The Julius Quartet

Formed in the fall of 2012, the Julius Quartet is rapidly making itself known in the chamber music world. From its early beginning, the group held a special residency as “The Boston Conservatory’s Honors String Quartet”. Currently, the quartet is the Graduate String Quartet in Residence at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University where they work intensely with the celebrated Shanghai Quartet. In addition, other primary mentors and influences include Rhonda Rider, Mark Steinberg, Leonard Matczynski, Lila Brown, Judith Gordon, Markus Placci and Judith Eissenberg.  Furthermore, the group has worked with various esteemed chamber musicians such as Michael Tree, Gerhard Schulz, Harald Schoneweg, Marcel Saint-Cyr, Scott Lee, Jorja Fleezanis, Joseph Silverstein, and members of the Juilliard, Tokyo, Miro, Chilingarian, Ying, Latino Americano and Apple Hill String Quartets.
 
The quartet has performed recitals at The Boston Conservatory, Rockport Music, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Massachusetts State House, as well as various churches and community centers in the Boston area. Furthermore, the group not only concertizes widely in the New England area, but also engages in outreach opportunities and community events. The quartet has been featured repeatedly in the Music from Salem festival, where upon their debut performance with artists and directors’ Rhonda Rider, Lila Brown and Judith Gordon, were hailed as “the captivating young string quartet” by The Bennington Banner. While in Boston, the Julius Quartet participated in numerous festivals at the Conservatory including the prestigious String Masters Series and the Contemporary Music Festival, collaborating with artists such as Joseph Silverstein, Louis Andriessen, Michael Norsworthy, Monica Germino and Andrew Mark. In the spring of 2014, the Julius Quartet completed a tour of Tampa, Florida as guest artists at the University of South Florida and gave masterclasses to the numerous youth orchestras and ensembles in the area. Upcoming performances include the Music From Salem Festival, Bargemusic, the Alexander Kasser Theater Peak Performance Series and their Carnegie Hall debut in March 2016.
 
This past August, the quartet participated in the prestigious McGill International String Quartet Academy in Montreal, QC. Previous summer residencies have included the Chamber Music Residency at the BANFF Centre, the Worcester Chamber Music Society Summer Festival and The Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. While in Worcester, the Julius Quartet collaborated with the artists as assistant coaches and performers in the featured concert series. Furthermore, they worked with “Bridging the Gap”, a program for youth at risk associated with The Salvation Army.  There, the group interacted with kids of various ages, teaching them to use musical improvisation as a way to discover their individual voice. While in residence at The Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, they worked closely with Artistic Director, Leonard Matczynski, as well as The Apple Hill String Quartet and performed a solo recital as part of their featured summer concert series.
 
The quartet is comprised of violinists Hyun Jeong Helen Lee and David Do, violist John Batchelder, and cellist Byron Hogan. As passionate chamber musicians, the group strives to not only explore the extensive quartet repertoire but also to present their unique voice within the music. Recently, the group was awarded 1st prize at the first annual MA-ASTA  String Quartet/Quintet Competition, and was nominated for the Harvard Musical Association’s Arthur Foote Award by The Boston Conservatory’s Music Division Director, Dr. Abra Bush.