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Altius Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence

Currently based in Boulder, CO the Altius Quartet is determined to further the art of chamber music through performance, education, and outreach. Deriving their name from the Olympic motto Citius, Altius, Fortius (Latin for Faster, Higher, Stronger), Altius reaches diverse audiences through community engagement and innovative repertoire. Hailed as “rich”and “captivating” by the renowned music blog, I Care If You Listen,the Altius Quartet has garnered an international reputation and attracts audiences through their charisma and vitality.

Formed in 2011, Altius has held the position of Fellowship String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where they were mentored by the world renowned Takács Quartet. The Altius Quartet has also served as Ensemble-in-Residence at Southern Methodist University, workingclosely with Matt Albert, Emanuel Borok, and Andres Diaz. Altius has collaborated with celebrated artists such as Håkan Rosengren, Anton Nel, Andres Diaz, Peter Nágy, Geraldine Walther and Bright Sheng.

The Altius Quartet maintains an active performance schedule at music festivals, universities, and concert series throughout the United States. Previous engagements include Carnegie Hall, Chamber Music Cincinnati, the Aspen Music Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Universityof Northern Michigan, and the Fayetteville Chamber Music Festival. Most recently, Altius was the inaugural Fellowship Quartet at the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, MN, and the String Quartet-in-Residence at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, VT.

Altius has been a prize winner at the Fischoff, Coltman, and Plowman Chamber Music Competitions, and the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition. Dedicated to supporting the creation and realization of new music, Altius recently released an album of contemporary works titled Quadrants III, and regularly programs works by living composers. In the spring of 2017, Altius released their debut album Dress Code on the PARMA label. The album was highly praised for its ability to “[introduce] classical music to those that are not normally fans…(Review Graveyard). Altius also received critical acclaim from Fanfare Magazine for their second album, ShostakovichString Quartets Nos. 7, 8, and 9, describing their performance as “visceral and wrenching.”

The Altius Quartet is deeply committed to delivering chamber music to a wide variety of audiences, often performing concerts at alternative venues such as art galleries, jazz clubs, bars, cafes, homeless shelters, and prisons. Altius also performs and teaches master classes at schools throughout the country, and partners with Denver Friends of Chamber Music to secure outreach events in the state of Colorado.

When not recording or performing, members of the Altius Quartet enjoy exploring Colorful Colorado and participating in a friendly rivalry in their Fantasy Football league. Altius can be found on all platforms of social media via the handle @altiusquartet. An up- to-date performance schedule can be found on their website: AltiusQuartet.com.