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"A warm, rich style"

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The Colorado-based Altius Quartet has dedicated itself to expanding traditional notions of the string quartet. Members Hannah Kennedy and Andrew Giordano (violins), Allyson Stibbards (viola), and Erin Patterson (cello) are equally at home as performers, mentors, and educators, and strive to fulfill each of those roles at the highest possible level. Altius has received critical acclaim for their recordings, including Fanfare Magazine describing their 2017 release Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 7, 8, and 9” as “visceral and wrenching”. Altius was also hailed as “rich” and “captivating” by the renowned music blog I Care If You Listen. The name Altius Quartet is derived from the Olympic motto Citius, Altius, Fortius (Latin for “Faster, Higher, Stronger”). This motto is at the heart of the quartet’s mission; Altius seeks to provide a platform for evolution, growth, and inclusivity, whether they are teaching in a classroom or performing a concert. 

Since forming in 2011, the Altius Quartet has served as Ensemble-in-Residence at Southern Methodist University and later, held the position of Fellowship String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder, studying under the world-renowned Takács Quartet. During their time at Southern Methodist University, the Altius worked closely with Matt Albert, Emanuel Borok, and Andrés Diaz. Altius has been awarded prizes at the Fischoff, Coltman, and Plowman Chamber Music Competitions, as well as the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition. 

Altius prides itself on supporting the creation and realization of new music, and their most recent album (Quadrants, Vol. 3), is a collection of works by living composers. Their first album, Dress Code, garnered praise from Review Graveyardfor its ability to “[introduce] classical music to those that are not normally fans…”, showcasing the quartet’s ability to connect with any audience. Dress Code, along with Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 7, 8, and 9and Quadrants,were all released by PARMA Recordings.Altius was also a recipient of the 2015 CMA Classical Commissioning Grant, which resulted in Michael Ippolito’s 4th String Quartet. 

The Altius Quartet has collaborated with notable artists such as Peter Nágy, Håkan Rosengren, Geraldine Walther, Anton Nel, Andrés Diaz, and Bright Sheng. They maintain an active performance schedule throughout the United States and abroad, including recent appointments as the inaugural Fellowship Quartet at the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, MN, and the String Quartet-in-Residence at both the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival (Burlington, VT) and CYA Chamber Music Festival (Cincinnati, OH). Highlights of recent seasons include Carnegie Hall, the Clyfford Still Museum, Aspen Music Festival, Chamber Music Cincinnati, and concert tours in China and Hong Kong. Altius is also invited to teach in schools nationwide and is pleased to partner with Friends of Chamber Music to secure outreach events in the state of Colorado. 

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Collected Works of Beth Mehocic

Release Date: January 14, 2022
Catalog Number: NV6410
21st Century
Orchestral
Orchestra
The music of composer Beth Mehocic comes together as a fulfilling and enticing whole in the COLLECTED WORKS OF BETH MEHOCIC. This all encompassing album merges the many corners and triumphs of Mehocic’s library, with commissioned pieces, tone poems, and various styles colliding in celebration of her extensive breadth of repertoire. Find early works like Piece by Piece alongside the more recent Left of Winter, Picasso’s Flight, and others with performances from Trio Casals, Croatian Chamber Orchestra, Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, Altius Quartet, Zagreb Festival Orchestra, and more.
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Quadrants Vol 3

Release Date: July 12, 2019
Catalog Number: NV6239
21st Century
Chamber
String Quartet
The works of the eight composers on QUADRANTS 3 display both the broad scope of styles and energies that the string quartet can produce, while also highlighting the individual talents of each artist. The resident ensemble for QUADRANTS 3, Altius Quartet, who take their name from the Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger), handles each piece with skill and flair.
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Shostakovich

Release Date: October 13, 2017
Catalog Number: NV6125
20th Century
Chamber
String Quartet
Following their debut release DRESS CODE on Navona Records, Altius Quartet returns with a drastically different set of repertoire on SHOSTAKOVICH STRING QUARTETS 7, 8 & 9 but is played with the same passion and meticulous dedication one could expect from the group. The quartet notes that through studying these works the group was able to find their artistic voices both as individuals as well as an ensemble.
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Dress Code

Release Date: April 14, 2017
Catalog Number: NV6078
Classical
Chamber
String Quartet
Navona Records proudly presents DRESS CODE, the debut release from Colorado-based string ensemble Altius Quartet. Comprised of violinists Joshua Ulrich and Andrew Giordano, violist Andrew Krimm, and cellist Zachary Reaves, the quartet’s core mission is to strive for universality in their music and communicate directly with their listeners.
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