The Argus Quartet
The first ensemble selected for the Birdfoot Festival’s annual Fall Artist Residency, the Argus Quartet is dedicated to reinvigorating the audience-performer relationship through new and innovative concert presentations of diverse repertoire.
Formed in the summer of 2013, Argus is receiving accolades and invitations from concert series around the world. Recent performances include appearances at Laguna Beach Live!, Encinitas’ Music By The Sea, the Hear Now Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and the Cello Biënnale Amsterdam. The quartet has also won several competitions including the Beverly Hills Consortium and the MTAC San Diego Competition.
Argus was recently selected as the first resident ensemble to be mentored by the Brentano String Quartet at the Yale School of Music’s String Quartet Fellowship program. They also attended the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar in New York City and worked with some of the most important chamber musicians of our time, including members of the Cleveland, Kronos, and Tokyo quartets.
The Argus Quartet believes that today’s ensembles must honor the storied chamber music traditions of our past while forging a new path forward. In that spirit, their repertoire includes not just staples of the chamber music canon, but also a large number of pieces by living composers. The quartet was recently awarded a commissioning grant from Chamber Music America for a new work by composer and GRAMMY nominee, Eric Guinivan. This coming season, Argus will premiere their latest commission – a quartet by Thomas Kotcheff, winner of Aspen Summer Music Festival’s Hermitage Prize. The piece will be programmed alongside premieres by Andrew Norman and Ben Phelps.
Beyond its commitment to performing chamber music at the highest level, Argus aims to engage audiences in unique ways. This fall marks the inaugural season of Argus in LA, a concert series that reimagines many aspects of the traditional concert experience. These handcrafted presentations have something for everyone: eclectic programming, world premieres, and exciting guest artists.
Education and outreach are an important part of the Argus Quartet’s mission. In addition to their teaching responsibilities at Yale, next season includes residencies at the Milken School, California State University Long Beach, and the Birdfoot Festival.
Learn more about the Argus Quartet here.