Skyros Quartet

Skyros QuartetThe Skyros Quartet has performed extensively, traveling around Asia and North America. In their hometown of Seattle, the quartet has concertized at Benaroya Hall as part of the Seattle Chamber Music Society, has been featured artists numerous times at Resonance at Soma Towers, and are seen in frequent performance around the Puget Sound region. They have been heard at the Aspen Music Festival and School (Aspen, Colorado) and the Sunflower Music Festival (Topeka, Kansas). In 2014, Skyros was invited to Ontario, Canada, where they were guest artists at QuartetFest 2014 at Sir Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario) and performed at the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society (Ontario, Canada). In 2013, Skyros toured China as part of an official delegation from the University of Nebraska system, performing in Xi’an and Hangzhou. Skyros also received a Hixson-Lied Student Presentation of Scholarly/Creative Activity Grant to tour the Pacific Northwest and later in 2013, appeared at the Deer Valley Music Festival Emerging Quartets and Composers Program (Park City, Utah).
The Skyros Quartet is eager to collaborate with musicians, ensembles, and composers. Skyros QuartetIn the past, they have performed with the Chiara String Quartet, the Esoterics, UNL Chamber Singers, NOVA, pianists April Sun and Janka Krajciova, clarinetist David Kamran, and baritones Jared Hiscock and Joshua Zink. In China, they worked with a traditional Chinese ensemble at Xi’an Jiaotong University, seen below. From Mozart and Telemann to world premieres by living composers, Skyros has performed a variety of repertoire in collaboration with choral ensembles, such as the Esoterics, the Kirkland Choral Society, Ancora, and the Orcas Choral Society.
The Skyros Quartet is excited to be a part of the future of music and to perform works by living composers. They have worked extensively with composers Tonia Ko, Andy Davis, Devin Maxwell, and Liza Sobel. In 2014, they were invited to present at Fast Forward Austin, a new music festival in Austin, Texas. They collaborated with the W4 New Music Collective (Ruben Naeff, Matthew Frey, Tim Hansen, and Molly Herron), performing string Skyros Quartetquartets and trios by each composer. They were also invited to perform Stephanie Martin’s “From a Distant Island” at Sound in the Land 2014, a conference exploring the relationship between music and the environment (Waterloo, Ontario). Skyros has performed in concert and on camera for Second Inversion, an online streaming radio station produced by Seattle’s KING FM Classical radio that focuses on performances new and unusual music from all corners of the classical genre. Skyros made up the core string section of the UT New Music Ensemble under the direction of Dan Welcher for its 2011-2012 season.
The Skyros Quartet is passionate about educating future generations of chamber musicians. Skyros has led chamber music masterclasses at institutions such as Seattle University, the University of Victoria, and Central Washington University. In 2017, the members of Skyros were appointed as artistic-directors of Tuned In! Summer Student Festival, a week-long chamber music camp for middle school, Skyros Quartethigh school, and college students in Seattle. Skyros will return to Catalina Mountains outside Tucson, Arizona for a second year in July 2017 to coach and lead masterclasses at Tucson Junior Strings’ Chamber Music in the Mountains. The Emerald City Chamber Music Organization (ECCHO), under the artistic direction of the Skyros Quartet brings chamber music into the schools as a part of the regular curriculum and at no cost to students. A program of Chamber Music Madness, ECCHO was designed with the philosophy that chamber music is a fun and effective way to learn principles of self-reliance, personal responsibility, and teamwork.
ECCHO launched during the 2016-2017 school year at five Seattle area schools: Washington and Kellogg Middle Schools, Cleveland, Roosevelt, and Shorecrest High Schools. Students receive weekly coachings from a designated Skyros member using their chamber music curriculum designed by Skyros specifically for the program. This curriculum Print Stopfeatures group exercises like scales, chorales, and etudes, as well as literature from the string quartet repertoire. The members of the Skyros Quartet serve as section leaders and principals in the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra (SCO). The ensemble is a diverse, multigenerational performing arts organization made up of professional musicians, community members, and high school and college music students. SCO concert programs pair traditional orchestral repertoire with music by female, minority and Northwest composers, as well as new symphonic music and world premieres.

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