NEC's Professional String Quartet Training Program is intended for existing string quartets that are selected by audition. It is not open to other individuals or groups. Applications are typically accepted every two years. One quartet is selected for each two-year residency.

The program provides intensive training and coaching for exceptional groups that show the talent and commitment necessary to pursue a concert career.

  • Two-year residency with frequent access to master teacher Paul Katz
  • Full tuition scholarship and small living stipend for each student
  • Weekly individual studio instruction from NEC strings faculty members
  • Daily group rehearsal
  • Masterclasses and community outreach performances
  • Top-quality training in all aspects of musicianship and career development
  • NEC's professional certificate in the art of string quartet playing, plus NEC degree or diploma
  • Yearly recital in our world-renowned Jordan Hall

Please contact the Office of Admission for details about the application process.

In photo: Paul Katz coaches the Ariel Quartet (photo by Andrew Hurlbut)

Read a Strings magazine profile of Paul Katz's work with this program.

Participants in the Program

Harlem Quartet A Train CDHarlem Quartet
(entered fall 2010)
Ilmar Gavilán and Melissa White, violin; Juan-Miguel Hernandez, viola; Paul Wiancko, cello

  • perform at NEC's Jordan Hall (2012)
  • performed at the White House and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009)
  • performed at the Library of Congress (2008)
  • debut CD release on White Pine: Take the "A" Train (2007)
  • founded by the Sphinx Organization (2006)

Ariel String Quartet
2010
Gershon Gerchikov and Alexandra Kazovsky, violin; Sergey Tarashchansky, viola; Amit Even-Tov, cello

  • named string-quartet-in-residence at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (2012)
  • Jordan Hall concert (2008)
  • third prize and Szekely prize, Banff International String Quartet Competition (2007)
  • grand prize, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (2006)
  • first prize, International Competition Franz Schubert and the Music of Modernity in Graz (2003)

Parker Quartet Ligeti CDParker Quartet
2008
Daniel Chong and Karen Kim, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; Kee-hyun Kim, cello

  • Grammy award for Ligeti CD (2010)
  • Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America (2009–2011)
  • launched Ligeti recording cycle with Naxos (2009)
  • second prize, Young Concert Artists International Auditions (2005)
  • winner, Concert Artists Guild Competition (2005)
  • grand prize and the Mozart prize, Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition (2005)

Jupiter String Quartet Mendelssohn CDJupiter String Quartet
2006
Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violin; Liz Freivogel, viola; Daniel McDonough, cello

  • second Marquis release: Mendelssohn and Beethoven
  • debut CD release on Marquis: Shostakovich and Britten
  • Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America (2007–2009)
  • first prize, Young Concert Artists International Auditions (2005)
  • grand prize, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (2004)
  • first prize, Banff International String Quartet Competition (2004)
  • also winners of Jerome L. Greene Foundation Prize, the Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society Prize, the La Jolla Music Society Prize, and the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival Prize

Biava Quartet Loom CDBiava Quartet
2004
Austin Hartman and Hyunsu Ko, violin; Mary Persin, viola; Jacob Braun, cello

  • top prize, Premio Paolo Borciani String Quartet Competition (2005)
  • third prize, the 9th Annual London International String Competition (2003)
  • first prize, Naumburg Chamber Music Competition (2003)
  • top prizes, 55th Annual Coleman National Chamber Music Competition (2003)
  • top prizes, Young Concert Artists International Auditions (2002, 2003)
  • top prizes, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (2001)

Kuss Quartet Bridges CDKuss Quartet
2002
Jana Kuss and Oliver Wille, violin; William Coleman, viola; Felix M. Nickel, cello

  • first prize, Deutschen Musikrat (2002)
  • first prize, Premio Paolo Borciani String Quartet Competition (2002)

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