The quartet in residence performs two recitals annually and is closely mentored by the award-winning Dover Quartet, who carefully attend to the performance standards of the group. The quartet has periodic coachings with other members of Curtis’s renowned faculty. The ensemble is expected to perform in master classes for guest quartets and other artists who may visit Curtis. Quartet members participate in concerts of contemporary music with Curtis’s Ensemble 20/21 and perform in locations around the globe with Curtis on Tour.
The quartet also participates 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 coach and perform with students who are part of the Young Artists Initiative (those of high school age and younger).
The quartet program was established in 2013 and has graduated ensembles that are pursuing fast-rising and global careers, including the Dover, Aizuri, Zorá, and Vera quartets. Accolades include Grammy Award nominations, the Avery Fisher Career Grant, top prizes from the M Prize Competition and Astral Artist’s National Auditions, and recognition in the New York Times, among others.
Curtis is grateful to the donors who provided generous funding to pilot the school’s string quartet program: Henry Arnhold, Nina Baroness von Maltzahn, Bob and Gina Mundheim, and Phil and Eli Taylor.