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    Parker Quartet

    USC Quartet-in-Residence

  • Master Class with Parker Quartet

    USC Quartet-in-Residence

    Master class with the Parker Quartet

  • Master Class with Parker Quartet

    USC Quartet-in-Residence

    Master class with the Parker Quartet

Parker Quartet Chamber Music Residency

The USC School of Music continues its first chamber music residency with a series of public events, school outreach and special opportunities for chamber music enthusiasts offered in fall and spring.

The Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet has distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation and has been hailed by The New York Times as “something extraordinary.”

The University of South Carolina is fortunate to have the Parker Quartet as USC Quartet-in-Residence. Also named the Blodgett Quartet-in-Residence at Harvard University, the world-renowned quartet members Daniel Chong and Ying Xue, violin, Jessica Bodner, viola, and Kee-Hyun Kim, cello, returns to Columbia again in November 2015 and March 2016 for coachings, master classes, outreach and public concerts.

High school students got an extraordinary opportunity to work with the world-renowned Parker Quartet during USC’s Chamber Music Day and Competition. See the winners announcement.

This Residency Partnership Program is supported by the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.

2015-2016 Parker Quartet Residency


Spring Schedule - March 13-20, 2016



Parker Quartet Concert

Tues., March 15, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business (1014 Greene St) See a map.
Adults $15; senior citizens, USC faculty & staff, and military $10; students $5; Purchase tickets at the door or online.

Chamber Music Day Participants Competition

Sat., March 19, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
School of Music Recital Hall – FREE

Parker Quartet Family Concert

Sun., March 20, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business (1014 Greene St)

Master Classes and Coachings

Wed., March 16, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.  
Seminar for USC students
School of Music Recital Hall

Fri., March 18
Coaching USC chamber groups
7:30 p.m. Public master class
School of Music Recital Hall

Sat., March 19
USC Chamber Music Day for invited high school students

Mon., March 21, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Instrumental master classes
Coaching USC chamber music students

 The Quartet began its professional touring career in 2002 and garnered international acclaim in 2005, winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition and the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in France. In 2009, Chamber Music America awarded the Quartet the prestigious biennial Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2009-2011 seasons.

Parker Quartet members, violinists Daniel Chong and Ying Xue, violist Jessica Bodner and cellist Kee-Hyun Kim, will present outreach and informance programs to Charleston area schools during their residency at USC. The Quartet is known for their k-12 educational programs, which are based on age group, musical experience and curriculum and help to educate young people about string quartets and what a composer does.

Robert Jesselson, professor of cello at USC, said, "I grew up in New York City having the opportunity to hear all the great string quartets of that generation. I would love for people in Columbia to have the same kind of opportunity to experience the exquisite joys of chamber music. The string quartet literature is the most rarefied, sophisticated and intimate in the repertoire. It draws the listener into a world that is sublime and intricate, and expresses the whole range of human emotions. It is a delicate but intense world in miniature."

This residency has been made possible by a grant from the Provost's office. For more information about the Parker Quartet, visit their website.