Summer Chamber Music Seminar
Each year, for a 10-day period in late June and early July, we present our Summer Chamber Music Seminar at Stanford. This is not part of our academic year teaching/performing activity at Stanford; rather, it is a true festival of chamber music. Participants, which have numbered 75 or more, consist of young professionals, serious music students, pre-formed groups of musicians seriously working toward a career in chamber music, and adult amateur players; the faculty is made up of the members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet and guest artists, with distinguished guests providing keynote lectures on musical topics. With its unique mix of young music professionals and passionate amateur musicians, extraordinary faculty and imaginative programming the SLSQ Seminar has distinguished itself in a crowded field of summer festivals.
Activities include daily coachings, faculty and student performances, guest lectures, and hours of informal chamber music readings and social events of a musical nature. One of the highlights of this annual event has been the series of three free noon-hour faculty performances given during the seminar in Bing Concert Hall; year after year these have proven to be very popular offerings with the Stanford and Bay Area Community.
Many participating groups of the seminar have gone on to experience great success in the chamber music world, including the Rolston String Quartet (First Prize, 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition), the Telegraph String Quartet (winner, 2016 Naumburg Chamber Music Award), the Cecilia Quartet (First Prize, 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition), the Afiara Quartet (Second Prize, 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition), and the TinAlley String Quartet of Australia (First Prize, 2007 Banff International String Quartet Competition).
I truly believe there is no other place in the world that combines such an intense commitment to great music making with a spirit of discovery and friendship.
– Alex Fortes, violin, New York City