Hailed as “rich” and “captivating” by the renowned music blog, “I Care If You Listen,” the Altius Quartet is quickly garnering an international reputation and enrapturing the hearts of audiences everywhere.
Altius was the silver medalist at the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, IN, and were first prize recipients at both the 2014 Coltman Chamber Music Competition in Austin, TX, and the 2013 Plowman Chamber Music Competition in Columbia, MO. Altius has just competed at the Seventh Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition as one of eight string quartets selected worldwide.
Formed in 2011 at Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts, Altius holds the position as Fellowship String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where they are mentored by the Takács Quartet. The quartet has an active performance schedule including engagements at music festivals, series, and universities throughout the United States. Highlights of the 2015-16 season include: performances at Music at Kohl Mansion in San Francisco and California State University in Fullerton, residencies at the Fayetteville Chamber Music Festival, the Western Slope Concert Series, and participation in the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival as Shouse Artists.
During their tenure at Southern Methodist University, Altius Quartet served as Ensemble-in-Residence working closely with Matt Albert, Emanuel Borok, and Andres Diaz. In addition, Altius has worked with and been guided by many of the foremost artists in chamber music including the Emerson String Quartet, Miro Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, Kronos Quartet, Arnold Steinhardt, Håkan Rosengren, and James Dunham.
Altius Quartet is deeply committed to outreach, often performing concerts and teaching master classes in public schools and alternative performing venues including: jazz clubs, bars, and cafes. In July 2013, the quartet commenced an educational residency with the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony where they perform for and mentor young artists in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. In addition, the quartet served as the 2014 fellowship quartet at the Music in the Mountains Conservatory in Durango, CO, where they had the opportunity to coach several young string quartets.