About the Artists
The Tesla Quartet was formed at The Juilliard School in 2008 and quickly established itself as one of the most promising young ensembles in New York, winning Second Prize at the J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition only a few months after its inception. The musicians are:
- Ross Snyder, violin
- Michelle Lie, violin
- Edwin Kaplan, viola
- Serafim Smigelskiy, cello
- Gold Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition
- Third Prize and the Best Interpretation of the Commissioned Work at the 6th International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna
- Third Prize at the 2012 London International String Quartet Competition
- The Prize for the International Summer Academy for Chamber Music Niedersachsen at the 2013 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.
The quartet has enjoyed a busy performing schedule, both in the States and abroad, with recent international appearances in Austria, England and France. During the 2015-16 season the Tesla Quartet will perform across the U.S., including Alabama, California, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. The quartet also holds a community residency in Hickory, North Carolina that includes performances and workshops at local colleges, universities and in the public school system, as well as a dedicated chamber music series.
"The Tesla was technically superb...its performance full of urgency, colour and subtle dynamics. This was a masterclass in quartet technique...” - The Strad
From 2009 to 2012 the quartet held a fellowship as the Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where they studied with the world-renowned Takács Quartet. They have also worked with Günter Pichler and Rainer Schmidt in ProQuartet-CEMC’s professional training program in France. Additional coaches include the Tokyo String Quartet, the Artis Quartet, Mark Steinberg, James Dunham, Robert Mann, Sylvia Rosenberg, and members of the Alban Berg, Emerson, Endellion, and Kronos Quartets. In the summer of 2011 the quartet held a fellowship at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and in 2010 they were fellows at the Aspen Music Festival’s Center for Advanced Quartet Studies.
“This was a subtly coloured performance that balanced confidently between intimacy and extroversion.” - London Evening Standard
Education and outreach
Community involvement and outreach are integral parts of the Tesla Quartet’s mission, and the group has brought inspiring music to children’s hospitals, soup kitchens, libraries, retirement communities, and schools. They are currently the String Quartet-in-Residence in the Hickory, North Carolina, metro area through the sponsorship of the Western Piedmont Symphony. The residency includes educational programs for children and seniors as well as collaborations at local universities and community colleges. The ensemble spent three years in partnership with the Aspen Music Festival’s Musical Odysseys Reaching Everyone program (M.O.R.E), providing lessons, master classes, workshops, and performances for young string players in the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado. As Quartet-in-Residence at the Strings Music Festival from 2012-13, the quartet provided community enrichment programs to the Steamboat Springs and Craig, CO, communities. The quartet has also coached a chamber music program in conjunction with the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras, and in the summer of 2012 they were the faculty quartet at the Renova Music Festival in Pennsylvania.
Information and images on this page were retrieved from the artists' website. Please visit it to learn more: