About

The Castleman Quartet Program, is a unique 7-week summer program for intensive study and performance of chamber music and solo repertory, founded in 1970 by violinist Charles Castleman. Joseph Silverstein, former Boston Symphony concertmaster, former music director of the Utah Symphony and Chautauqua Festival, said in the Winter 1989 issue of Chamber Music magazine: Summer programs such as Charlie Castleman’s Quartet Program, and Marlboro and Tanglewood, have developed such a level of expertise and repertoire that was unknown 25 years ago.” Yo-Yo Ma calls it “the best program of its kind…a training ground for lifemanship“.

Master-classes have been given at the program by such other renowned performers as Itzhak Perlman, Josef Gingold, Edith Peinemann, Walter Trampler, and members of the Juilliard and Guarneri Quartets. The Bergonzi, Ciompi, ClevelandEmerson, New Zealand, Orion, St Petersburg, Tokyo, Vermeer and Ying Quartets have performed and coached at the program. 

Alumni are members of more than eighty professional chamber groups, including the Avalon, Bergonzi, Brentano, Cassatt, Cavani, Ceruti, Chiara, Ciompi, DelSol, Ehnes, Euclid, Great Wall, Harrington, Hausmann, Jack, Jasper, Johannes, Jupiter, Lafayette, Lydian, Merel, Mivos, New Zealand, Orion, Penderecki, Shanghai, Whitman, and Ying String Quartets, the Amelia, Kandinsky, Neave and Peabody Trios, the Ames and Lyric Piano Quartets, Chatham Baroque,  Fear No Music, Guido’s EarHorseflies, Les Adieux, Sejong Chamber Players, Tafelmusik, and Tashi. They have won top prizes at the TCHAIKOVSKY, BRUSSELS, MUNICH, NAUMBURG, LEVENTRITT, and SZERYNG solo competitions and, in groups, have won every important ensemble competition, including the BANFF, PORTSMOUTH, EVIAN, NAUMBURG, CONCERT ARTISTS GUILD, ARTISTS INTERNATIONAL, FISCHOFF, COLEMAN, PLOWMAN and CARMEL. They are represented by major concert management and major record companies and participate in the Marlboro, Prussia Cove, Spoleto  and Lochenhaus festivals. They are on the faculties of more than eighty universities.  They are in every top-ranked American symphony, chamber, opera, and ballet orchestra, one of three on the 1st desk. They are employed in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Ukraine, and Venezuela.  88% of those who attended the program for two or more summers and have completed their education have become professional musicians. 

Some of the world’s most respected musicians have come to praise The Quartet Program

ITZHAK PERLMAN

“A most important and unique learning opportunity.”

MICHAEL TREE

“A Mecca for young quartet players.”

ARNOLD STEINHARDT

“I cannot think of a more worthwhile center for our musical future.”

See what other great musicians say about The Castleman Quartet Program on the Testimonials page.