Professional String Quartet Program

Paul Katz works with the Ariel Quartet
Professional String Quartet Program at NEC

NEC's Professional String Quartet Program is led by Paul Katz. The program is open specifically to existing string quartets who are selected by audition; it is not open to individuals. One quartet is selected for a two-year residency. Applications are typically accepted every two years.

The program provides intensive training and coaching for exceptional groups that show the talent and commitment necessary to pursue a concert career. Students in the program receive a full tuition scholarship and a $10,000 stipend, weekly coachings from Paul Katz plus weekly individual studio instruction from NEC strings faculty members, daily group rehearsal, and training in all aspects of musicianship and career development. Quartets perform a yearly recital in our world-renowned Jordan Hall and are contracted through NEC for outreach opportunities and performances at venues throughout New England.

Ready to apply? Please review the application process and contact Admissions with any questions.

Participants in the Program

Lineups named on this page represent how the quartets were constituted during their participation in NEC's Professional String Quartet program.

Balourdet Quartet (2020 – 2022)
Angela Bae and Justin DeFilippis ’17, violin; Benjamin Zannoni, viola; Russell Houston, cello

Verona Quartet (2017 – 2020)
Jonathan Ong and Dorothy Ro, violin; Abigail Rojansky, viola,; Jonathan Dormand '12 M.M., cello

Omer Quartet (2017)
Mason Yu, Erica Tursi, violin; Jinsun Hong, viola; Alex Cox, cello

Harlem Quartet (2012)
Ilmar Gavilán and Melissa White, violin; Juan-Miguel Hernandez, viola; Paul Wiancko, cello

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

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

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

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

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


Balourdet Quartet
Balourdet String Quartet performs Debussy