Passionate about education, the Aizuri Quartet has taught in-person and virtual master classes/coachings at institutions such as San Francisco Conservatory, Northwestern University, Cornell University, Central Michigan University, Virginia Tech University, University of Houston, Williams College, Vassar College, University of Memphis, Duke University, Hochschule für Künste Bremen, New Orleans Chamberfest, P440 in Philadelphia, Chamber Music Connection in Columbus, Temple University Music Preparatory Division, Bellingham Youth Orchestra, New York Youth Symphony’s Chamber Music Program, Summit High School, Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra, Chamber Music Institute of North Carolina, and Crowden Chamber Music Workshop.
Upcoming master classes and coachings include the Eastman School of Music, Riverdale Country School, and a return to the Temple University Music Preparatory Division.
The Aizuris devote a large part of their time to workshopping and performing pieces written by young composers. Workshops and performances include world premieres by composers at Princeton University for Princeton Sound Kitchen, University of Southern California, University of Michigan, NEXT Festival of Emerging Artists, Ramapo College, West Chester University, NYU Abu Dhabi, University of Hawaii-Manoa, New York Youth Symphony’s Composition Program, and the John Adams Young Composers Program at the Crowden School of Music.
University of Michigan: School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
As part of the M-Prize, in October 2018 we returned to the University of Michigan for a week-long residency in addition to our University Musical Society performance. Events included:
Coachings with nine student chamber ensembles
A visit to the EXCEL Lab (Excellence in Entrepreneurship, Career Empowerment & Leadership) for a presentation and conversation with students and an EXCELcast video recording on entrepreneurship and career-building in chamber music
Student composition readings
String forum and string quartet master class
Short-term residency in March 2017 featuring the world premiere of Stephen Dankner’s String Quartet No. 19. We returned to Cornell in March 2019 for a performance at Telluride House to celebrate our album, Blueprinting.
Chamber Music Master Class
Open rehearsal at Bethe House
Recital at the Carriage House Cafe Hayloft and world premiere of Steven Dankner’s String Quartet No. 19
Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
A week-long, self-curated residency in February 2017
Chamber Music Master Class at Duke University
Educational Concert and workshop for Kidznotes Durham (an after-school program modeled after El Sistema)
Educational Concert at Sherwood Githens Middle School
Performance and chamber music Master Class at the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute
Educational Concert and orchestra sectional coaching at Green Hope and Enloe High Schools
Concert at the famed rock venue Cat's Cradle, presented by Jennifer Curtis's Overtones series.
Final Recital presented by North Carolina State University's ArtsNOW series, featuring the world premiere performances of string quartets by faculty composers Peter Askim and Rodney Waschka
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
As the 2015-2016 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at Caramoor, we worked with local music students in a dozen middle and high schools throughout Westchester and Putnam Counties in New York. Through educational concerts, coachings, and playing side-by-side with the student orchestras, we explored diverse topics ranging from the roots and evolution of the string quartet genre to overcoming stage fright and embarking on careers in music. The residency periods were ten days each in November 2015 and April 2016.
IRIS Orchestra and the Rudy E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis
In partnership with Michael Stern's IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee, and the University of Memphis, our short-term residency in March 2017 featured a joint performance of Mendelssohn's Octet with IRIS Orchestra's Artist Fellows C3Strings and a University of Memphis student.
Chamber Music Master Class at the University of Memphis
Educational Concert for K-8 students at the Hutchison School
Ensemble coaching and private instrumental lessons
Private performance for donors of IRIS Orchestra
Recital at Harris Concert Hall, University of Memphis
Chamber Music Abu Dhabi
A ten-day residency in April-May 2016
Reading workshop with student composers at NYU Abu Dhabi
Recital at NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center
Physics and Music Lecture at Khalifa University
Classical Traditions, Arabic Poetry and the String Quartet: workshop and performance with Talal al Salim and students at Khalifa University
Educational Concert at the American Community School
Recital at the American Community School
Master Class for local music students at Manarat Al Saadiyat
Recital at Manarat Al Saadiyat
Curtis Institute of Music
From 2014-2016, we were the String-Quartet-in-Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Our performances through Curtis on Tour in 2015 and 2016 took us to Latin America, South America, and Europe, where we worked with students of varying ages in the following programs
Concert and Orchestra Workshop, École Municipale de Musique et de Danse in Stains, France
Master Class with members of Orquesta Juvenil Universitaria, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City, Mexico
Educational Concert and Master Classes, Centro Nacional de la Música in San Jose, Costa Rica
Chamber Music Master Class and Orchestra Workshop, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Juvenil in Santiago, Chile
Educational Concert, Teatro CorpArtes in Santiago, Chile
Educational Concert, Teatro del Lago in Frutillar, Chile
Master Class, Hochschule für Künste Bremen in Bremen, Germany
A week-long residency in February 2016
Full recital at Orvis Auditorium, University of Hawaii-Manoa
Reading workshop with student composers at the University of Hawaii-Manoa
Coachings with middle and high school students at Kamehameha School
Educational Concert for Hawaii Youth Symphony
Radio interviews at Hawaii Public Radio and KZOO (in Japanese)
We have a portfolio of presentations tailored for various age ranges, from K-12 to university students and adults. Each presentation focuses on aspects of chamber music, classical music, and what it means to be a team player. Other specialized presentations in the past include:
An online interview at University of Michigan’s EXCELcast, where we take an inside look at the quartet’s identity, our programming thought process, and our debut album (see RESIDENCIES for full video)
In collaboration with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, an interactive performance at Coleman Northwest Regional Library for young children in February 2016, and a chamber music masterclass at Temple Prep for high-school level students in March 2017. Here’s an online link to a description of the interactive performance.
Our program Japan Across the World with shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki as a part of the Lunar New Year Festival celebration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY.
Curiosity Concerts at the Byram Shubert Library in Greenwich, Connecticut. Through an interactive performance, the Aizuris introduced young listeners to the string quartets of Mozart, Janáček, and Debussy by exploring themes like conversation and friendship, the ups and downs of train travel, and imagining the various shapes and forms of water.