Formed in 2011 at the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, Altius Quartet has quickly become one of the most exciting young ensembles in the United States. Recently, they won the Silver Medal at the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, IN. In addition, they were first prize winners at both the 2014 Coltman Chamber Music Competition in Austin, TX and the 2013 Plowman Chamber Music Competition in Columbia, MO.
Altius actively concertizes in Colorado, where it is the resident quartet of the Western Slope Concert Series, and has also toured throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri.
Altius Quartet is also committed to outreach, and often performs concerts and teaches master classes in public schools and music schools throughout the country. In July 2013, the quartet began its residency with the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony where they teach and perform in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Altius has also been invited to serve as the Fellowship Quartet at the Music in the Mountains Conservatory in the summer of 2014 in Durango, Colorado.
Altius Quartet has performed for the most respected string quartets and pedagogues in classical music including Miro Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, Roberto Diaz, Tim Ying, Christopher Adkins, James Dunham, and Arnold Steinhardt. The quartet served as the first Ensemble-in-Residence at Southern Methodist University during the 2013-2014 school year where they were coached by Matt Albert, Emanuel Borok, and Andres Diaz. During their residency at SMU, they represented the university with recruitment and outreach programs in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Founding member and violinist Andrew Giordano is from Williamsport, PA. Violinist Joshua Ulrich is from Saint Petersburg, FL and joined the quartet in June 2014. Violist Andrew Krimm is a founding member from Dallas, TX, and cellist Zachary Reaves is a founding member from Oklahoma City, OK. Currently, the Altius Quartet is the Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder where they are mentored by the Takacs String Quartet.
In their spare time, members of the Altius Quartet enjoy watching and playing fantasy football, spending time with their dogs, and strive to sharpen their witty, and at times borderline inappropriate sense of humor.