Since the Tuuli Quartet’s inception in 2019, they have already premiered multiple new pieces for string quartet, collaborated on interdisciplinary works, and featured the music of contemporary composers in recital halls, classrooms, coffee shops, and even mine hoists across the Midwest. The quartet has been featured as guest artists at Michigan Technological University (MTU), and were the ensemble in residence at the Upper Peninsula ChamberFest in both 2019 and 2020.
During their time at MTU in 2019 (New Music for a New Year: Music of the UP in January and Rock Music! A Celebration of Rocks in October) Tuuli performed quartets by Elena Ruehr and Evan Premo, in addition to premiering works by Griffin Candey, Libby Meyer, Patrick Booth and Stephen Rush. Additionally they worked with MTU student composers and assisted in composition masterclasses with visiting professors Ruehr and Rush by performing MTU student compositions.
As passionate educators, the Tuuli Quartet regularly serve as faculty members at the Superior String Alliance Summer Music Camp in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where they also maintain a year-round relationship with local public school music programs, offering outreach performances, masterclasses and coachings. In their role as ensemble in residence at the Upper Peninsula ChamberFest the quartet performs for and coaches pre-formed chamber groups in 6th-12th grade who are preparing for Michigan State Solo and Ensemble.
Tuuli Quartet’s upcoming 2020-2021 season includes a recording project with MTU professor and composer Libby Meyer, premieres of new string quartets by Oliver Caplan and Griffin Candey, a collaboration with the MTU Wind Symphony, a touring recital that includes works by Adams, Booth, Premo, Dvorak, and Beethoven, and a pedagogy lecture at the Michigan American String Teachers Association Studio Teachers Workshop.