Tesla Quartet next up in concert series
April 12, 2012
The Grand County Concert Series’ fourth concert presents the Tesla Quartet.
The Colorado-based string quartet makes its first appearance in Grand County’s classical music series. The performance is at 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the Church of the Eternal Hills, Tabernash.
On April 1, the Tesla Quartet took third prize with Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor Op. 10 at the London International String Quartet Competition. They will be playing the same Debussy String Quartet at the concert in Grand County. The Tesla Quartet was one of 12 string quartets worldwide to be accepted into the competition.
The Tesla Quartet was formed at The Juilliard School in 2008 and quickly established itself as one of the most promising young ensembles in New York. The quartet holds a fellowship as the Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where they study with the world-renowned Takacs Quartet.
The Tesla Quartet has performed in New York City, including a recital debut at Alice Tully Hall in 2009. The Quartet has performed throughout Colorado, including in Harris Hall at the 2010 Aspen Music Festival. The quartet is also active in the grassroots chamber music organization known as Classical Revolution and performs informal concerts in local bars and cafes.
The members of the Tesla Quartet are Michelle Lie (violin), Ross Snyder (violin), Megan Mason (viola) and Kimberly Patterson (cello).
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Michelle Lie began playing the violin at age 14. She graduated from the prestigious Seoul Arts High School and studied at Dankook University in Seoul, Korea, with DaeShick Kang. Lie was awarded First Prize in the 250th anniversary of J.S. Bach Competition and was the winner of Dankook University’s 2004 Concerto Competition. Lie went on to earn her Master’s degree at The New England Conservatory, studying with Eric Rosenblith.
Ross Snyder (violin) is a founding member of the Tesla Quartet. He began his orchestral experience at age 10. Snyder received his undergraduate degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he studied with Malcolm Lowe. He received his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Joel Smirnoff. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Snyder has studied with members of world-renowned ensembles, such as the Borromeo, Guarneri, Juilliard, St. Lawrence, Takacs, Tokyo and Vermeer string quartets.
Megan Mason (viola) is the founding violist of the Tesla Quartet and has served as a tenured member (and substitute principal) of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. During her studies at The Juilliard School, Mason served as Co-Principal of the Juilliard Orchestra. She has also been Resident Violist at the Medomak Conductor’s Retreat in Maine, Principal of University Symphony Orchestra at the University of Michigan, and Principal of the Young Artist Chamber Players in Salt Lake City, Utah.
As a chamber musician, Megan has enjoyed a rich collaboration with faculty members of the University of Michigan, appearing as a guest artist in their concert series, Michigan Chamber Players. She also appeared as a guest soloist in the Chamber Music Ann Arbor concert series. During the summers, Megan has been a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and has studied at Le Domaine Forget and the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Her teachers include Michael Tree, Yizhak Schotten, and David Dalton.
Kimberly Patterson (cello) has been hailed by the Chicago Sun Times as a “superb cellist,” She has given chamber recitals in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center and has held chamber residencies with the Aspen Music Festival and the Bravo! Vail Music Festival. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Patterson earned her Master of Music Degree at The Juilliard School. Her principal teachers include Richard Aaron and Stephen Geber. Patterson is currently a graduate assistant to the Takacs Quartet at the University of Colorado at Boulder and is pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree with Andras Fejer of the Takacs Quartet and Judith Glyde of the Manhattan String Quartet.