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April 19, 2010
Harlem Quartet Chosen as NEC's Next Resident Ensemble ...
The Harlem Quartet (Ilmar Gavilán, Melissa White, violin; Juan-Miguel Hernandez, viola; Desmond Neysmith, cello), a Sphinx ensemble, has been named the next resident ensemble in NEC's prestigious Professional String Quartet Training Program directed by cellist Paul Katz. Comprising first-place laureates of the annual Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players, the Harlem Quartet will come to NEC in September 2010 to begin a program that has shaped the artistic development of some of America's most important young quartets, including the prize-winning Kuss, Biava, Jupiter, Parker, and Ariel Quartets.

The Professional String Quartet Training program offers two years of intensive training and coaching for exceptional groups that show the talent and commitment necessary to pursue a concert career. Groups selected for the program work with Katz (in photo below) as well as NEC's other distinguished strings and chamber music faculty. They receive top-quality training in all aspects of musicianship and career development, including private studio lessons, chamber music coaching, annual performances at NEC's Jordan Hall, and opportunities to play in the community. On completion of the program, they receive NEC's professional certificate in the art of string quartet playing, plus additional degrees or diplomas for which they have qualified. Throughout the program, members receive a full tuition waiver, and a living stipend for each semester of full-time study.

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