12th BISQC Quartet News
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We caught up with our 2016 BISQC quartets to see what they're up to following the exciting competition.
Following BISQC, the Aelous Quartet had another Alberta performance at the Honens Festival in Calgary before they headed south to perform at the Fayetteville Chamber Music Festival in Texas. During the 2016-17 season, the Aeolus Quartet will have a number of appearances as part of the Bargemusic series in Brooklyn, performances with Spectrum Dance and Donald Byrd in Austin, TX, and a number of other concerts in the U.S.
The Argus Quartet has a busy season ahead as Ernst Stiefel Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, where they will present the U.S. premiere of Zosha Di Castri’s commissioned quartet in November! The quartet also recently began an appointment as the Yale School of Music’s Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence where they will be mentored by the Brentano String Quartet. This season, the Argus will appear at Carnegie Hall, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Oneppo Chamber Series with the Brentano Quartet.
Castalian String Quartet
Since Banff the Castilian has done anything but quartet! Daniel went on the holiday of a lifetime in Canada—driving through the Rockies and then taking the train to Vancouver—while the others played chamber music and operas back in Europe. This season, the quartet has concerts at Wigmore Hall, will be exploring and eating in various European and British cities between performances in various countries, touring Scotland—a country close to their hearts, collaborating with some great musicians at festivals, and generally feeling very lucky about what they do!
Following BISQC the Omer Quartet had a much appreciated two week break from the quartet—their "summer vacation," if you will. Upon resuming work with the quartet, the Omer played a concert at the Historic Portsmouth Series and spent a whole week reading a plethora of quartets to narrow down their season's repertoire. Now back in Boston to complete their final year at the New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Training Program under the mentorship of cellist Paul Katz, the quartet will be auditioning for other residency programs and international competitions.
Please check back for updates from Quartet Arpa.
Following BISQC, the quartet took a well-deserved two-week holiday before beginning their new season with two concerts in Germany. In the upcoming year QBT will have their second concert as the HSBC laureates of the Aix-en-Provence Festival, in the opera of the city Lille, France. QBT will then head to their Japanese tour, in which they will record the third CD of their "Bartok album,’’as well perform a number of concerts around Europe.
Rolston String Quartet
The RSQ had the opportunity to attend a Bartok String Quartet Seminar in Aldeburgh as part of the Britten-Pears Festival right after winning BISQC. Now, the quartet is back in Houston finishing up their final year as the graduate quartet-in-residence at Rice University. The quartet has a lot coming up in 2017 and are busily preparing for it! Some special highlights include the BISQC Winner’s tour of Europe in parts of Germany, Italy, France, Netherlands, Austria, and the Czech Republic, debut performances at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, and performing at the Montreal International Chamber Music Festival. The quartet has also been selected as a winner of the Astral Artists 2016 National Auditions. The RSQ is thrilled to join the roster of musicians past and present whose careers have been supported and guided by Astral, and BISQC will be working together with Astral to coordinate the RSQ’s BISQC Winner’s Tour to a number of major centres in the U.S. in 2017 and 2018.
Right after BISQC, the quartet started their new residency at Mt. Allison University in Sackville, N.B., which includes faculty concerts, chamber music coaching, and class visits. The Tesla has also been busy with another residency in Hickory, N.C. with the Western Piedmont Symphony—where they have their own recital series and give outreach programs to nearby colleges and schools. The quartet is excited to have just had their new publicity photos taken. In November the quartet goes on tour to China and Korea, and in January heads to the U.K. for a residency at the Britten-Pears Institute.
The Ulysses Quartet recently performed at a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Golden Record release—the record that was sent into space on the Voyager mission. The quartet also embarked on their Fischoff Gold Medal Tour of performances and master classes across the midwest. The upcoming year will see a number of concerts in eastern U.S. and Canada, and residencies at the Louis Moreau Institute in New Orleans and at Cornell University.
The Verona Quartet will be presented in a number of performances around the U.S. this fall, including one in the beautiful and historic Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, Maine just a week after BISQC. The quartet is very excited for their Carnegie Hall debut recital as part of the Concert Artists Guild Winners' Series in February as well as a recital at the Alice Tully Hall in New York City’s Lincoln Center in the spring of 2017.