Marcus Stevenson joins the quartet, which is currently serving as graduate resident string quartet at The Juilliard School


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Currently graduate resident string quartet at The Juilliard School, the Ivalas Quartet has announced the appointment of Marcus Stevenson as its new violist. He succeeds Aimée McAnulty.

’We are absolutely thrilled to welcome violist Marcus Stevenson to the Ivalas Quartet,’ said the ensemble in a statement. ’Marcus’s love for chamber music is contagious… Marcus has already added such an incredible presence to the Ivalas Quartet through his extraordinary talents, his fresh perspectives, and warm smile.’

A native of New Jersey, Stevenson was a founding member of the Elless Quartet which participated in the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Advanced String Quartet Programme. The quartet won Grand Prize in the 2020 Coltman Chamber Music Competition and was a finalist in the 2022 Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition.

Stevenson is an alumnus of The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Programme and the Manhattan School of Music Precollege. In 2018, he won the Rondo Young Artist Chamber Music Competition with the Neptune Piano Quartet, and the National League of Performing Arts Chamber Music Competition with the Milan Quartet. 

Stevenson holds a bachelor’s degree in viola performance and eurythmics pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Jeffrey Irvine. He was the recipient of the inaugural Sidney D. and Nina Josephs Chamber Music Fund, and the Darius Milhaud Award. He currently studies with Heidi Castleman at The Juilliard School.

Comprising violinists Reuben Kebede and Tiani Butts, cellist Pedro Sanchez and now Stevenson on viola, the Ivalas Quartet was formed at the University of Michigan in 2017. From 2019 to 2022, the quartet was resident at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where the players were mentored by the Takács Quartet. The ensemble was also resident at the University of Northern Iowa in 2020 and the University of Central Arkansas in 2021. It served as Ernst string quartet-in-residence at Caramoor for the 2022-23 season and has recently been awarded the Monique Warshaw Career Grant by Salon de Virtuosi. 

Dedicated to the celebration of BIPOC (black, indigenous and people of colour) voices, the quartet seeks to enhance the classical music world by consistently spotlighting past and present BIPOC composers such as Jessie Montgomery, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Eleanor Alberga.

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