String Quartet Workshop

June 15 – June 28, 2014

Ages 14-20

The String Quartet Workshop is highly competitive and intended for advanced players who have had considerable chamber music experience.  Under the direction of eminent pedagogue, chamber musician, and violinist Peter Zazofsky, students devote two intensive weeks to learning major works from the string quartet repertoire.

Members of the celebrated Muir String Quartet are in residence as coaches, as well as world-class artist/teachers Marc Johnson, Michelle LaCourse, and Michael Zaretsky, among others to be announced.

Students are placed in a string quartet prior to the start of the program and work with coaches twice daily in preparation for a recital at the end of each week.  Students are assigned to a new group and work for the second week of the program.

Each day begins with a string “orchestra” reading a different quartet, covering all of the assigned works for that week. These reading sessions allow the entire group to become familiar with all of the quartets that will be performed and allows the director the opportunity to address specific technical and artistic challenges of each work being prepared. Quartet coaching sessions take place each morning and afternoon in preparation for a recital at the end of each week.

Students participate in master classes both individually and as part of an ensemble, playing and being coached in front of the rest of the students in the workshop.

Repertoire ranges from the early works of Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart to more contemporary quartets by Bartok, Shostakovich, and Schulhoff.

Students will also have the unique opportunity to observe coachings of the String Quartet Program at the Tanglewood Music Center.  In the past, members of the Juilliard String Quartet, the Emerson String Quartet, and various members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra have led these sessions.