NPR listeners were treated to the story of Bryant Park Quartet violist Nathan Schram this past weekend on NPR’s Weekend Edition. The program, which can be found online here, focuses on Schram’s experience with the joint Carnegie Hall/Juilliard training program, The Academy, from which BPQ violinist Anna Elashvili is also an alumnus. The program aims to develop young musicians with strong entrepreneurial skills and a focus on educational outreach in all contexts.
The Bryant Park Quartet embodies the ideals of The Academy. The group doesn’t just play concerts: Schram says part of its mission is to be music educators.
“It’s been really a spectacular kind of growth of everything I’ve been doing in The Academy,” Schram says. “All the outreach and all the community engagement and all the playing, the chamber music — I’ve really gotten to do [it] on kind of an independent basis with this ensemble.”
We were thrilled to find NPR showcasing this area of music development and certainly feel that the Bryant Park Quartet is blazing new trails in what it might mean to be a modern day performance and educational group.
This broadcast was actually the fourth installment of an ongoing series of reports that NPR has made on the The Academy and Schram in particular, beginning in the winter of 2011. Previous stories are also posted from January 2011 (“Juilliard, Carnegie Join Together to Teach More Than Music“), February 2011 (“At the Academy, A Young Ensemble Begins“), and June 2011 (“With a Little Help, Violin Students Get to Carnegie Hall“).