Sarah Pizzichemi, violin
Justin Kurys, viola
Willie Braun, cello
PERFORM, INFORM, INTERACT: EXPLORE
The Skyros Quartet brings a bright and inventive style to the performance stage. Having recently relocated to the Seattle area, they can be seen performing, teaching, and leading community events in their new hometown. In addition to their work in the Pacific Northwest, Skyros has concertized across the US, Canada, and China.
Skyros released their debut album, INTROSPECTIVE ODYSSEY, to great international acclaim in August 2015. It can be heard on the Navona label of Parma Recordings. The project was made possible by a Hixson-Lied Student Presentation of Scholarly/Creative Activity Grant. The album features three early twentieth century works by Benjamin Britten, Joaquin Turina, and Jean Sibelius.
The Skyros Quartet is passionate about educating future generations of chamber musicians. Skyros has led chamber music masterclasses at institutions such as Seattle University, the University of Victoria, and Central Washington University. In 2017, the members of Skyros were appointed as artistic-directors of Tuned In! Summer Student Festival, a week-long chamber music camp for middle school, high school, and college students in Seattle.
Teaching-artistry is a core component of the Skyros Quartet's mission. As teaching-artists, they have engaged with audiences of all sizes and ages. In their formative years, the members of Skyros trained with the Chiara and Miró Quartets, where they learned to create interactive performances that educate and inspire. At UNL, they served as graduate teaching assistants for a teaching-artist class and represented the university at a variety of community engagement events.
For more information about the Skyros Quartet, please visit www.skyrosquartet.com.