“Though free to think and act, we are held together, like the stars in the firmament, with ties inseparable. These ties cannot be seen, but we can feel them.” – Nikola Tesla
These words are the inspiration behind the Tesla Quartet’s vision. For the quartet, music is the conduit for this incredible, binding force, these “ties inseparable.” Through performance, teaching, and outreach, the Tesla Quartet strives to tap into this palpable feeling and create meaningful connections with their audiences.
Dubbed “technically superb” by The Strad, the Tesla Quartet has garnered top prizes at numerous international competitions, including the Gold Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Third Prize and the Best Interpretation of the Commissioned Work at the 6th International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna, and Third Prize at the 2012 London International String Quartet Competition. The London Evening Standard called their rendition of the Debussy Quartet “a subtly coloured performance that balanced confidently between intimacy and extraversion.”
Newly appointed as the String Quartet-in-Residence at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, the Tesla Quartet also holds a community residency in Hickory, North Carolina that includes performances and workshops at local colleges, universities, and in the public school system, as well as a dedicated chamber music series. The quartet performs regularly across North America, with recent international appearances in Austria, France and their debut at London’s Wigmore Hall. The 2016-17 season includes debut performances in China at the Beijing National Center for the Arts, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, and at the Sejong Performing Arts Center in Seoul, South Korea.
Community involvement and outreach are integral parts of the Tesla Quartet’s mission, and the group has brought inspiring music to children’s hospitals, soup kitchens, libraries, retirement communities, and schools. In addition to their current work in North Carolina, the ensemble formerly spent three years in partnership with the Aspen Music Festival’s Musical Odysseys Reaching Everyone program (M.O.R.E), providing lessons, master classes, workshops, and performances for young string players in the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado. As Quartet-in-Residence at the Strings Music Festival from 2012-13, the quartet provided community enrichment programs to the Steamboat Springs and Craig, CO, communities. The quartet has also coached a chamber music program in conjunction with the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras, and in the summer of 2012 they were the faculty quartet at the Renova Music Festival in Pennsylvania.
The Tesla Quartet was formed at The Juilliard School in 2008 and quickly established itself as one of the most promising young ensembles in New York, winning Second Prize at the J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition only a few months after its inception. From 2009 to 2012 the quartet held a fellowship as the Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where they studied with the world-renowned Takács Quartet. They have studied at the Chamber Music Residency of the Banff Centre, and they have also worked with Günter Pichler and Rainer Schmidt in ProQuartet-CEMC’s professional training program in France. Additional coaches include the Tokyo String Quartet, the Artis Quartet, Mark Steinberg, and Sylvia Rosenberg. In the summer of 2011 the quartet held a fellowship at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and in 2010 they were fellows at the Aspen Music Festival’s Center for Advanced Quartet Studies. The Tesla Quartet is Ross Snyder (violin), Michelle Lie (violin), Edwin Kaplan (viola), and Serafim Smigelskiy (cello).
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Haydn, String Quartet in D major, Op.20, No. 4, Hob. III:34
I – Allegro di molto
II – Un poco adagio e affettuoso
III – Menuet alla zingarese
IV – Presto e scherzando
Linus Köhring, Seven Aphorisms (Live, 2015 International Haydn Competition)
Bartók, String Quartet No. 6, Burletta (Live, 2015 International Haydn Competition)
Dvořák, String Quartet Op. 105, III. Lento e molto cantabile (Live, 2015 International Haydn Competition)
Beethoven, String Quartet Op. 59 No. 3, I. Introduzione (Live, 2015 International Haydn Competition)
2017/18 Program Offerings
- 18/19 PREVIEW
With works by Prokofiev, Haydn, Pärt, Adams, Moussa, Glass, Szymanowski, Debussy, Respighi, Beethoven, Villa-Lobos, Britten
- Beethoven and Bartók
- Past or Present?
Gesualdo, Respighi, Matthias Pintscher
- Saturation and Sensation
Haydn, Caroline Shaw, Ravel
Current & Recent Programs
Projects & Collaborations
- K-5 Educational Offerings
Introduction to the String Quartet I. Introduce instruments with visual and musical examples Demonstrate range of each instrument and identify different strings Fun sound effects that instruments can create II. Musical Selections "Having Fu...
- How to Play in an Ensemble
This workshop is like a coaching or master class but focuses on learning to play together in an ensemble of any size. Attention is paid to communication, balance, cueing, blending sound, rehearsal etiquette, etc. The ensemble will have music prepared t...
- Impressionism in Art and Music
For more advanced art students, Tesla can discuss parallels between Impressionism in the visual arts and music with examples of Monet and Ravel. Topics include subject matter, light/shadow, color palette, tonality/modality, and compositional techniques.
- Master Class and Chamber Music Coaching
The Tesla Quartet is delighted to share their knowledge through teaching. A master class can last one to two hours, depending on the number of groups involved, and Tesla will give ensembles the opportunity to play a movement of their choice. Through de...
- Community Outreach and Education
The Tesla Quartet is happy to offer community enrichment programs for a variety of audiences. Tesla has an extensive background bringing their music to schools, libraries, retirement and assisted living centers, coffee shops, and even public transit te...