The Heimat Quartet


The Heimat Quartet was founded during the fall of 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. All avid chamber musicians, each player brings a wide array of experience and renewed energy to both the music and the group.

The members of the Heimat Quartet live in Winchester, VA, and are currently affiliated with Shenandoah Conservatory.  They will also be part of a year-long orchestral and chamber music performance residency at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.

Highlights from this past season (2018-2019) included the quartets Carnegie Hall debut, performances of the Mendelssohn Octet with the Shanghai Quartet, and the inaugural season of The Heimat Chamber Series.

The Heimat Quartet were the 2016 featured young artists for the 34thseason of Music From The Western Reserve. In 2017, the quartet made their European debut in Hamburg, Germany at the International Mendelssohn Festival. This was followed by recitals and educational outreach performances in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia through their participation at Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (LAMP).

The Heimat’s capped off 2017 with their South American debut, which included concerts and a residency at The International Music Festival of Esmeraldas held at Casa de la Musica in Quito, Ecuador. 

Other notable engagements have included performances and masterclasses at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, The Boston Conservatory, The College of New Jersey, Dickinson College, and Mercer College among others.

From 2015 through 2017 they were the quartet-in-residence at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio. They also held the fellowship quartet position at Interlochen Center for the Arts as faculty at the Advanced String Quartet Seminar during the 2017 summer sessions.

The quartets primary mentors have included members of the Audubon Quartet, the Shanghai Quartet, and Miami String Quartet.



The Individuals

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Heimat is a German word that has no english equivalent. Although one might recognize, das Heim, meaning home, Heimat does not mean ones literal house. It rather portrays a feeling which is rather complex. 


Patrick Shaughnessy, violin

As a violinist, and violist, Patrick Shaughnessy has played in numerous ensembles from orchestral to chamber. As an orchestral violinist, Mr. Shaughnessy has played in Pensacola Symphony, Opera, and Ballet. He has also played with the Tallahassee Symphony, Hingham Symphony, Hanover Chamber Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony, and The Loudoun Symphony Orchestra. In the fall of 2005, Mr. Shaughnessy was asked to do a reading of Mozartʼs 2nd violin concerto with the Boston Civic Symphony under the direction of Max Hobart.

As an avid chamber musician, Mr. Shaughnessy has played chamber music in many different ensembles. In 2008 Mr. Shaughnessy was invited as a guest artist with the San Juan Chamber players. It was there that Mr. Shaughnessy collaborated with pianist Max Levinson, cellist Allison Eldrige, and violinist Catherine Leonard. In 2009 Mr. Shaughnessy performed the chamber music of Apostolos Paraskevas in New Yorkʼs Weill Recital Hall with cellist Francisco Vila, violinist Markus Placci, and others. From 2009 to 2010 Mr. Shaughnessy was a member of the Neave String Quartet. As the second violinist Mr. Shaughnessy participated on many concert series. Some of those included the New England Chamber Foundation, Lyrica New Jersey, a recital at Providence College, and collaborations with cellist Sergey Antonov. Mr. Shaughnessy participated in an orchestra tour of China with The Manhattan Symphonie Orchestra. Other engagements have included a concert for peace, where a performance of Beethoven's piano quartet was given with Victor rosenbaum. Mr. Shaughnessy holds degrees from The Florida State University School of Music, and The Boston Conservatory of Music. His principle teachers have been Yehonatan Berick, Eliot Chapo, and Irina Muresanu.

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Aubrey Holmes, violin

Aubrey Holmes earned a BA from Dickinson College, an MM at The Boston Conservatory, and an MM (string quartet) at Kent State University. His primary teachers have included Ruotauo Mao, Dr. Geoffrey Yeh, Dr. Blanka Bednarz, Dr. Irina Muresanu, Amy Lee, Cathy Meng Robinson, and Yi-Wen Jiang.

In the Boston and New England area, Mr. Holmes has played with MetroWest Opera (Principal 2nd), Symphony Pro Musica (Principal 2nd), Boston Opera Collaborative (Associate Concertmaster), The Cape Ann Symphony (Associate Principal 2nd), Boston Modern Orchestra Project, The Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and The Cape Symphony Orchestra. He was also the Associate Principal 2nd of The Shippensburg Orchestra, as well as a substitute with The York Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Holmes was a principal player in Symphony Nova, a chamber music ensemble based in Boston. He is also the former 1st violinist of the The Videri String Quartet, a quartet specializing in the performance and recording of video game music. Mr. Holmes is now a violinist in The Heimat Quartet which formed in 2014. The quartet is currently completing an Artist Diploma at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey under the tutelage of the Shanghai Quartet.


German philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder, associated with the Enlightenment, Sturm und Drang, and Weimar Classicism had said, “Heimat ist da, wo man sich nicht erklären muß.” (Heimat is where you don’t need to explain yourself). 

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Ivan Mendoza, viola

A native of Towson, Maryland, Ivan Mendoza began studies in viola at the age of ten. He obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Viola Performance from Montclair State University, studying with Honggang Li of the Shanghai Quartet, and Kathryn Lockwood of the Lark Quartet.

During his time there, he was the recipient of the Young Artist Award from 2013-2017 and the Oscar Ravina Talent Award. Recent performance venues include Carnegie Hall, Barclays Center, Alexander Kasser Theater, and concert halls around Eastern United States and Shanghai.


Brendon Phelps, cello

Brendon Phelps is an Akron, Ohio native. He holds a double masters from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) in cello performance and pedagogy under renowned pedagogue, Dr. Melissa Kraut. Brendon has played for great cellists and pedagogues such as: Zuill Bailey, Lynn Harrell, Andres Diaz, Hans Jorgen-Jensen and Jaap ter Linden.

Mr. Phelps has also dabbled in historical performance, obtaining an Early Music Performance Certificate from Case Western Reserve University during his time at CIM, even participating in the 2015 Boston Early Music Festival. He participated in many workshops and festivals, both solo and with the Heimat Quartet throughout the Americas, Canada and Europe some being the Sitka Cello Seminar in Alaska, the International Mendelssohn Festival in Germany and Hvide Sande Masterclass in Denmark. Mr. Phelps is now pursuing an A.D. at Montclair State University under Nick Tzavaras and the Shanghai Quartet as part of the fellowship quartet-in-residence.