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Argus Quartet Named
The Juilliard School’s Graduate Quartet

May 9, 2017

The Argus Quartet (Norfolk ’16) has been named The Juilliard School’s Graduate Quartet in Residence. The Quartet will coach with the Juilliard String Quartet and teach During Juilliard’s 2017-18 academic year.

First prize winners at the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, the Argus Quartet’s recent and upcoming performances include appearances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall, Roulette, the Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival, Bang on a Can at the Noguchi Museum, the Hear Now Music Festival, Providence College, the University of Michigan, James Madison University’s Contemporary Music Festival, Princeton University, the Shalin Liu Performance Center at Rockport Music, and the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam.

Formerly the Fellowship Quartet in Residence at the Yale School of Music, the Quartet has performed at a number of leading music festivals including the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Birdfoot Festival, the Cello Biënnale Amsterdam and Music Academy of the West.  During the 2016-17 season, they served as the Ernst Stiefel Quartet in Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.

The Quartet  believes that today’s ensembles can honor the storied chamber music traditions of our past while forging a new path forward. In that spirit, their repertoire includes not just staples of the chamber music canon but also a large number of pieces by living composers. Recent commissions include new quartets by Donald Crockett, composer and GRAMMY nominee Eric Guinivan, the 2014 Hermitage Prize winner Thomas Kotcheff, and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Juri Seo. The quartet has received grants from Chamber Music America and the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in support of their commissioning efforts.

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