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 will 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


$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 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
  • 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

Jerzy Kaplanek, violin

Jeremy Bell, violin

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.


All concerts take place in the P.T. Young Recital Hall at 7:00 pm. Tickets available at the door or by contacting the UVIC Box Office.

$55 five concert pass. Admission to masterclasses free with pass.

The Lafayette String Quartet with Alexander Tselyakov, piano

Saturday, July 14,  7:00 pm

$25 tickets available at the door

Prize Winners Concert

Featuring the winners of the inaugural 2018 Quartet Fest West String Quartet Competition (with members of the Lafayette String Quartet)

Sunday, July 15 7:00 PM

The Penderecki String Quartet with Alexander Tselyakov, piano

Tuesday, July 17th, 7:00 PM

$25 tickets available at the door


Lafayette String Quartet and Penderecki Quartets with Yariv Aloni, viola, Alexander Tselyakov, piano and selected participants.

Wednesday, July 18th, 7:00 PM

$25 tickets available at the door

Participants Concert

Thursday, July 19th, 7:00 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