Puck Quartet at the final performance of the 2015 Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, Manhattan School of Music

Lily Holgate, violin
Kenneth Trotter, violin
Katharine Dryden, viola
Liam Veuve, cello

The Puck Quartet, drawing inspiration from their mischievous Shakespearean namesake, seeks to bring a capricious spirit and evocative language to music.  Formed by chance in 2013 at Purchase College Conservatory of Music, they discovered a shared passion and sense of humor in their approach to chamber music, and have been performing together ever since.

In 2016, the Puck Quartet was selected to participate in the St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar, and was invited to perform in their International Showcase at Bing Concert Hall in Palo Alto, CA.  In past years, the quartet has participated in the Robert Mann String Quartet Institute at the Manhattan School of Music and the Beethoven Institute at Mannes, and was the featured artist of the inaugural concert of the “Under the Spire” concert series in Southport, Connecticut.  In 2014, supported by an award from the Marx Family Foundation, Puck gave the world premiere performance of “Ascension”, a new work by composer Jason Eckardt.  The Puck Quartet has participated in masterclasses with the Decoda Chamber Ensemble as well as with members of the American, Brentano, and Orion String Quartets, among others, including a live-streamed master class with the Miro Quartet at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Upcoming engagements include a feature concert at the Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society with clarinetist Sebastian Lambertz, and the premiere of a new work by composer Nick Virzi.

The quartet’s principal mentors include Julia Lichten, David Geber, Deborah Buck, and Carmit Zori.  They have received coaching from, and worked closely with members of the Saint Lawrence, Juilliard, Orion, Tokyo, American, and Brentano String Quartets.  Members of the Puck Quartet hold degrees from SUNY Purchase, Cleveland Institute of Music, New York University, and Yale University.