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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's Quartet-in-Residence with the world-renowned Parker Quartet brings a series of public concerts, master classes, community outreach and special opportunities for chamber music enthusiasts each fall and spring.

Purchase concert tickets online or at the door.

2016-2017 Parker Quartet Residency

Spring Residency: April 5-10, 2017



Parker Quartet Concert

Thursday, April 6, 7:30 p.m.
USC School of Music Recital Hall
Mendelssohn - Quartet No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op.12
Rebecca Saunders - Fletch
Britten - Quartet No.2 in C Major, Op. 36
Adults $15; senior citizens, USC faculty & staff, and military $10; students $5; Purchase tickets online or at the door.

Parker Quartet Family Concert

Sunday, April 9, 5:00 p.m. – Free
Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business, level 1 (map)
Shostakovich - Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73
Dvořák - String Quintet No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op 97 with Daniel Sweaney, viola

Master Classes

Friday, April 7, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Individual Instrument Master Classes
USC School of Music Recital Hall

Friday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.
USC School of Music Recital Hall

Master Classes are free and open to the public to observe.

Chamber Music Day and High School String Quartet Competition

Saturday, April 8, 2017
Competition takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall
Advanced high school string quartets have a unique opportunity to work with the world-renowned Parker Quartet. The Quartet mentors pre-formed student string quartets through intensive coachings and master classes throughout the day, leading to a performance and competition in the evening. Coaches are members of the Parker Quartet and the USC School of Music string faculty.

Inspiring performances, luminous sound and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet (Daniel Chong and Ying Xue, violins; Jessica Bodner, viola, Kee-Hyun Kim, cello).

Renowned for their dynamic, compelling interpretations, expansive colors, and varied repertoire ranging from classical to romantic to new music, the group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation.

In demand worldwide, the quartet has appeared at distinguished venues, series and festivals throughout North and South America, Great Britain, Europe and South Korea since its founding in 2002.

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 biennial Cleveland Quartet Award.

Now Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music, as well as in residence at USC School of Music, the Quartet’s numerous residencies have included serving as Artists-in-Residence at the University of St. Thomas, Quartet-in-Residence artists at the University of Minnesota, Quartet-in-Residence with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and as the first-ever Artists-in-Residence with Minnesota Public Radio (2009-2010).

This Residency Partnership Program is supported by the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund. A grant from the provost office brought them to USC for the first residency year and subsequent years have been supported with donations, including an anonymous $100,000 challenge gift to create a permanent endowment for the string quartet residency.

For more information about the Parker Quartet, visit their website.