Ivalas Quartet on stage

The Graduate String Quartet Program at the College of Music enables one string quartet to work intensively with members of the renowned Takács Quartet and other string faculty. The Takács will be auditioning graduate quartets to take up the Graduate Quartet in Residence position for 2022-23, a position generously funded by the Starling Foundation and Takács Society. For more information about deadlines and audition requirements, please contact the quartet or visit the Graduate Auditions page.

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The world-renowned Takács Quartet—based in Boulder at the University of Colorado (Christoffersen Faculty Fellows)—is now entering its 48th season. Edward Dusinberre, Harumi Rhodes (violins), Richard O’Neill (viola) and András Fejér (cello) are excited about the 2022-2023 season that begins with a tour of Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea, and includes the release of two new CDs for Hyperion Records. A disc of Haydn’s opp. 42, 77 and 103 is followed by the first recording of an extraordinary new work written for the Takács by Stephen Hough, “Les Six Rencontres,” presented with quartets by Ravel and Dutilleux. As Associate Artists at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Takács will perform four concerts there. In addition to programs featuring Beethoven, Schubert and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, one concert consists of works by Britten, Bartók and Dvořák that highlight the same themes of displacement and return explored in Edward Dusinberre’s new book “Distant Melodies: Music in Search of Home” (Faber and the University of Chicago Press). The quartet will perform the same program at several venues across the United States, complemented by book talks. During this season the quartet will continue its fruitful partnership with pianist Jeremy Denk, performing on several North American series. Throughout 2022 and 2023, the ensemble will play at prestigious European venues including the Edinburgh and Schwetzingen Festivals, Madrid’s Auditorio de Música, Bilbao’s Philharmonic Society, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the Bath Mozartfest. The group’s North American engagements include concerts in New York, Toronto, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Ann Arbor, Berkeley, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Tucson, Portland and the Beethoven Center at San Jose State University. In 2014, the Takács became the first string quartet to be awarded the Wigmore Hall Medal. In 2012, Gramophone announced that the Takács was the first string quartet to be inducted into its Hall of Fame. The ensemble also won the 2011 Award for Chamber Music and Song presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society in London. Learn more

Graduate String Quartet in Residence

Lírios Quartet


Past in-residence string quartets

Ivalas Quartet
Founded in Ann Arbor in 2016, the Ivalas Quartet comprises violinists Reuben Kebede and Tiani Butts, violist Aimée McAnulty and cellist Pedro Sánchez. The quartet has performed with artists such as the Takács Quartet, the Calidore String Quartet, Imani Winds, Eugene Drucker, Danielle Belen, David Ying and Patricia Terry-Ross.

Ajax Quartet
Founded in 2016 at the University of Colorado, the Ajax Quartet is an emerging string quartet in the Denver area that has quickly grown in following and recognition. A Boulder-based ensemble, Ajax performs for local audiences and had concert engagements in California and Washington during Summer 2017. The group began its residency with the Graduate Quartet Program in Fall 2017, under the tutelage of the Grammy award-winning Takacs Quartet. Photo courtesy Karen Hemsing-Haugen.

Altius Quartet
Formed in 2011 at Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts, the Altius Quartet has an active performance schedule including engagements at music festivals, series and universities throughout the United States. Highlights of the 2015-16 season include: performances at Music at Kohl Mansion in San Francisco and California State University in Fullerton, residencies at the Fayetteville Chamber Music Festival, the Western Slope Concert Series and participation in the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival as Shouse Artists. Learn more.

Orava Quartet
During its time as our graduate quartet in residence, the Orava Quartet performed at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. and extensively across the United States. This period also saw the quartet win the Musica Viva Australia Tony Berg Award for outstanding Australian ensemble and the Peter Druce Audience Prize at the 2013 Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition. Its members are now based in Brisbane, Australia. Learn more.

Tesla Quartet
Dubbed “technically superb” by The Strad magazine, the Tesla Quartet has garnered top prizes at numerous international competitions, including the Gold Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Third Prize and the Best Interpretation of the Commissioned Work at the Sixth International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna and Third Prize at the 2012 London International String Quartet Competition. Learn more.