Young Artists String Quartet


Young Artists String Quartet

Pictured: 2019-2020 Young Artists String Quartet (left to right: violist Besnik Yzeiri, cellist Chenoa Orme-Stone, and violinists Gulia Gurevich and Kristina Tsanova). Photo by Zach Mendez.

About the Young Artists String Quartet

The Young Artists String Quartet was founded in 1981 at UC Santa Barbara as a graduate scholarship quartet. UC Santa Barbara is the only University of California campus to offer the Graduate String Quartet program, which receives special funding from the Humanities Division in the College of Letters and Science. Curriculum includes weekly coaching with world-renowned Strings Program faculty members, professional development and frequent performance opportunities. Members will also have the opportunity to perform in masterclasses for guest artists, with recent guests including Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Isserlis, Ida Kavafian, and the Juilliard and Danish String Quartets. Below are more details of the program.

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

Application Procedure

  • CD or live audition for the Master of Music (MM) degree
  • Live audition for the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree
  • 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.

Learn more about the MM, DMA, and the combined MM/DMA Performance degrees in the Music Department, Graduate Program section of UCSB's General Catalog.

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