Joshua Ulrich (violin), Andrew Giordano (violin), Allyson Stibbards (viola), Erin Patterson (cello)
Hailed as “rich” and “captivating” by the renowned music blog, I Care If You Listen, the Colorado based Altius Quartet is determined to further the art of chamber music through performance, education, and outreach. Deriving their name from the Olympic motto Citius, Altius, Fortius (Latin for Faster, Higher, Stronger), Altius reaches diverse audiences through community engagement and innovative repertoire. The quartet is comfortable performing in venues from art galleries and jazz clubs, to homeless shelters, and prisons.
Formed in 2011, the Altius Quartet has held the position of Fellowship String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where they were mentored by the world renowned Takács Quartet. Altius has also served as Ensemble-in-Residence at Southern Methodist University, working closely with Matt Albert, Emanuel Borok, and Andres Diaz. Altius has been a prize winner at the Fischoff, Coltman, and Plowman Chamber Music Competitions, and the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition.
Altius has shared the stage with noteable artists such as Håkan Rosengren, Anton Nel, Andres Diaz, Peter Nágy, Geraldine Walther and Bright Sheng, and maintains an active performance schedule throughout the United States and abroad. Previous engagements include Carnegie Hall, Chamber Music Cincinnati, the Aspen Music Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the University of Northern Michigan, and the Fayetteville Chamber Music Festival. Most recently, Altius was the inaugural Fellowship Quartet at the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, MN, and the String Quartet-in-Residence at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, VT. Altius is also invited as a clinician to schools throughout the country, and partners with Friends of Chamber Music to secure outreach events in the state of Colorado.
Dedicated to supporting the creation and realization of new music, Altius’ most recent album, titled Quadrants III, features works by living composers. Altius was also a recipient of the CMA Classical Commissioning Grant resulting in the composition of Michael Ippolito’s 4th String Quartet. In the spring of 2017, Altius released their debut album Dress Code on the PARMA label. The album was highly praised for its ability to “[introduce] classical music to those that are not normally fans…(Review Graveyard). Altius also received critical acclaim from Fanfare Magazine for their second album, Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 7, 8, and 9, describing their performance as “visceral and wrenching.”
Altius Quartet is currently donating all album proceeds to the Equal Justice Initiative.
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