Victoria’s annual concert series and chamber music festival, Quartet Fest West, runs from June 26-July 8 on the beautiful University of Victoria campus. QFW 2023 brings together two of Canada’s most beloved string quartets, long-time friends and colleagues, the Lafayette and Penderecki Quartets. Also performing and giving masterclasses is UVic’s alumni quartet, Cuarteto Bellas Artes (formerly the Chroma Quartet, Canada’s first Graduate String Quartet). This will be the last year with the Lafayette String Quartet before they retire as an ensemble.
Violist Yariv Aloni will join the LSQ in a concert, and there will be a premiere of John Bolton’s new film “Singing through Generations” featuring music by Nicole Mandryk and Leila Lustig.
Concerts, masterclasses and workshops will be open to the public to attend with a Festival Pass. Click here for the schedule.
Please consider purchasing a Festival Pass to support the participating musicians and enjoy all the concerts and public masterclasses for one low price. Get your Festival Pass and Individual tickets HERE
All concerts take place in the beautiful acoustics of the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall at the University of Victoria’s School of Music
June 29th | 7:00 PM MOZART AND MOVIE NIGHT
Violist Yariv Aloni joins the Lafayette String Quartet in Mozart’s Viola Quintet in G minor, K. 516. You’ll also have to opportunity to view the premiere screening of John Bolton’s new film “Singing Through Generations.” This short film features Nicole Mandryk performing with the LSQ in the work “Singing Through Generations”, co-composed by Nicole Mandryk and Leila Lustig. Get your tickets HERE
July 1st | 2:00 PM PENDERECKI STRING QUARTET
Program: Mozart’s String Quartet No. 14 in G Major, K. 387, Erwin Schulhoff’s Five Pieces for String Quartet and Johannes Brahms’ String Quartet in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1. Get your tickets HERE
July 5th | 7:00 PM QFW GALA CONCERT featuring the Lafayette, Penderecki and Bellas Artes String Quartets and QFW Participants.
Octets by Murray Adaskin, Dmitri Shostakovich and Felix Mendelssohn, plus Johannes van Bree’s Allegro for FOUR quartets! Get your tickets HERE
July 7th| 7:00 PM QFW CUARTETO BELLAS ARTES (formerly Chroma)
Program: Mozart’s “Dissonance” Quartet K. 465, Joaquín Turina’s “La oración del torero” and Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major. Get your tickets HERE
July 8th | 2:00 PM PARTICIPANT’S FINAL CONCRT. For nearly two weeks, the young musicians of Quartet Fest West work intensely together learning new repertoire. This concert is the culmination of their hard work. Program will be announced on the LSQ website during second week of festival. Reception to follow. Get your tickets HERE
As in years past, Quartet Fest West is partnering with St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and the Victoria Summer Music Festival in showcasing the talented young musicians who are participating in QFW.