Currently based in Boulder, CO the Altius Quartet is determined to further the art of chamber music through performance, education, and outreach. Deriving their name from the Olympic motto Citius, Altius, Fortius (Latin for Faster, Higher, Stronger), Altius strives to communicate art to a diverse audience through community engagement and innovative repertoire. Hailed as "rich" and "captivating" by the renowned music blog, I Care If You Listen, the Altius Quartet has garnered an international reputation and attracts audiences through their charisma and vitality. Having recently released an album of contemporary works, Quadrants, Altius is also dedicated to working with and performing works by living composers.
Altius has been a prize winner at the 2016 Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the 2014 Coltman Chamber Music Competition, and the 2013 Plowman Chamber Music Competition. In the spring of 2017, Altius released their debut album Dress Code on the PARMA label, and was highly praised for their musicianship and versatility. Review Graveyard remarked, “The appeal for this album is huge. It introduces classical music to those that are not normally fans…” For their second album, Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartets Nos. 7, 8, and 9, Altius has received critical acclaim from Fanfare Magazine describing them as “thrilling and enthralling” and their performance as “visceral and wrenching.”
The Altius Quartet maintains an active performance schedule at music festivals, universities, and concert series throughout the United States. Previous engagements include Carnegie Hall, Chamber Music Cincinnati, the Aspen Music Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the University of Northern Michigan, and the Fayetteville Chamber Music Festival. During the summer of 2019, Altius will be the inaugural Fellowship Quartet at the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, MN, and the String Quartet-in-Residence at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, VT.
Formed in 2011, Altius has held the position of Fellowship String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where they were mentored by the world renowned Takács Quartet. Altius Quartet has also served as Ensemble-in-Residence at the Southern Methodist University, working closely with Matt Albert, Emanuel Borok, and Andres Diaz. Other mentors include Donald Weilerstein, Sylvia Rosenberg, James Dunham, the Emerson String Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, Miró Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, and Kronos Quartet. Altius has also collaborated with celebrated artists such as Håkan Rosengren, Anton Nel, Andres Diaz, Peter Nágy, Geraldine Walther and Bright Sheng.
The Altius Quartet is deeply committed to delivering chamber music to a wide variety of audiences, often performing concerts at alternative venues such as jazz clubs, bars, cafes, homeless shelters, and prisons. Altius also performs and teaches master classes at public schools throughout the country, and partners with Denver Friends of Chamber Music to secure outreach events in the state of Colorado.
When not recording or performing, members of the Altius Quartet enjoy experiencing the great outdoors and a friendly rivalry in their Fantasy Football league. Altius can be found on all platforms of social media via the handle @altiusquartet.