such as the Primrose International Viola Competition and Astral Artists National Auditions, and have collaborated with renowned artists Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Richard Goode, Kim Kashkashian, and Mitsuko Uchida, among others. They have appeared throughout North America and Europe with a diverse range of ensembles including the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra, Curtis on Tour, Musicians from Marlboro, The Knights, A Far Cry, and counter)induction. Members of the Aïzuri Quartet are violinists Miho Saegusa and Zoe Martin-Doike, violist Ayane Kozasa, and cellist Karen Ouzounian.
The Centre Street Quartet was formed in 2011 by Michelle Shin (violin), Lucinda Chiu (violin), Dmitri Yevstifeev (viola), and Timothy Mar (cello) at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. They currently all are sophomores studying with Victor Danchenko, Soovin Kim, Victoria Chiang, and Alison Wells, respectively. As a quartet, they have worked with esteemed musicians such as Maria Lambros, Michael Kannen, Seth Knopp, Violaine Melançon, Leon Fleisher, Joe Burgstaller, and members of the Orion, Jupiter, Arianna, Cavani, and Cassatt string quartets. In 2012, Centre Street Quartet was selected as one of the Honors Chamber Ensembles at the Peabody Institute. In the summer of 2013, Centre Street Quartet will attend the Madeline Island Music Festival as one of two Fellowship String Quartets.
The Kubrick Quartet was formed in 2011 at the Peabody Conservatory and has been selected as one of the School’s Honors Ensembles for two consecutive years in 2011 and 2012. The Quartet has displayed a high level of performance, both technically and musically, in its short time as a quartet. They participated in the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar last May 2012, the Beethoven Institute in the summer of 2012, the Robert Mann String Quartet Institute Seminar in 2013, as well as performances in Baltimore and New York City. In both master classes and coachings, the Kubrick Quartet has worked with the Takács, Orion, Jupiter, Juilliard, American, and Brentano string quartets. They will attend the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the Aldeburgh Festival in the summer of 2013. The Kubrick Quartet also works actively to reach new audiences in their community in Baltimore. Their most recent projects include participation in Classical Revolution Baltimore, the Ivy Bookshop concert series, and various performances at the Kimmel Cancer Center of Johns Hopkins Hospital. All members of Kubrick Quartet currently are pursuing either bachelor or master’s degrees at the Peabody Conservatory. Their mentors are Michael Kannen and Maria Lambros. Members of the Kubrick Quartet are Orin Laursen and Alan Choo, violins; Dian Zhang, viola; and Javier Iglesias Martin, cello.
Through creative and interactive programming, as well as a deep commitment to audience inclusion, PUBLIQuartet (PQ) injects fresh perspective into classical music. Hailing from the Mannes College of Music and the Eastman School of Music, the members of PUBLIQuartet contribute a collective background in classical, jazz, world, and electroacoustic performance. They present standard and rare music from the classical repertoire, as well as contemporary compositions and open-form improvisations that expand, explore, and extend the stylistic norms of the traditional string quartet. Formed in spring 2010, PUBLIQuartet aims to present the contemporary voices of New York City. With a focus on newly composed works by New York City’s emerging and established composers, PUBLIQuartet performs in a variety of venues from Lincoln Center, to homes, cafes, and community spaces, and is presented by the American Composers Orchestra, Queens College, Music of Now Marathon, Turtle Bay Music School, the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, Circles and Lines, and the Ridotto Concert Series. They have collaborated with members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), New York City’s new-wave staple Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin, and internationally acclaimed pianist Aksel Kolstad. They can be heard on the soundtrack for the upcoming film installation, THRU|LINES, featuring 24 New Yorkers in 24 hours on 24 screens. PUBLIQuartet participated in the 2011 Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, Deer Valley Music Festival's "Emerging Quartets and Composers" program in Utah, Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, and most recently the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. They have worked with members of the Muir, Juilliard, Orion, Mendelssohn, Tokyo, American, and Brentano string quartets, as well as acclaimed composers Joan Tower and Butch Morris. PUBLIQuartet’s strength is found in its ability to connect with listeners, through audience dialogue and involvement. PQ was a featured artist for the Socrates Sculpture Park's annual gala, supporting “strong interaction between artists, artworks, and the public.” Their new concert series, MIND|THE|GAP, explores ways to connect old and new music by bridging musical content through improvisation. Current and upcoming projects include further exploration into their MIND|THE|GAP concert series and the inaugural emerging composers’ competition, PUBLIQ Access. Members of the PUBLIQuartet are Curtis Stewart and Jannina Norpoth, violins; Nick Revel, viola; and Amanda Gookin, cello.
Formed in 2012 and based in Salt Lake City, the Rosco String Quartet is the official graduate string quartet of the University of Utah’s School of Music, its members having had an abundance of previous string quartet training and experience. Together they have received instruction from the Brentano, Fry Street, Elias, and Bennewitz string quartets, and individually with members of the Takács, Doric, Biava, and Miró quartets; Dr. Hasse Borup is their primary coach. In addition, they draw experience from participating in Aspen and Garth Newel music festivals, Encore, and National Repertory Orchestra. Community involvement is a priority for the Roscoe String Quartet, and they recently performed as part of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts Chamber Music Series, recorded a live performance on the “Highway 89” program for Classical 89 Radio. They give several concerts each year at educational institutions in the Salt Lake area to promote classical music awareness for young people. Members of the Rosco String Quartet have played in several regional orchestras in the United States including the Orchestra at Temple Square, the Loudoun Symphony in Virginia, and the York Symphony in Pennsylvania, and continue to perform in several outreach concerts each year. Rosco String Quartet prides itself on its involvement in the performance of new music and lesser-known works. Currently performing the Carl Nielsen String Quartet No. 3, the Quartet also recently performed Lekeu’s Meditation for String Quartet, Bloch’s Paysages, as well as compositions by Haruhito Miyagi, John Shelby, and other young composers. They currently are working with composer Nathaniel Eschler who is writing a piece specifically for them. The members of the Rosco String Quartet -- violinists Jakob Hofer and Melissa Combe, violist Sunny Johnson, and cellist Lauren Posey -- all are pursuing advanced performance degrees at the University of Utah School of Music. They hold degrees in music performance from the Peabody Conservatory, the USC Thornton School of Music, the Brigham Young University School of Music, and the Utah State University School of Music.
JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET SEMINAR, MAY 20-24, 2013
Featuring Six String Quartets and Culminating in Two FREE Lincoln Center Concerts
FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2013 AT 3:30 PM AND AT 7:30 PM
Juilliard’s Paul Hall (155 West 65th Street, 1st Floor, NYC)
Participating String Quartets:
Centre Street Quartet
Rosco String Quartet
Program to include works selected from this repertoire:
BARTÓK String Quartet No. 1 in A Minor and No. 5 in B-flat Major
BEETHOVEN “Razumovsky” String Quartets: String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1 and
String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2
DEBUSSY String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10
HAYDN String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 20, No. 5
MENDELSSOHN String Quartet No. 6 in F Minor, Op. 80
NIELSEN String Quartet No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 14
SCHNITTKE String Quartet No. 3
SCHUBERT String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887
FREE; no tickets are required. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to events.juilliard.edu.