Call for Scores 2016 Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Christopher Adler, winner of our Call for Scores 2016! Christopher's String Quartet is a wonderful three-movement work that explores and combines various musical traditions from Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Albania and northern Europe. To learn more about Christopher, you can read a brief bio below.

We would also like to recognize four Finalists:

  • Jean-Patrick Besingrand - "A Whisper from Space"
  • Gianluca Casteilli - "Mythoi"
  • Alison Yun-Fei Jiang - "Birds, Reincarnate"
  • Max Vinetz - "Permeable Surfaces"

We were completely blown away by the enthusiastic response to our first call for scores, and we received 259 individual works for string quartet! While the U.S. was represented by the vast majority of submissions, other participants hailed from Australia, Austria, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the U.K.

Christopher Adler's String Quartet will receive two performances in the spring of 2017:

April 1, 2017
Mount Allison University
Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada

April 8, 2017
Western Piedmont Symphony Chamber Classics
Hickory, NC

About the winner:

Christopher Adler (b. 1972) is a composer, performer and improviser living in San Diego, California. His compositions encompass cross-culturally hybrid forms drawn from contemporary concert music and traditional musics of Thailand and Laos, the application of mathematics to composition, and the integration of improvisation into structured composition. He is a foremost performer of traditional and new music for the khaen, a free-reed mouth organ from Laos and Northeast Thailand. He is a pianist for the nief-norf Project, NOISE, an Affiliated Artist with San Diego New Music, a co-founder of the soundON Festival of Modern Music, and Director of Composition for the nief-norf Summer Festival. He studied with Scott Lindroth, Evan Ziporyn, Steven Jaffe and Sidney Corbett and is currently Professor of Music at the University of San Diego. His work may be heard on Tzadik, Innova, Blue Griffin, pfMENTUM, Rattle, Blue Leaf, Nine Winds, Artship Recordings, Vienna Modern Masters, Traditional Crossroads, Circumvention, and Accretion Records.



Tesla Quartet takes multiple prizes at 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition

After performing eight string quartets in five rounds over seven days, we are extremely honored (and exhausted...) to announce that we are the 2nd Prize Winners of the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition! In addition to our overall prize, we won the R.S. Williams & Sons Haydn Prize for the best performance of a Haydn quartet and the Canadian Commission Prize for the best performance of Zosha di Castri's String Quartet No. 1. Our prize also includes a fully funded future residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.



Tesla Quartet named Marjorie Young Bell String Quartet-in-Residence at Mount Allison University

The Tesla Quartet has been named the Marjorie Young Bell String Quartet-in-Residence in the Department of Music at Mount Allison University for the 2016-17 academic year. This residency, funded by the Marjorie Young Bell Endowment Fund, has been established in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Mount Allison's first Bachelor of Music degree and the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Marjorie Young Bell Conservatory of Music.