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~ 2023 Festival Educational Residencies ~

The 2023 Educational group joining the Pierrot Chamber Music Festival for masterclasses and informal performances for Festival Participants is The Pelia String Quartet.


Educational Residencies

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The Pelia String Quartet
Nathan Cottrell, cello ~ Heejeon Ahn, Delphine Skene; violin ~ Sung Jin Lee, viola

The Pelia String Quartet was formed through the Emerson String Quartet Institute at Stony Brook University in 2019. In the first few months of playing together in its current formation and following the 2020 pandemic, the Pelia Quartet participated and received a special prize in the 2021 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, a bronze medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and were winners of the Ackerman Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet has appeared at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, and Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland. They have collaborated with artists David Shifrin, John Bruce Yeh, Tim McAllister, and Nicholas Phan. 

The Pelia Quartet served as the resident string quartet for the SUNY Artist Residency in 2020-2021. The year-long residency focused on enriching and mentoring young musicians. Members of Pelia String Quartet taught private lessons, coached chamber ensembles, and created a curriculum of lectures and demonstrations. The quartet specifically designed the curriculum to teach aspects of playing in a string quartet and how to work together in a chamber ensemble. 

The Pelia Quartet has received masterclass instruction from members of the Mirò and Vogler Quartets and Heime Muller, Valentin Erben among others, and continues to receive guidance from the Emerson String Quartet. 

Upcoming appearances include a performance of Schubert’s Cello Quintet with Colin Carr at Stony Brook University and the Schumann Piano Quintet with Hiroko Sakurazawa at the PianoPlus! Series in Woodstock, NY. 

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