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The Parker Quartet Fall Residency

Fall 2020 residency will be virtual and streamed

Due to health concerns raised by the spread of COVID-19, for everyone's safety, no in-person audiences are allowed for indoor performances at this time. Concerts will be pre-recorded and streamed followed by a live Q & A post-concert conversation.

Sun., Nov. 29

Parker Quartet Friends and Family Concert

5:00 p.m. Streamed Free

The Program
Hans Abrahamsen - String Quartet, No. 4
Ludwig van Beethoven - String Quartet, Op. 132

Stream here for the concert.
Stream here for the Live Q&A
on Zoom following the concert.

Thu., Oct. 15
7:30 p.m.
STREAMED Parker Quartet Concert

The Program
Béla Bartók - String Quartet No. 3
Johannes Brahms - String Quartet in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1   

Adults $15; Students $5; Seniors/Military/USC Faculty & Staff $10
Buy passcode here until 9 a.m. the day of the concert. You will be sent the concert link the day of the concert.

Thu., Oct. 15
6:30 p.m.


Pre-Concert Visit with the Parker Quartet (for Sponsors and Patrons)

VIRTUAL Individual Master Classes

Mon., Oct. 5

1:00 p.m.

Viola sign on here
Cello sign on here
Violin with Ken Hamao sign on here


VIRTUAL Chamber Music Master Class
Fri., Oct. 9
7:30 p.m.

The Grammy Award winning Parker Quartet offers educational residency activities, coaching and community outreach in conjunction with concert appearances and residencies in Harvard’s Blodgett Artists-in-Residence as well as a visiting position as Quartet-in-Residence in UofSC’s School of Music. The Parker Quartet believes passionately in the power of music to change lives and understands the responsibility the ensemble carries to keep the string quartet repertoire relevant and alive for audiences of all ages.

They have been particularly focused on recording projects this past year. For ECM Records, they recorded Dvořák's Viola Quintet, joined by Kim Kashkashian, as well as Kurtag's Six Moments Musicaux and Officium breve in memoriam. Under the auspices of the Monte Carlo Festival Printemps des Arts, they recorded a disc of three Beethoven quartets, due to be released this fall. The Quartet’s recording featuring Mendelssohn’s Quartets Op. 44, Nos. 1 and 3, was widely lauded by the international press, and their debut commercial recording of Bartók’s String Quartets Nos. 2 and 5 for Zig-Zag Territoires won praise from Gramophone: “The Parkers’ Bartók spins the illusion of spontaneous improvisation… they have absorbed the language; they have the confidence to play freely with the music and the instinct to bring it off.” Their Naxos recording of György Ligeti’s complete works for string quartet won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance (the last string quartet to win this category).

Recent collaborations include those with acclaimed artists like violist Kim Kashkashian, featured on their recent Dvořák recording; violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg; pianists Anne-Marie McDermott, Orion Weiss, Vijay Iyer, and Shai Wosner; members of the Silk Road Ensemble; Kikuei Ikeda of the Tokyo String Quartet; clarinetist and composer Jörg Widmann; and clarinetists Anthony McGill and Charles Neidich.

Founded and currently based in Boston, the Parker Quartet’s numerous honors include winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at France’s Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, and Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. Now Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music, and also in-residence at the UofSC School of Music, the Quartet’s numerous residencies have included serving as Artists-in-Residence at the University of St. Thomas (2012–2014), Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Minnesota (2011– 2012), Quartet-in-Residence with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (2008-2010), and as the first-ever Artists-in-Residence with Minnesota Public Radio (2009-2010).

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