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~ 2024 Festival Educational Residencies ~

The 2024 Educational residencies for the Pierrot Chamber Music Festival for masterclasses and informal performances for Festival Participants include NU Quintet on July 23rd and The Pelia String Quartet on July 25th.


Educational Residencies

Master Classes with Special Guest Artists

July 23rd

NU Quintet

July 25th

Pelia Quartet

Each summer, guest artists present special master classes that focus on topics of interest to chamber musicians. Past special guest artists have included Lawrence Dutton, violist with the Emerson String Quartet, David Alan Miller, international known conductor and Music Director/Conductor of the Albany Symphony, and members of the Imani Winds. Past guest artists have included members of the Imani Winds; Erick Friedman, Elissa Lee Koljonen, Daniel Phillips, Todd Phillips, violinists and Timothy Eddy, cellist with the Orion String Quartet; Tara O’Connor, flutist with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Jeff Scott, hornist with Imani Winds, Erik Ralske, hornist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Richard King, principal horn of the Cleveland Symphony and Charles Barker, principal conductor of the American Ballet Theatre.  Special guest artists for 2024 to be announced.

Kim Lewis, flute ~ Michael Dwinell, oboe ~ Kathryn Vetter, clarinet ~ Blair Hamrick, horn ~ Tylor Thomas, bassoon

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Formed in 2021, Nu Quintet strives to establish a new tradition that celebrates and expands the wind quintet by reimagining the performance experience, repertoire, and classical music culture. As an ensemble, we want our performances to be engaging, accessible, and open a dialogue with the audience. We aim to support living composers writing for this genre by performing and recording their works as well as commissioning new ones. By doing so, we hope to aid in the creation of a new classical music culture and community that focuses on the voices of today. As of May, NU Quintet has 53 submissions for a "Call for Scores" and plans to start a new repertoire series in the fall.

NU Quintet has performed in the Chelsea Market, masterclasses with flute player Bart Feller, and coachings with bassoonist, Adrian Morejon.

Heejeon Ahn & Delphine Skene, violin ~ Sung Jin Lee, viola ~ Zhihao Wu, cello

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The Pelia String Quartet, formed at the Emerson String Quartet Institute of Stony Brook University in 2019, has consistently demonstrated exceptional musicality and achieved notable success. The quartet received a special prize at the 2022 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, a bronze medal at the 2022 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and won the 2022 Ackerman Chamber Music Competition.

A review from the Boston Musical Intelligencer commended the Pelia Quartet for its 'flawless ensemble and particularly fine balance,' underscoring the group's commitment to musical excellence. In 2023, the quartet served as the resident string quartet at Williams College, where they performed and also conducted masterclasses, furthering their engagement with students. Other residencies include the 2023 Pierrot Chamber Music Festival at Adelphi University, and in 2020, the quartet also served as the resident string quartet for the SUNY Artist Residency, showcasing their dedication to community engagement and artistic expression. Additional highlights include festival appearances at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, and Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland.

The quartet has collaborated with esteemed artists including David Shifrin, John Bruce Yeh, Tim McAllister, Nicholas Phan, and Colin Carr. Along with guidance from various distinguished musicians, including members of the Mirò and Vogler Quartets, Heime Muller and Valentin Erben, the ongoing mentorship from the Emerson String Quartet has played a crucial role in shaping the Pelia Quartet's artistic identity and growth.

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