Apple Hill String Quartet

Elise Kuder / violin
Jesse MacDonald / violin
Mike Kelley / viola
Chelsea Bernstein / cello

Called “dashing and extraordinary” by The Strad Magazine, the Apple Hill String Quartet are the Artistic Directors and resident musicians at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, winner of the Chamber Music America Acclaim Award. The Quartet serves as the Music Directors for Apple Hill’s Summer Chamber Music Workshop in New Hampshire, known for cultivating connection among people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and ages through its guiding philosophy, Playing for Peace.

During the regular concert season, the Quartet performs concerts and conducts educational residencies in the US and all over the globe – in venues as diverse as Moscow Conservatory, Conservatorio National de Musica in Lima, Peru, the Gitameit Music School in Yangon, Myanmar, the Curtis Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, the Hopkins Center for the Arts, Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities in Keene, and the Ketermaya refugee camp outside Beirut, amongst others.

The Quartet’s concert programmes reflect the diversity of Apple Hill: pieces amplifying new voices in classical music; compositions from places representing the Quartet’s global travels and the summer workshop community; and music from the historic canon and new commissions, especially from renowned alumni.

The Quartet has collaborated with members of the Brentano String Quartet, Silk Road Ensemble, Dorian Wind Quintet, Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo, New York Philharmonic, and Community MusicWorks in Providence, Rhode Island. Members of the Quartet have received degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and a Fulbright Fellowship to London.