December 22, 2011

NEC Presents Quatuor Zaïde as Part of Exchange Program with France’s ProQuartet, Jan. 26 in Jordan Hall

New England Conservatory will present the young and dynamic Quatuor Zaïde as part of an exchange program with ProQuartet-European Center for Chamber Music (ProQuartet-CEMC), January 26 at 8 p.m. in NEC’s Jordan Hall.  The free concert is open to the public.

Since 2003 NEC and ProQuartet have collaborated in a unique exchange program for exceptional young chamber ensembles. Each year two string quartets, one from ProQuartet-CEMC and one from NEC, are selected to participate in a week-long residency abroad. These special residencies comprise mentorship, coaching, and rehearsal, and each culminates in a featured recital in Boston and France respectively.

The concert featuring Quatuor Zaïde is the latest installment of this cooperative program. In May, NEC’s Harlem Quartet, currently enrolled in NEC’s prestigious Professional String Quartet Training Program directed by Paul Katz, will travel to ProQuartet’s academy in France for a parallel week of study and performance.

Quatuor Zaïde, which is composed of violinists Charlotte Juillard and Pauline Fritsch, violist Sarah Chenaf, and cellist Juliette Salmona, has been winning international acclaim and awards since their formation in 2009, notably taking first prize at the Charles Hennen International Competition in Holland in 2010. The ensemble has been in residence at the Aix-en-Provence summer academy and festival and most recently played Wigmore Hall in London. Up next for the quartet will be its debut concert at the Berlin Philharmonic in 2012.

The program for the Jordan Hall concert:
Wolff: Sérénade italienne
Mozart: String Quartet No. 23 in F Major, K.590 ("Prussian No. 3")
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131

For further information, check the NEC Website or call the NEC Concert Line at 617-585-1122.  NEC’s Jordan Hall, Brown Hall, Williams Hall and the Keller Room are located at 30 Gainsborough St., corner of Huntington Ave. St. Botolph Hall is located at 241 St. Botolph St. between Gainsborough and Mass Ave.


Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory in Boston, MA offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 720 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world.  Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars.  Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide.  Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions.  On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, contemporary improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Programs and Partnerships Program, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors.  Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music, jazz, and contemporary improvisation.

NEC presents more than 900 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, century-old, beautifully restored concert hall.  These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz, contemporary improvisation, and opera scenes.  Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre or Paramount Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

Contact: Ellen Pfeifer
Public Relations Manager
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115