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Tesla Quartet

Chamber Classics II
January 21, 2017     7:30 pm
Drendel Auditorium, SALT Block

Winner of the Gold Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Prizewinner in the 2012 London International String Quartet Competition and 2013 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, the Tesla Quartet was formed at The Juilliard School in 2008 and quickly established itself as one of the most promising young ensembles in New York, winning Second Prize at the J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition only a few months after its inception. The London Evening Standard called their rendition of the Debussy Quartet “a subtly coloured performance that balanced confidently between intimacy and extraversion,” and The Strad has praised them as “technically superb.” From 2009 to 2012 the quartet held a fellowship as the Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where they studied with the world-renowned Takács Quartet.
The quartet has enjoyed a busy performing schedule, both in the States and abroad, with appearances in Austria, England and France. Recent engagements include the Fischoff Gold Medal Winner’s Tour of the Midwest and performances as the Quartet-in-Residence at the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO, and in Montreal and Michigan. Other engagements in recent seasons include concerts in Chicago, Long Island, Salt Lake City, Lake Tahoe, Tennessee, Tulsa, and the quartet’s French debut in Provence through the ProQuartet European Chamber Music Center. Highlights of the upcoming 2014-15 season include the quartet’s West Coast debut as well as a return to London for a performance at Wigmore Hall.
Community involvement and outreach are integral parts of the Tesla Quartet’s mission, and the group has brought inspiring music to children’s hospitals, soup kitchens, libraries, retirement communities, and schools. The ensemble spent three years in partnership with the Aspen Music Festival’s Musical Odysseys Reaching Everyone program (M.O.R.E), providing lessons, master classes, workshops, and performances for young string players in the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado. As Quartet-in-Residence at the Strings Music Festival, the quartet provides community enrichment programs to the Steamboat Springs and Craig, CO, communities. The quartet has also coached a chamber music program in conjunction with the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras. In the summer of 2012 they were the faculty quartet at the Renova Music Festival in Pennsylvania.
In addition to their work with the Takács Quartet, the Tesla Quartet has worked with Günter Pichler and Rainer Schmidt in ProQuartet-CEMC’s professional training program. Additional coaches include the Tokyo String Quartet, the Artis Quartet, James Dunham, Curtis Macomber, Robert Mann, Sylvia Rosenberg, and Michael Tree, and members of the Alban Berg, Emerson, Endellion, Kronos and Leipzig String Quartets. Recently the quartet participated in an innovative workshop with laptop performance technology in collaboration with the Boulder Laptop Orchestra. It was also the central ensemble in a unique series of master classes on classical improvisation, presented by David Dolan of London’s Guildhall School. In the summer of 2011 the quartet held a fellowship at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and in 2010 they were fellows at the Aspen Music Festival’s Center for Advanced Quartet Studies.

“Though free to think and act, we are held together, like the stars in the firmament, with ties inseparable. These ties cannot be seen, but we can feel them.” – Nikola Tesla

These words are the inspiration behind the Tesla Quartet’s vision. For us, music is the conduit for this incredible, binding force. Through performance, teaching and outreach we strive to tap into this palpable feeling and create meaningful connections with our audience


Ross Snyder, Violin 

Michelle Lie, Violin

Edwin Kaplan, Viola

Serafim Smigelskiy, Cello



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