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    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

Due to health concerns raised by the spread of COVID-19, as well as the UofSC School of Music’s cancellation of all public performances through mid-August, the Parker Quartet Residency and Concerts have been cancelled. We remain committed to bringing the Parker Quartet back in the near future. Check back on this page for upcoming dates.


The UofSC School of Music's Chamber Music Residency 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.

The Parker Quartet has been called "something extraordinary" by The New York Times.


2020 Spring Residency

March 26–30, 2020
Due to health concerns raised by the spread of COVID-19, as well as the UofSC School of Music’s cancellation of all public performances through at least April 3, the Parker Quartet Residency and Concerts have been cancelled. We remain committed to bringing the Parker Quartet back in the near future. Check back on this page for upcoming dates.

Parker Quartet Concert

CANCELLED: March 26 - 7:30 p.m.
School of Music Recital Hall

The Program:
Homunculus - Esa-Pekka Salonen
Quartet No. 2, op. 56 - Karol Szymanowski
Quartet in A minor, op. 132 - Ludwig van Beethoven
Adults $15; Students $5; Seniors/Military/USC Faculty & Staff $10 (School of Music free)
Buy tickets here.

Chamber Music Master Class

CANCELLED: March 27, 7:30 p.m.
School of Music Recital Hall

Parker Quartet Family Concert

CANCELLED: March 29 - 5:00 p.m.
Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business, level 1

The Program:
Quartet in D major, K. 499 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Quintet in G minor, op. 57 - Dmitri Shostakovich
With Phillip Bush, piano


Chamber Music Day and High School String Quartet Competition

CANCELLED: Saturday, March 28, 2020
3:15-5:30 p.m. Master Classes
USC School of Music Recital Hall and Room 006

CANCELLED: Competition Performance - 7:30 p.m. 
School of Music 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.


2019 Fall Residency

Oct 23–27, 2019

Parker Quartet Concert

Oct 24, 7:30 p.m.
School of Music Recital Hall
Valet parking available for this concert.
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) - Quartet in E-flat major, op. 33, No. 2, “The Joke”    
Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) - Tetras                                    
Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) - Quartet No. 13 in G major, op. 106
Adults $15; Students $5; Seniors/Military/USC Faculty & Staff $10 (School of Music free) Buy tickets here.

Parker Quartet Chamber Music Master Class

Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.
School of Music Recital Hall

Parker Quartet Family Concert

Oct. 27, 5:00 p.m.
Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business
Free
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-75) - Quartet No. 11 in F minor, op. 122    
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91) - String Quintet in D major, K. 593
Viola professor Daniel Sweaney joins the Parker Quartet on this concert.


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


About the Parker Quartet

Inspiring performances, luminous sound and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet (Daniel Chong and Ken Hamao, 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).

About the Chamber Music Residency

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.


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