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The 24th International Intensive Chamber Music Course and Concert Series, known as QuartetFest, brings young artists from across Canada and abroad together with world renowned performers. As one of the most anticipated spring festivals by chamber music lovers and young musicians, we are pleased to announce our host faculty, the Penderecki String Quartet, will be joined by guest faculty the Jose White String Quartet, David Gillham (violin) and Chiharu Iinuma (piano).

  • Dates: May 27 to June 12
  • Location: Wilfrid Laurier University, Faculty of Music, Waterloo, Ontario
  • Fee: $600
  • Application deadline: March 15, 2016 (A $25 application fee applies. Applications submitted after March 15 will be subject to a $50 application fee)


Registration is open to string quartets, piano and string trios/duos as well as individuals on violin, viola and cello on sonata repertoire with Chiharu Iinuma, our collaborative-pianists-in-residence. 

QuartetFest participants receive:

  • Assigned studio space for the duration of the event.
  • Masterclasses with the QuartetFest faculty.
  • One hour individual lesson with a member of the Penderecki String Quartet.
  • Daily coaching and contact with festival faculty.
  • Opportunity to perform at the Young Artists concert.
  • Tickets to all performances.

QuartetFest application and registration fees must be submitted by cheque or cash. Cheques should be made out to Wilfrid Laurier University.

Fees can be submitted by mail to:

Wilfrid Laurier University
Attention: Cathy Chisholm
75 University Ave. West
Waterloo, Ontario
N2L 3C5

Fees can be submitted in-person to:

Cathy Chisholm
Wilfrid Laurier University
John Aird Centre, Faculty of Music
Office, A503

Accommodation is available on campus with Hotel Laurier. Participants are responsible for bookings and payment.

QuartetFest Pass

  • Cost: $99 (general)/$59 (students)
  • Tickets


The Music of Paul Nordoff, E.E. Cummings Songs, Quintet for Piano and String Quartet

  • Date: Friday, May 27 at 8 p.m.
  • Cost: $35 (general)/$20 (students)
  • Location: Maureen Forrester Hall
  • Performers: Penderecki String Quartet, Leslie Fagan (soprano), Laura Pudwell (mezzo-soprano), Daniel Lichti (baritone), Leslie De'Ath (piano)
  • Tickets

Beethoven Trio Opus 97 the Archduke, Mendelssohn Piano Quartet Opus 1 no.1

  • Date: Sunday, May 29 at 8 p.m.
  • Cost: $30 (general)/$20 (students)
  • Location: KWCMS
  • Performers: Gallery Piano Trio, David Louie (piano), Julie Baumgartel (violin), Margaret Gay (cello), with special guest, Patrick Jordan (viola)
  • Tickets

Sean Michaels, Bohuslav Martinu, David Andrew Stewart, Omar Daniel, Jan Bilk

  • Date: Thursday, June 2 at 8 p.m.
  • Cost: $35 (general)/$15 (students)
  • Location: Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas, Perimeter Institute
  • Performers: Penderecki String Quartet, Carolina Eyck (theremin), James Mason (oboe), Gregory Oh (piano), D. Andrew Stewart (karlax) Ian Whitman (bass), Omar Daniel (tesla electronics), Sean Michaels (author)
  • Tickets

High School Workshop Participants Concert

  • Date: Saturday, June 4 at 8 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Location: Recital Hall, Laurier
  • Performers: High school workshop participants

S. Revueltas, D. Shostakovich, F. Mendelssohn

  • Date: Tuesday, June 7 at 8 p.m.
  • Cost: $35 (general)/$20 (students)
  • Location: KWCMS
  • Performance: Jose White Quartet
  • Tickets

W.A. Mozart, F. Mendelssohn, E. Chausson

  • Date: Thursday, June 9 at 8 p.m.
  • Cost: $40 (general)/$25 (students)
  • Location: KWCMS
  • Performance: Penderecki Quartet, David Gillham (violin/viola), Chiharu Iinuma (piano)
  • Tickets

Young Artist Concert

  • Date: Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m.
  • Cost: $15 (general)/$10 (students)
  • Location: KWCMS
  • Performers: TBA
  • Tickets

Young Artist Concert

  • Date: Sunday, June 12 at 8 p.m.
  • Cost: $15 (general)/$10 (students)
  • Location: KWCMS
  • Performers: TBA
  • Tickets


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