The School of Music welcomes the Excelsa Quartet as the new Graduate String Quartet Fellows for the 2013-2014 Academic Year.
The Graduate Fellowship String Quartet at Maryland fosters the careers of emerging string quartets. In addition to full tuition remission and a stipend, the quartet fellows benefit from intensive chamber music study with members of the Guarneri and Left Bank Quartets, featured performances at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, and support in professional development.
The Excelsa Quartet was formed in January of 2009 at the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston, Massachusetts. While at NEC, Excelsa participated in the Britten-Pears International Academy of String Quartets in Aldeburgh, England, where they worked with Isabel Charisius (Alban Berg Quartet), Ilan Gonich (Israel Quartet), Sebastian Hamann and David Dolan. As a result, they were invited to pursue a Master’s Degree in Chamber Music at the Konservatorium Dreilinden in Lucerne, Switzerland with Charisius and Hamann.
Excelsa’s recent awards include First Prize and EMCY Art Prize in the Charles Hennen 26th International Chamber Music Competition in April of 2011, and the Priz de “Jeunes Jury” et du Public in the Illzach 17th International Chamber Music Competition in March of 2011. In addition to their commitments in Switzerland, the Quartet participated in the Professional Quartet Training Program under the tutelage of the Alban Berg Quartet at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln in Germany.
Learn more about the Excelsa Quartet on their website.