Quartet Fest West June 8-18, 2017


In-depth study of great chamber music literature with world-renowned Lafayette String Quartet on the beautiful campus of the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada

Quartet Fest West accepts individual string players (including bassists) and pre-formed chamber music ensembles of all shapes and sizes, including duos, saxophone and guitar quartets, piano trios, etc.

Pianists are welcome to apply.

Financial assistance is available. Please indicate your request on the application form.

For more information and to register for QFW visit the QFW Application form.

Application deadline is April 15, 2017



Some scholarships are available.

Contact quartetfestwest@uvic.ca if you are in need of financial assistance.

Tuition includes:

  • Daily Quartet coaching sessions and masterclasses
  • Dedicated rehearsal rooms
  • Rehearsals and Performance in the Philip T. Young Recital Hall
  • Admission to faculty concerts
  • Group trip to Butchart Gardens
  • Chamber music reading parties with Faculty
  • Private lessons (by arrangement with instructors)
  • Feldenkrais workshop
  • ESL available upon request (extra fee)



Ann Elliott-Goldschmid, violin
Sharon Stanis, violin
Joanna Hood, viola
Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, cello


Cuarteto Chroma


Founded in 2015 during the String Quartet Seminar of Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the CHROMA is comprised of members Ilya Ivanov (Violin/Viola), Felix Alanis (Violin/Viola), Carlos Quijano (Violin) and Manuel Cruz (Cello).

They were the top prize winners at the National String Quartet Competition “La Superior” (2017) in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; the Manuel M. Ponce prize at the Festival de Música de Cámara of Aguascalientes, Mexico; and the first prize at the Mateo Oliva National Chamber Music Competition.

The quartet’s aim is to achieve the highest possible artistic quality through research, innovation and the teaching of music as a universal language.

The members of the quartet have been working under the guidance of the Penderecki, José White, and American String Quartets, Ivo-Jan van der Werff (Medici Quartet), and Alain Durbecq (Carlos Chavez Quartet).

They have given music seminars at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon; the Conservatório Pernambucano de Música in Recife, Brasil; and the Centro de Innovación y Educación in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. The CHROMA have also performed in music festivals such as Allegra, NUMTEMPA, and the Festival Camerata Siglo XXI, where they premiered new music and performed with guest artists.

This highly versatile group enjoys delving into many forms and genres of music such as jazz, folk, and electronic. Escenas Dancistica by Alejandro Basulto, winner of the Nuestra America Competition, is dedicated to and performed by the CHROMA.

Quartet Fest West is delighted to host this wonderful group and welcomes them as the Lafayette Quartet’s assistants this year.



All concerts take place in the P.T. Young Recital Hall at 7:30 pm. Tickets available AT THE DOOR (cash or cheque only).

$45 four concert pass. Admission to masterclasses free with pass.

Erlendis Guitar Quartet (Poland)

Friday, June 9,  7:30 pm

$15 tickets available at the door

Cuarteto Chroma (Mexico)

Tuesday, June 13, 7:30 pm

$15 tickets available at the door

Lafayette String Quartet with Yariv Aloni, viola

Thursday, June 15,  7:30 pm

$25 tickets available at the door

Participants Concert

Sunday, June 18, 7:30 pm

$10 tickets available at the door


Accommodation and food services can be arranged by contacting University of Victoria Residences at: www.uvic.ca/residence/visitors/

All fees are payable in Canadian dollars.

Students 18 years of age and younger wishing to stay in residence must be chaperoned. Chaperones are available, however there is an additional fee.

For more information contact Ann Elliott-Goldschmid at aelliott@uvic.ca