Founded in 2016 at the University of Colorado, the Ajax Quartet is an emerging string quartet comprised of violinists Tom Yaron and Renee Hemsing Patten, violist Mario Rivera, and cellist Eric Haugen. Only months after its founding in Fall of 2016, Ajax was selected by the Grammy award-winning Takacs Quartet for the graduate string quartet residency at the University of Colorado. The Ajax Quartet has thrilled audiences at home in Colorado, as well as in California and Washington as part of the Apollo Arts and Concerts in the Barn concert series. Among other tours this season, Ajax traveled to Washington D.C. in October 2017 to perform a program at the Finnish Embassy celebrating the centennial of Finnish Independence. As the graduate quartet in residence at the University of Colorado, the group enjoys weekly coaching and guidance from the Takacs Quartet and carries out their own coaching and playing responsibilities throughout the College of Music.
Photography courtesy of Karen Hemsing-Haugen.