Fry Street Quartet Faculty
Students attending the Chamber Music Festival will have the opportunity to engage, perform, and study with Utah State University's resident string quartet - The Fry Street Quartet.
This remarkable quartet – hailed as "a triumph of ensemble playing" by the New York Times – is a multi-faceted ensemble taking chamber music in new directions. Touring music of the masters as well as exciting original works from visionary composers of our time, the Fry Street Quartet has perfected a "blend of technical precision and scorching spontaneity" (The Strad). Since securing the Grand Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the quartet has reached audiences from Carnegie Hall to London, and Sarajevo to Jerusalem, exploring the medium of the string quartet and its life-affirming potential with "profound understanding...depth of expression, and stunning technical astuteness" (Deseret Morning News).
Education is integral to the quartet’s mission, and the players are invigorated by the ways in which teaching and performing support and feed off each other. The Fry Street Quartet holds the Dan C. and Manon Caine Russell Endowed String Quartet Residency at the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University. As the sole string faculty, each member of the ensemble teaches his or her instrument as well as chamber music studies.
The FSQ has created a unique string program of highly motivated and tightly knit students who receive an extraordinary amount of attention and care from their mentors. Students of the ensemble have gone on to renowned graduate programs, including those at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Northwestern University, Royal Conservatory of Scotland, New England Conservatory, Peabody Institute of Music, and The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and have won MTNA and ASTA competitions in solo and chamber music categories, the Lion’s Club International Violin Competition, and the T. Gordon Parks Collegiate Concerto Competition.
Fry Street Quartet Members
Robert Waters, violin
A violinist with “pristine musicianship married to dazzling energy “ (San Francisco ClassicalVoice), Robert Waters is the first violinist of the Fry Street Quartet, in residence at the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University.
Rebecca McFaul, violin
The “freedom” and “brilliance” (New York Concert Review) of violinist Rebecca McFaul has fashioned performances that “glide through with a dancer’s grace” (Charlotte Observer).
Bradley Ottesen, viola
Bradley Ottesen is the violist of the internationally acclaimed Fry Street Quartet. He holds the position of Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Utah State University, and currently serves as the President of the Utah Viola Society.