Called “dashing and extraordinary” by The Strad Magazine, the Apple Hill String Quartet are the Artistic Directors and resident musicians at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, winner of the CMAcclaim award from Chamber Music America. The Quartet serves as the Music Directors for Apple Hill’s Summer Chamber Music Workshop in Nelson, New Hampshire, cultivating connection and understanding among people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, playing levels, and ages through music performance and education.

The program will include: Sonoralia by Emmanuel Arias y Luna, String Quartet No. 1 by Silvestre Revueltas, and String Quartet in C Minor by Johannes Brahms.


Elise Kuder, violin: Called “first-rate” by the Boston Globe, Elise Kuder is the first violinist of the Apple Hill String Quartet and a Co-Artistic Director of the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music.

Jesse MacDonald, violin: A member since 2020, MacDonald has previously performed with New York City’s Luminaria String Quartet and Boston’s Emma String Quartet, and is currently a core member of Palaver Strings.

Mike Kelley, viola: Co-Artistic Director and graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and The Julliard School, Kelley has been a Teaching Fellow in Electronic Music at Juilliard, and a guest lecturer at Harvard on the subject of electronic dance music.

Rupert Thompshon, cellist: Co-Artistic Director, Rupert made his solo debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the age of 18. Rupert has studied with Mihaly Virizlay and Timothy Eddy, and has received a career grant from the Concert Artist Guild.