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Hausmann Quartet wins SF State fellowship

February 16, 2009 -- The Hausmann Quartet will be the next group to work alongside the Alexander String Quartet, SF State's quartet-in-residence.

Photo of the Hausmann Quartet.

The Hausmann Quartet

The Ohio-based Quartet won the Morrison Fellowship Prize for a Residency with the Alexander String Quartet at San Francisco State University on the basis of its performances, master classes and workshops at SF State's sixth annual Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Festival.

“The warmth and support that we felt from everyone involved in the Menuhin Festival, as well as the community who came to hear the concerts, has touched us deeply,” said Bram Goldstein, a violinist in the Hausmann Quartet. “We look forward to adding to this already rich landscape of chamber music in San Francisco, and to our ensuing mentorship with the Alexander Quartet.”

The other quartet competing for the Morrison Fellowship, the Cecilia String Quartet, performed during the festival. Members of the Alexander String Quartet announced the results during the Jan. 25 grand finale concerts of the Menuhin Music Festival.

"We were tremendously impressed by the talent and good-natured spirit and hard work of both ensembles throughout five very intense days," said Sandy Wilson, cellist for the Alexander String Quartet. "We were overwhelmed by the focus and abundant expertise evidenced by these young musicians throughout a full schedule of private classes, public workshops, master classes and, of course, in their unforgettable concert performances."

The Hausmann Quartet formed in 2004 and made its debut at the Lyrica Boston chamber music series where it was named Lyrica Boston's young artists-in-residence.

The quartet is comprised of violinists Isaac Allen and Bram Goldstein, violist Angela Choong and cellist Yuan Zhang.
The ensemble serves as teaching assistants to the Miami String Quartet at Kent State University through May before coming to SF State at the beginning of the Fall 2009 semester.

The 2009-2010 Fellowship Prize is sponsored by the University’s International Center for the Arts and the May Treat Morrison Trust. In addition to the mentorship by the Alexander String Quartet, the fellowship includes opportunities for the Hausmann to engage in extensive teaching, studying and performing on its own and with the Alexander String Quartet and other artists, recording a full-length CD to be released commercially, outreach into San Francisco schools and community-based organizations and coaching on grant-writing.

The Alexander String Quartet previously mentored the Afiara String Quartet, which won first place at the 2008 Concert Artists Guild International Competition and will soon release its debut album, featuring works by Schubert and Mendelssohn.

-- Michael Bruntz


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