May 23, 2017
For Immediate Release
Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University will bring young artists from across Canada and abroad together with world-renowned performers as part of the 25th anniversary of QuartetFest. This international intensive chamber music course and concert series will take place in Waterloo from May 26 to June 11.
A non-profit event, QuartetFest offers coaching sessions and master classes to its young artists, along with a concert series. Guest faculty include: the Lafayette String Quartet from the University of Victoria (home of QuartetFest West), former members of the Penderecki String Quartet, cellist Paul Pulford, violist Yariv Aloni, Indiana University professor and clarinetist James Campbell, Spanish pianist Leopoldo Erice, one of Canada’s finest bass-baritones Daniel Lichti, and this year Laurier’s honorary doctorate recipient and Juno award winning bassist David Young.
QuartetFest is also an opportunity to celebrate the 25-year history of the Penderecki String Quartet’s teaching at Laurier and music making in the Waterloo Region. As part of this celebration, QuartetFest alumni are invited to return to Laurier for the last weekend of QuartetFest (June 9 to 11) for a special alumni reunion event full of concerts, music reading and social affairs.
“I’m very excited about our 25th anniversary edition of the festival with an incredible lineup of inspiring concerts featuring the very best in chamber music and finest guest artists,” said Jerzy Kaplanek, the artistic director and violinist of the Penderecki String Quartet. “Albert Einstein said, ‘A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?’ I would answer: good chamber music! And this is what QuartetFest is about.”
For additional information, including how to purchase tickets, please visit: www.quartetfest.ca.
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