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Parker Quartet Chamber Music Residency

Our 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.

2020-21 Residency

Concerts will be pre-recorded and streamed followed by a live Q&A post-concert conversation. Read about the Residency.

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.

Thu., March 25, 2021 - 7:30 p.m.
Parker Quartet Concert
Streamed Online only!

Adults $15; Students $5; Seniors/Military/UofSC Faculty & Staff $10

Purchase online access here.

You will be sent the concert link the day of the concert.

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 in A minor, Op. 132

Join us for our second virtual concert of the Parker Quartet fall residency. Once again, we will be streaming this exclusive performance specially recorded at Harvard University by the UofSC Quartet-in-Residence. 

Abrahamsen wrote his fourth quartet over a 20-year span for the Arditti Quartet. He described it as a "serene and cool piece, which is quiet and soft, like high singing in heaven." 

Beethoven's iconic quartet from the late period has always been an audience favorite, the heart of the work being its middle movement, the "Holy Song of Thanksgiving." 

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

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

Thu., Oct. 15 - 6:30 p.m.
Pre-Concert Virtual Visit with the Parker Quartet
for Sponsors and Patrons

Virtual Chamber Music Master Class

Fri., Oct. 9 - 7:30 p.m


Virtual Individual Master Classes
Mon., Oct. 5 - 1:00 p.m.

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).

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

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.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.