The Ivalas Quartet, Caramoor’s 2022 – 23 Ernst Stiefel Quartet-in-Residence, has been changing the face of classical music through its dedication to the celebration of diverse voices. Following a performance of George Walker’s Lyric for Strings at Carnegie Hall in January of 2020, Ivalas worked in collaboration with Walker’s son to program his String Quartet No. 1. For its second performance this season, the Quartet returns to the Music Room for a performance featuring Walker’s quartet alongside works by Webern and Brahms.
Read more about the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence program and its past alumni.
George Walker: String Quartet No. 1
Anton Webern: String Quartet
Johannes Brahms: String Quartet in C Minor. Op. 51, No. 1
Composed of violinists Reuben Kebede and Tiani Butts, violist Aimée McAnulty, and cellist Pedro Sánchez, the Ivalas Quartet has been changing the face of classical music since its inception at the University of Michigan in 2017. Dedicated to the celebration of BIPOC voices, Ivalas seeks to disrupt and enhance the classical music world by continuously spotlighting past and present BIPOC composers such as Jessie Montgomery, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Eleanor Alberga.
The Ivalas Quartet had the pleasure of performing George Walker’s Lyric for Strings at Carnegie Hall in January of 2020. Later that year, they worked in collaboration with Walker’s son to program his String Quartet No. 1 with Friends of Chamber Music Denver and the Colorado Music Festival. In 2021, they created the first recording of Carlos Simon’s Warmth From Other Suns for string quartet under Lara Downes’ digital label Rising Sun Music.
Currently, The Ivalas Quartet is the Graduate Resident String Quartet at The Juilliard School in New York City where they study under the Juilliard String Quartet. They were previously in residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder under the mentorship of the Takács Quartet.
In addition to serving as Caramoor’s 2022 – 23 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence, this season Ivalas will appear at the Austin Chamber Music Center, Newport Classical in Rhode Island, CU Presents Takács Series, Schneider Concerts in NY, and the MacPhail Center for Music in MN.
The members of the Ivalas Quartet have a shared dedication to their roles as educators. Through the Sphinx Organization, Ivalas has presented educational programming in the Metro Detroit area, with an emphasis on community engagement in schools with Black and Latinx communities. In Colorado, they developed a partnership with El Sistema Colorado and were a part of the Aspen Music Festival Musical Connections program. In their new home of New York City, they are excited to be working with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as part of their Chamber Music Beginnings program. Ivalas has also nurtured students from the early stages of their musical journey to the collegiate level in many other educational settings.
To learn more about the Ivalas Quartet, please visit their website.
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