String Quartet Program
The Curtis String Quartet Program admits young quartets of extraordinary promise who, at the time of their audition, have been formed for at least one year. Ensembles admitted into this two-year diploma program will consist of excellent musicians both individually and collectively, have clear aspirations for a career as a professional quartet, and demonstrate an affinity for Curtis’s “learn by doing” approach to artistic development.
The quartet in residence performs two recitals annually and has coachings at least twice per week with a rotating group drawn from Curtis’s renowned faculty, who will carefully attend to the performance standards of the group. The ensemble is expected to perform in master classes for leading quartets and other artists who may visit Curtis. Quartet members will participate in concerts of contemporary music with the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble.
The quartet will also participate in Curtis’s Community Artists Program, designing and implementing a unique performance project that combines artistry with invention, leadership with advocacy, and citizenship with community.
As mentoring is an important dimension of the quartet program, quartet members will coach and perform with students who are part of the Young Artists Initiative (those of high school age and younger).
2013-14 Quartet in residence: dover quartet
Formed by students at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2008, the Dover Quartet swept the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, won the grand prize at the 2010 Fischoff Competition, and is now Curtis’s inaugural quartet in residence. The quartet draws from the musical lineage of both the Vermeer and Guarneri Quartets, while also bringing youthful enthusiasm and musical conviction to the repertoire that are truly its own. According to the Strad, the Dover musicians are ‘‘already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretative maturity, tonal refinement, and taut ensemble.’’
A prize-winner at the London International String Quartet Competition, the Dover Quartet has taken part in such festivals as Artosphere, La Jolla SummerFest, and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival; and has performed on several influential series, including the Washington Performing Arts Society, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Peoples’ Symphony, Schneider Concerts, Kneisel Hall, and the Houston Friends of Chamber Music. Its members have appeared as soloists with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, and BBC Concert Orchestra.
As quartet in residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, the group will appear nationally and internationally via Curtis On Tour through the 2013–14 season, in addition to maintaining an active performing schedule apart from Curtis. The quartet’s members will also mentor participants in Curtis’s Young Artists Initiative. Previously the Dover Quartet was graduate string quartet in residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas.