Quartet Fest West July 9-19, 2018



(See SCHEDULE for more details.)


Festival Pass $60
Reserve your QFW festival pass or individual tickets by texting or phoning the QFW ticket guru, Bryan Lin at 1-778-889-5227

Masterclasses: July 11, 12, 14, 16 and 17 (see SCHEDULE for times and locations.)



The Lafayette String Quartet with Alexander Tselyakov, piano and Yariv Aloni, viola

Saturday, July 14,  7:30 pm

Tickets $25 or Festival Pass

The Penderecki String Quartet with Alexander Tselyakov, piano

Tuesday, July 17th, 7:30 PM

Tickets $25 or Festival Pass

Gala Concert (Scholarship fundraising concert)

Lafayette String Quartet, Penderecki String Quartet and special guests Colin Tilney, Harpsichord, Alex Olson, double bass and QFW Participants

Wednesday, July 18th, 7:30 PM

Tickets $25 or Festival Pass

Participants Concert

Thursday, July 19th, 7:30 PM

Tickets $10 or Festival Pass

About the Artists:

Yariv Aloni

Violist Yariv Aloni is acclaimed by critics for his “impeccable technical accomplishments, exquisite phrasing and superb viola playing”, and as having “a huge, singing tone and a rare depth and nobility of feeling”.

Former violist of both the Penderecki string quartets and the Aviv piano quartet, he has performed in concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre in New York, the Louvre in Paris, Tonhalle in Zurich, and numerous concert halls in Europe, Canada and the United States. He has recorded for the United, Marquise, Tritonus and CBC labels as well as independent CD labels. He performs in numerous chamber music concerts, festivals and recital series.

He was a finalist at the François Shapira competition in Tel-Aviv, and won numerous awards from the American-Israel Cultural foundation as well as the Israel Broadcasting Authority award for chamber music performance.  As the violist of both the AVIV and the PENDERECKI string quartets, he has performed in many concert halls around the world including Lincoln Centre in New York, the Louvre in Paris, Tonhalle in Zurich, and numerous concert halls in Europe, the United States, and Canada.

 Also a conductor Yariv Aloni is the music director of the Galiano Ensemble of Victoria, the Victoria Chamber Orchestra and the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra, as well as being a principal guest conductor of the West Coast Symphony Orchestra in Vancouver.  His other guest appearances include the Victoria Symphony, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, The Sooke Philharmonic the Civic Orchestra of Victoria, The Victoria Choral Society and Prima Choir.

Born on a kibbutz in Israel, Yariv Aloni studied viola with David Chen at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, Daniel Benyamini, principal violist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and Michael Tree and the Guarneri String Quartet.  With an emphasis on chamber music, he also studied at the Jerusalem Music Centre with distinguished visiting faculty from around the world, including Isaac Stern, the Amadeus and the Guarneri String Quartets, and many others.




Alexander Tselyakov

Internationally renowned pianist Alexander Tselyakov is recognized as one of Canada’s most outstanding musicians.  He has been described as a “phenomenal pianist” (Germany), having “an intoxicating sound” (Israel), and “a perfect artistic individuality” (Russia).

Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Alexander Tselyakov began his piano studies at age 5 in the Special School for Gifted Children at the Baku Conservatory. He began his concert career with the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Orchestra in his native Soviet Union at the age of nine. A student of Lev Naumov at the Moscow Conservatory, Tselyakov combines virtuosity with breathtaking musicality. Tselyakov has won major prizes at the prestigious Second International Music Competition of Japan and the 8th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He has appeared as a soloist with some of the world’s most renowned orchestras such as the Leningrad Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra among many others.

Tselyakov has appeared as a recitalist at major festivals and concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, the Regentenbau Hall in Bad Kissingen (Germany), the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, and the International Piano Festival in Istanbul. Tselyakov has also been heard on WQXR New York’s “Reflections on the Keyboard”, the BBC Radio (London, UK), Erstsendung, Deutschlaud Radio Berlin (Germany) and CBC Radio (Canada).

A busy concert pianist, teacher and chamber musician, Tselyakov collaborates with many leading Canadian musicians. His knowledge of the repertoire and exquisite sense of program balance make him a valuable artistic director of two Chamber Music Festivals: at Clear Lake in Manitoba and Pender Harbour in BC. He resides in Manitoba, Canada where he is Professor of Piano at Brandon University School of Music.

The Penderecki String Quartet

Jerzy Kaplanek, and Jeremy Bell, violins

Christine Vlajk, viola

Katie Schlaikjer, cello

The Penderecki String Quartet, approaching the third decade of an extraordinary career, has become one of the most celebrated chamber ensembles of their generation. These four musicians from Poland, Canada, and the USA bring their varied yet collective experience to create performances that demonstrate their “remarkable range of technical excellence and emotional sweep” (Toronto, Globe and Mail). Their recent schedule has included concerts in New York (Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Los Angeles (REDCAT at Disney Hall), St. Petersburg, Paris, Prague, Berlin, Rome, Belgrade, Zagreb, Atlanta, as well as appearances at international festivals in Poland, Lithuania, Italy, Venezuela, Brazil, and China. The PSQ champions music of our time, performing a wide range of repertoire from Haydn to Zappa as well as premiering over 100 new works to date. Described by Fanfare Magazine as “an ensemble of formidable power and keen musical sensitivity”, the PSQ’s diverse discography includes the chamber music of Brahms and Shostakovich (Eclectra and Marquis labels) and their recently released Bartok cycle. They enter their 20th year as Quartet-in-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.

QFW Faculty:

Gerald Stanick

Gerald Stanick is one of the world’s pre-eminent violists and beloved pedagogues. He has had a wide-ranging career as a chamber musician, principal violist, conductor, and teacher. He appeared as soloist with many Canadian and US orchestras, has performed on radio broadcasts in numerous concerts in North America and Europe and has held positions at the Universities of British Columbia, Western Ontario, Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and Victoria. He has also been a visiting professor at many universities and conservatories in the United States and Canada including Cincinnati, Montreal, McGill, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Washington, and has been a chamber music coach for the musicians of the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

Mr. Stanick was the musical director of the Milwaukee College Conservatory and the conductor of the Ars Musica Chamber Orchestra. He served on the faculty and performed at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Victoria International Festival, Domain Forget and other prestigious music programs. His violin and viola students grace fine orchestras and string quartets across the globe, among them the NAC and Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the St. Lawrence and Kronos String Quartets. He is still an active teacher. One of his more recent students, violinist Lucy Wang, is a member of the award-winning Viano String Quartet from the Colburn School who were top prize winners at this years’ Osaka and Wigmore Hall international string quartet competitions.

Mr. Stanick was a member of the Fine Arts Quartet, Quartet Canada (with Ronald Turini, Steven Staryk and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi), the Corydon Trio, and the New American Quartet whose members included Lea Foli, Cam Trowsdale and Tony Elliott. He performed with some of the most pre-eminent musicians of the 20th century including, Janos Starker, William Primrose, Henri Temianka, Menahem Pressler, Leon Fleischer, and Paul Badura-Skoda.

Mr. Stanick has been honoured by the Lincoln Society, the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, the American String Teachers Association, and numerous other arts organizations.  An active painter, sculptor and cartoonist, Stanick is a member of the Canadian Federation of Artists and has received many awards for his paintings. Throughout his career, Mr. Stanick has been influential in the evolutionary process of the design of the modern viola.

Now a resident of Victoria BC, Mr. Stanick keeps busy teaching, painting and enjoying time with his family and friends.