Nina von Maltzahn 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).
Quartet in Residence: Zorá String Quartet
The Zorá String Quartet is quartet in residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, where it gives its debut residency recital in the fall of 2016. Also in the 2016–17 season, the Zorá debuts with Curtis on Tour, gives recitals in New York and Washington, D.C. on the Young Concert Artists Series, and performs throughout the U.S.
The Zorá Quartet—violinists Dechopol Kowintaweewat and Seula Lee, violist Pablo Muñoz Salido, and cellist Zizai Ning—won the grand prize and gold medal at the 2015 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. As a result, they toured the Midwest and appeared at the 2016 Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy. Also in 2015, they won the Coleman National Chamber Music Competition and the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
In 2016 the Zorá Quartet participated in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Encounters program, concluding with a performance at Alice Tully Hall, and appeared at Chamber Music Northwest and the Oregon Music Festival. They have also participated in chamber music residencies at the Banff Centre (Canada); in the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Connecticut); and in the Advanced Quartet Studies program of the Aspen Music Festival, where they worked intensively with Earl Carlyss, the Takács Quartet, the Pacifica Quartet, and the American String Quartet. They previously served as graduate quartet in residence at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, working with the Pacifica Quartet and Atar Arad. In 2014 they were string quartet in residence at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany. Their name, “Zorá,” means “sunrise” in Bulgarian.
Curtis is grateful to the following donors who have provided generous funding to pilot the school's string quartet program: Henry Arnhold, Nina Baroness von Maltzahn, Bob and Guna Mundheim, and Phil and Eli Taylor.