2017 Masterclass Artists
2016 Master Class Artists
July 6 Vega Quartet
July 11 Tom Key, Artistic Director of the Theatrical Outfit
July 18 Harold Byers, Violinist Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Quartet in Residence at Emory University, the Vega String Quartet is on the cutting edge of the new generation of chamber music ensembles. After the Vega made its Lincoln Center debut in 2001 the New York Times raved “playing that had a kind of clean intoxication to it, pulling the listener along…the musicians took real risks in their music making…” and the Los Angles Times praised their “Triumphant L.A. Debut” in 2002. Other recent engagements include performances in Paris, Cologne, Mexico City, New York, Tokyo, Vancouver and Atlanta. They have appeared at numerous music festivals including Aspen, Mostly Mozart, Rockport, Highlands-Cashiers, Musicorda, Kingston, and SummerFest La Jolla among others. They were the quartet-in-residence at the Van Cliburn Institute and on the artist roster of Carnegie Hall’s New York City Neighborhood Concert series, and in 2003-04 they joined the Community Concerts Association touring ensembles as the only string quartet on their roster. The quartet’s live broadcast credits include NPR’s Performance Today (USA), the National Radio of China, Shanghai TV, Radio France, France Musiques, and the National Radio of the Czech Republic. In addition, they were visiting Artists-in-Residence at Emory University in Atlanta performing the complete Cycle of Beethoven Quartets and playing and teaching throughout the community. The 2004-05 season included debut tours of Korea and Japan as well as performances at New York’s Bargemusic series and at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. Starting in September of 2006, the Vega Quartet is the first ever full-time Quartet-in-Residence at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Their main concert project of the 06-07 season was “Bach and Bartok” – the complete six string quartets by Bela Bartok combined with the 6 solo violin Sonatas and Partitas and 6 cello Suites by J.S.Bach played in six concerts throughout the season. They also appeared at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall again in February of 2007, and made their Zankel Hall debut with Richard Stoltzman.
The Vega Quartet has won numerous international competitions including four of the top six prizes at the 1999 Bordeaux String Quartet Competition (including the international music critics’ prize), the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, the Carmel Chamber Music Competition, and the National Society of Arts and Letters String Quartet Competition.