The Heimat Quartet


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

The quartets primary teachers have included the Miami String Quartet (Kent State University in Kent, Ohio), and the Shanghai Quartet (Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ).

Notable engagements have included performances and master classes at The College of New Jersey, Mercer College, Duke University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Dickinson College among others. The Heimat Quartet were the 2016 featured young artists for the 34th season of Music From The Western Reserve. Members of the quartet held teaching positions in the greater Cleveland area where they were also the String Quartet-in-Residence at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio (2015-2017).  They held the fellowship quartet position at Interlochen Center for the Arts as faculty at the Advanced String Quartet Seminar during the 2017 summer sessions.

During the 2017-2018 season the quartet made their European debut in Hamburg, Germany at the International Mendelssohn Festival.  This was followed by a recital and educational outreach performances in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia through their participation at Lunenburg Academy of Music (LAMP).  The Heimat’s capped off 2017 with their South American debut, which included performances and a residency at The International Music Festival of Esmeraldas held at Casa de la Musica in Quito, Ecuador.


Recent engagements have included a return to LAMP this past May, followed by performances at Encore Chamber Music Festival, in Cleveland, Ohio.  The quartet will have their Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall on March 4th, 2019.



The Individuals

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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.

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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.