The Haven String Quartet


About the Quartet

Yaira Matyakubova (violin); Gregory Tompkins (violin); Annalisa Boerner (viola); Philip Boulanger (cello).

Yaira Matyakubova (violin); Gregory Tompkins (violin); Annalisa Boerner (viola); Philip Boulanger (cello).

Featured in the New York Times and WNPR, and sought after for both their command on the concert stage and comfort in the classroom, the Haven String Quartet (HSQ) has been hailed as “New Haven’s resident string quartet.” Its four members represent the nation’s top conservatories and bring world-class chamber music to the region each year through their full season of recitals, workshops, and impromptu pop-up performances.

As the permanent quartet-in-residence of Music Haven, the Haven String Quartet spearheads a nationally-recognized, free after-school lessons program for more than 80 students from New Haven’s most under-served neighborhoods. The HSQ and Music Haven provide their students with more than 2,500 contact hours per year through one-on-one lessons, group classes, coachings for student chamber groups, and the Harmony in Action youth orchestra. Music Haven and the Haven String Quartet’s program has been recognized as a top 50 after-school arts program in the country by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities five years in a row now.

The HSQ also brings its passion and skill to frequent workshops and non-traditional performances, both in New Haven and throughout the East Coast. One of many such interactive workshops, the quartet’s “World Travelers” program (featuring works from Serbia, Uganda, Cuba, Mexico, and the United States), has thrilled audiences at such venues as the Ashforth Children’s Concert Series in Greenwich, Conn., and public schools in Bridgeport, Conn. The HSQ can also be spotted every June playing dozens of pop-up community concerts around New Haven on a flatbed “String Quartet Truck” in conjunction with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

Through an integrated dual role as professional musicians and teaching artists, members of the quartet embody Music Haven’s mission to empower and connect young people through exceptional tuition-free music education, mentoring, and performance in the heart of New Haven, giving all kids a chance to play. 

Each quartet member is an exemplary performer and teaching artist, having graduated from institutions such as Yale University, Northwestern University,  New England ConservatoryRice UniversityEastman School of Music, and Cleveland Institute of Music

FUN FACT - All 4 members of the Haven String Quartet are left-handed!

“Violinists Yaira Matyakubova and Gregory Tompkins, violist Annalisa Boerner and cellist Philip Boulanger performed with a youthful zest, yet with real musical understanding and refinement.”

-Jim Lowe, Staff Writer for the Rutland Herald


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The Haven String Quartet (HSQ) performs in-school assembly or classroom programs to bring the excitement of live performance to school audiences. All the quartet’s programs combine performance, demonstration and participation elements. Music Haven’s teaching artists weave interactive learning opportunities and educational substance into 45-minute performances.

Each workshop introduces the string instrument family and explores concepts of teamwork, communication, and problem-solving methods. Workshops often also include illustrations of non-verbal communication within the quartet and explorations of emotions, textures, and imagery inspired by music. Through a combination of interactive activities, story-telling, and music, the HSQ connects musical ideas with academic, social, and cultural learning concepts. 

Examples of educational residency workshops include:

  • “Around the World with the Haven String Quartet”
  • “Whimsy and Caprice: Discovering Humor in Music”
  • “The Art of Conversation in Music”
  • “Music in Motion: Dances from Around the World"

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Our second annual Adult Chamber Music Seminar takes place May 13-14, 2017, in New Haven, CT.

Study masterworks of the chamber music repertoire with the world-class musicians of the Haven String Quartet! Join us for an exciting weekend of playing, concerts, camaraderie and musical growth as you receive daily coachings with Music Haven's Resident Quartet. 


We will welcome you on Saturday morning...

where we will have a meet and greet with the musicians and other festival participants before we break off into coaching. Each group will get a chance to work with every member of the quartet as well as two guest coaches throughout the day. After a break for participants to get dinner, everyone will receive two tickets to the Haven String Quartet's final performance of the season, presenting Beethoven's epic String Quartet in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131 at the Unitarian Society of New Haven. 

The weekend will finish off with morning coaching on Sunday...

topped off by a showcase concert for all participants, friends and families. Coffee and lunch will be provided on both days; other meals and overnight accommodations are the responsibility of individual participants. (Recommendations on local accommodations and dining will be gladly supplied upon request — we can proudly boast that New Haven is a fabulous food city!)

Tuition for this action-packed weekend is $300 per person (including a $50 non-refundable deposit upon application).

All proceeds from the Seminar will support Music Haven's award-winning programming, which includes free after-school lessons and instruments for 80 youth in New Haven's most under-served neighborhoods.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

  • 8:45 AM - 9:15 AM - Arrival and coffee (provided by Music Haven)
  • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM - Coaching No. 1
  • 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM - Coaching No. 2
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Lunch (provided by Music Haven)
  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM - Coaching No. 3
  • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Coaching No. 4
  • Break - (Dinner on your own)
  • 7:30 PM - Haven String Quartet Concert @ Unitarian Society

Sunday, May 14th, 2017 

  • 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Arrival & coffee (provided by Music Haven)
  • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM - Coaching No. 1
  • 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM - Coaching No. 2
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM- Lunch (provided by Music Haven)
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Seminar Showcase Concert
Music Haven's Philip

All levels are welcome! Preference will be given to pre-formed groups. Individual applicants are welcome, with the understanding that they will be organized into a group. Individual applicants are asked to submit a 5-minute placement video or recording — either of a recent solo you've worked on, or of you playing in a chamber group — to Resident Cellist Philip Boulanger. Applications are due by April 30, 2017.


See us play

2016-2017 HSQ Concert Series