This August, 35 young string players from the NYC area will have an unusual opportunity to hone their craft with the Grammy-winning Harlem Quartet, who will be the Quartet-in-Residence during the 2014 Summer String Fest (August 18-22, 2014) at Kaufman Music Center’s Lucy Moses School.
The annual, week-long Summer String Fest brings together talented young violinists, violists and cellists age nine to 23 each August for an intensive week of music-making that includes chamber orchestra and ensemble instruction, masterclasses, workshops and performances with renowned professional musicians as well as a final performance in Merkin Concert Hall. Created in 2009 by Festival Coordinator Lynelle Smith and Lucy Moses School Director Igal Kesselman, the program attracts a diverse group of students from throughout the tri-state area.
This summer the members of the Harlem Quartet, which is committed to advancing diversity in classical music and engaging new audiences, will coach the String Fest students and give workshops as well as perform on stage at Merkin Concert Hall, both with the children and by themselves.
“The Harlem Quartet is excited to work closely with the students of Lucy Moses School,” says Ilmar Gavilan, the Quartet’s first violinist. “Education and outreach is an important component of our lives; they help to ensure the continuity of our art form while strengthening our own performance and communication skills. We are looking forward to it!”
Click here for more info about String Fest, or call 212 501 3360.
Watch videos of the 2013 String Fest performance in Merkin Concert Hall.