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Dear Friends, Fans, Colleagues and Students,

As we head toward our final concerts here in Victoria, we invite you to plan ahead for Quartet Fest West.

Returning guest artists include the brilliant Penderecki String Quartet and Cuarteto Bellas Artes who you all will remember as the Chroma Quartet when they were the Graduate String Quartet at UVic.

This will be a tremendous celebration of string quartets, quintets, octets and more!

Students are coming from as far as the middle east and from across Canada and the United States. We are delighted to be partnering again with St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church for a mid-festival participants concert in their beautiful sanctuary in downtown Victoria.

As always, festival pass holders are welcome to masterclasses and workshops as well as the many concerts being offered.  But mark your calendars: June 26th-July 8th.

LSQ’s Final Concert: The LSQ’s farewell concert on August 20th is sold out. Due to high demand, they have added an additional concert at 7:00 PM on August 18th. There are only a few tickets remaining. Grab them while you can! All attendees of the 18th concert are welcome to attend the reception following the concert on the 20th.

Because admission is by donation, you will have to “purchase” each ticket separately. We apologize for this inconvenience but are grateful for your support of the string program at UVic. Tickets for the August 18th concert are available here

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.​  

We acknowledge the devastation that government-created residential schools and Indian hospitals has inflicted on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples and the ongoing effects of concentric trauma that continue to this day.  

Since 1986, the members of the Lafayette String Quartet have been entertaining audiences all over North America and Europe and teaching some of Canada’s finest young string players. Their residency at the University of Victoria is rich in local performances and community involvement. Their concerts in Canada and abroad are hailed as “Passionate, riveting, and with flawless ensemble.”

Though the LSQ will be giving its final performance in August, Professors Ann Elliott-Goldschmid, Joanna Hood and Pamela Highbaugh Aloni continue to teach, coach and mentor fine young string players from all over the world at UVic’s School of Music.

FUTURE STUDENTS: If you are a high school student, a third or fourth year bachelors student or a member of a pre-formed quartet interested in studying at UVIC or attending Quartet Fest West ’23 please click here: https://lafayettestringquartet.ca/study/