Quartet Fest West July 9-19, 2018


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.


Quartet Fest West String Quartet Competition for young preformed quartets. First and Second Prizes are awarded FREE tuition scholarships for each quartet member to study at QFW 2018 (a value of $3400 per quartet!) and may be featured in their own concert (with the chance to perform with members of the Lafayette String Quartet)*.

Please indicate your desire to enter the competition on the QFW application form.

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

Application deadline is May 1, 2018 (EXTENDED to May 20th)


$850 (Canadian)

Financial assistance is available. Please indicate your request on the application form or contact quartetfestwest@uvic.ca if you are in need of financial assistance.

Tuition includes:

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



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

with Guest Artists

Yariv Aloni, viola

Gerald Stanick, viola

Alexander Tselyakov, piano


The Penderecki String Quartet


All concerts take place in the P.T. Young Recital Hall at 7:30 pm.


You can can reserve your QFW festival pass or individual tickets by texting or phoning our QFW ticket guru, Bryan Lin: 778-889-5227. Tickets will also be available at the Galiano Ensemble of Victoria Concert on June 6th or at the door during QFW events (masterclasses and concerts).

Festival Pass: $60

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)

Wednesday, July 18th, 7:30 PM

Tickets $25 or Festival Pass

Participants Concert

Thursday, July 19th, 7:30 PM

Tickets $10 or Festival Pass

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.


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.


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.



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