Oceanus Quartet (Spring 2015)
MuChen Hsieh, Jennifer Hsieh, TingRu Lai, Seth Russell
The Oceanus Quartet is comprised of Taiwanese violinists MuChen Hsieh and Jennifer Hsieh, violist TingRu Lai, and American cellist Seth Russell. The quartet is organizing a 10-day educational tour in Taiwan, to bring string quartet music to school, community and performance settings where it is currently lacking. The classical music education system in Taiwan focuses heavily on solo and orchestral music, with few opportunities for students to study in small ensembles or hear high-level chamber music performances. Through workshops, lecture-demonstrations, masterclasses, and performances, the Oceanus Quartet will expose young musicians to the richness of chamber music and introduce them to a new set of musical skills, including communication, collaboration, group problem-solving and interpretation.