New York-based Harlem Quartet, long distinguished for its residency activities at a range of performing organizations and educational institutions, begins a new affiliation this fall as Quartet in Residence at Montclair State University in northeastern New Jersey. The residency calls for one on-campus concert by the quartet per semester, with students in the university’s John J. Cali School of Music invited to attend an open rehearsal preceding it; three chamber-music coaching sessions per semester for Cali School students in a program coordinated by Kathryn Lockwood, former violist with the Lark Quartet and a member of the Cali faculty; visits by Harlem Quartet members to four high schools per semester in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Tri-State area, aimed at generating interest among students in musical careers and the Cali School; and a concert featuring Harlem Quartet at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall on March 12, 2022. The quartet’s on-campus concerts at MSU are scheduled for October 10 at Alexander Kasser Theater and March 14 at Leshowitz Recital Hall.
Passion for bringing music to students and new audiences has made Harlem Quartet a leading ensemble in both educational and community engagement activities. A 2016 Guarneri String Quartet grant from Chamber Music America allowed the quartet to undertake an extended educational residency in Mobile, Alabama, including a close partnership with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. In 2018 it began a multi-year residency with London’s Royal College of Music. From 2015 to 2020 the quartet led an annual workshop at Music Mountain, a summer chamber music festival in Falls Village, Connecticut. And in 2021 it began an association with Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, as its inaugural Grissom Artist in Residence.