Young Artists String Quartet

UCSB 2013-2014 Young Artists String Quartet (Tom Yaron, violin; Camden Boyle, violin; Angela Miller, viola; Larissa Fedoryka, cello) with pianist Pascal Salomon. Master Class with Yo-Yo Ma at the Lobero Theatre. Photo courtesy of UCSB Arts & Lectures.

About the Young Artists String Quartet

The Young Artists String Quartet was founded in 1981 at UCSB as a graduate scholarship quartet. Since that time, the ensemble - in its different incarnations - has performed at the Banff Festival, University of Taipei, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts International Festival of Chamber Music, Soundfest Institute of Quartets in Cape Cod, Snowbird Institute in Utah, Festival-Institute at Round Top, Texas, and the Evian International Competition in France, among others. They have also participated in workshops across the country and coached with such notable ensembles as the Juilliard, Muir, Colorado and Mendelssohn String Quartets, Martin Lovett of the Amadeus Quartet, and Bernard Zaslow of the Stanford Quartet. They most recently participated in a master class with Yo-Yo Ma, presented on campus by UCSB Arts & Lectures in conjunction with the Department of Music.

UCSB is the only campus to offer the Graduate String Quartet Program, which receives special funding from the Humanities division in the College of Letters and Science. Below are the details of the program.

Quartet members receive tuition and fees (in state), plus $5000 stipend.

Application Procedure

  • CD or live audition for the MM degree
  • Live audition for the DMA degree
  • GRE examination
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Other details are outlined in the graduate application

The quartet coaches with all members of the String Faculty, rotating on a per quarter basis. Two complete quartet concerts are given each year and participants are expected to participate in the Ensemble for Contemporary Music.

Each quartet member will have private study with the appropriate faculty member and is expected to give at least one solo recital per academic year.

For more information about the YASQ or graduate programs of study, please contact Carly Yartz,  the Graduate Program Advisor.