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May 23, 2017
For Immediate Release

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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.”

  • May 25: Westmount Golf and Country Club: QuartetFest fundraising dinner for scholarships and concert featuring the Penderecki String Quartet with Paul Pulford, James Campbell, Dave Young, Daniel Lichti, Graham Campbell, as well as the Oniero Quartet – winners of the Penderecki String Quartet Chamber Music Prize.
  • May 28: Wilfrid Laurier University, Maureen Forrester Recital Hall: QuartetFest opening concert with Penderecki String Quartet and James Campbell, Leopoldo Erice, Daniel Lichti and PSQ Chamber Music Prize winners, the Oniero Quartet.
  • June 4: K-W Chamber Music Society: QuartetFest guest faculty concert, the Lafayette String Quartet and Yariv Aloni.
  • June 8: K-W Chamber Music Society: QuartetFest Young Artist Concert featuring the winners of the PSQ Chamber Music Prize.
  • June 9: Wilfrid Laurier University, Maureen Forrester Recital Hall: alumni reunion event, Penderecki String Quartet with guests Paul Pulford and Yariv Aloni.
  • June 10: K-W Chamber Music Society: alumni reunion event, concert with Young Artists and alumni
  • June 10: Wilfrid Laurier University, Maureen Forrester Recital Hall: alumni reunion event, concert with Young Artists and alumni.
  • June 11: Wilfrid Laurier University, Maureen Forrester Recital Hall: Finale Gala Concert with the Penderecki String Quartet, Leopoldo Erice – piano, Laurier Alumni Chamber Orchestra.
  • June 11: The Jazz Room: Open stage concert for faculty, alumni and QuartetFest students.

For additional information, including how to purchase tickets, please visit:

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Media Contacts:

Kevin Swinden

Acting Dean of Music and Associate Professor

T: 519.884.0710 x3305

Kevin Crowley

Director: Communications and Public Affairs

T: 519.884.0710 x3070


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