UCLA Camarades - Chamber String Ensemble

UCLA Camarades (“The Music of Friends”) is the title given to the chamber music program that is guided and driven by the String Department. It offers superior coaching to all ensembles incorporating strings, from trios to octets, with a special consideration to the rich string quartet literature. These endeavors of study and instruction are crowned by quarterly concerts and form the basis of the group’s essential experience on stage.

Comprised of UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music acclaimed string faculty and its most gifted students, UCLA Camarades is a versatile chamber ensemble that ranges from duos to full string orchestra. Since its inception in 2009, Camarades ensembles have performed at numerous chamber music series and venues throughout Los Angeles including UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, LACMA’s Sundays Live, Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan Beach, the Dilijan Chamber Music Series at Zipper Hall, the Music Guild, as well as featured guests at the Los Angeles Philanthropic Committee for the Arts’ annual gala at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Residencies at international festivals in the summer of 2012 and 2014 – in Yerevan, Armenia, and Tuscany, Italy – were particularly enriching and memorable experiences.

String quartets recently formed within the UCLA Camarades program have also received distinctions in competitions, including, finalist in the Chesapeake Chamber Competition (2011), winners of the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle (2013), finalists at the Coleman Competition (2014).

Since 2013, Camarades has welcomed a graduate string quartet residency supported by a generous gift from an anonymous donor who created an Armenian Music Program at UCLA. The beneficiary, the VEM Quartet, has since enjoyed frequent and special outreach opportunities, including national and international performances.

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