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Parker Quartet Chamber Music Residency

Our Chamber Music Residency with the world-renowned Parker Quartet brings a series of public concerts, masterclasses, community outreach and special opportunities for chamber music enthusiasts each fall and spring.

The Parker Quartet has been called “something extraordinary”

— The New York Times

2024 Parker Quartet Residency

Spring Semester  • April 3-7, 2024

Jazz pianist and Harvard composition faculty member Vijay Iyer join the Parker Quartet for this residency.

April 3, 7:30 p.m.  
Southern Exposure New Music Series
featuring the Parker Quartet and Vijay Iyer 

Darla Moore School of Business, Johnson Performance Hall
Free Concert

Vijay Iyer: Dig the Say 
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91

April 6, 7:30 p.m.  
USC Chamber Day Competition, 10th Anniversary, School of Music Recital Hall

April 7, 5:30 p.m.  
Family Concert, Darla Moore School of Business, Johnson Performance Hall
Tickets: $20

The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080 [excerpts]*
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

String Quartet No. 4
Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-1969)

String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91
Béla Bartók (1881-1945)

*Sponsored by Elaine L. Craft in celebration of beautiful chamber music, USC School of Music and Parker Quartet

Purchase tickets for Parker Quartet concerts at KogerCenterForTheArts.com.

About the Parker Quartet

Parker QuartetInspiring performances, luminous sound and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet (Daniel Chong and Ken Hamao, violins; Jessica Bodner, viola, Kee-Hyun Kim, cello).

Internationally recognized for their “fearless, yet probingly beautiful” (The Strad) performances, the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation, dedicated purely to the sound and depth of their music. Inspired performances and exceptional musicianship are hallmarks of the Quartet, having appeared at the world’s most illustrious venues since its founding in 2002.

The Quartet is committed to working with composers of today — recent commissions include works by Augusta Read Thomas, Felipe Lara, Jaehyuck Choi, and Zosha di Castri. Celebrating the process of creation, the Quartet recorded three new commissions by Kate Soper, Oscar Bettison, and Vijay Iyer as part of Miller Theatre’s Mission: Commission podcast.

Additionally, the Quartet regularly collaborates with a diverse range of artists, including pianists Menahem Pressler, Orion Weiss, Shai Wosner, Billy Childs, and Vijay Iyer; members of the Silk Road Ensemble; clarinetist and composer Jörg Widmann; clarinetists Anthony McGill and Charles Neidich; flutist Claire Chase; and violist Kim Kashkashian, featured on their recent Dvořák recording. The Quartet also continues to be a strong supporter of Kashkashian’s project Music for Food, participating in concerts throughout the United States for the benefit of various food banks and shelters.

Recording projects continue to be an important facet of the Quartet’s artistic output. Described by Gramophone Magazine as a ”string quartet defined by virtuosity so agile that it’s indistinguishable from the process of emotional expression,” their newest release for ECM Records features Dvořák's Viola Quintet as well as György Kurtág's Six Moments Musicaux and Officium breve in memoriam. The Strad also declared the album as “nothing short of astonishing.” Under the auspices of the Monte Carlo Festival Printemps des Arts, they recorded a disc of three Beethoven quartets, of which Diapason “admired the group’s fearlessness, exceptional control, and attention to detail.” The Quartet can also be heard playing Mendelssohn on Nimbus Records, Bartók on Zig-Zag Territories, and the complete Ligeti Quartets on Naxos, for which they won a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance.

In addition to residency at the University of South Carolina, the members of the Parker Quartet serve as Professors of the Practice and Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music. They spend summers on faculty at the Banff Centre’s Evolution: Quartet program.

Founded and currently based in Boston, the Parker Quartet’s numerous honors include winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at France’s Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, and Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award.

For more information about the Parker Quartet, visit their website.


About the Chamber Music Residency

This Quartet-in-Residence Program at the University of South Carolina School of Music is made possible by the generosity of donors. Gifts in support of the Quartet-in-Residence Program can be made to the Jesselson Family Endowment Fund to ensure perpetual support, or to the USC Chamber Music Residency Fund for immediate needs. If you would like more information on how you can make a transformational difference for USC students through chamber music, please contact  Audra Vaz or call (803) 777-9732.


Photos: © Beowulf Sheehan

Chamber Events

Freeman Sundays @3:

Sunday, Mar. 17, 2024

Location: School of Music 206 Recital Hall

Cost: $15 adults; $10 seniors, USC faculty and staff; $5 students

Mathew Tuk Doctoral Chamber Recital

Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2024

Location: School of Music 206 Recital Hall

Cost: FREE

The Collective - Whittaker Commission

Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2024

Location: School of Music 206 Recital Hall

Cost: FREE

Graduate Flute Quartet Chamber Recital

Monday, Mar. 25, 2024

Location: School of Music 206 Recital Hall

Cost: FREE

Southern Exposure New Music Series with Parker Quartet and Vijay Iyer

Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2024

Location: Darla Moore School of Business 101 - Johnson Performance Hall

Cost: Free

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