Having been Ensemble in Residence at the University of Liverpool’s Department of Music for the last three years, the Solem Quartet has been invited to extend its highly successful residency for a further three years.
The members of the Quartet are looking forward to continuing their relationship with the department, which involves direct educational engagement with students as well as frequent performances.
The department’s Head of Music, Professor Catherine Tackley, comments:
“This is an educational partnership in the true sense of the word with exciting performance and composition collaborations between students, staff and the Quartet.”
Over the past three years, the Quartet has enjoyed working alongside lecturers as well as many different students at the university. Highlights have included playing and studying the Beethoven Piano Quartets with two pianists who went on to First Class awards in their final recitals, and helping an undergraduate compose a song with string accompaniment for performance in the department’s Lunchtime Concert series.
“The residency at the University of Liverpool is hugely beneficial for us as a quartet. Education work is of the utmost importance to us as an ensemble and we love working with students and lecturers and giving concerts at the University.
Our presence in the Department of Music helps to create an environment that is nurturing for music students. Not only do they receive chamber music coaching from us but also rehearse, perform and compose with us as experienced professionals.
We believe this collaborative work gives students an insight into the professional world.
Similarly, being available as live musicians in analysis and history classes brings examples to life and the music out of the score, making a huge difference to students’ engagement.”