In the final ENCORE Interview for Opus 2, Willie and Justin speak with violist James Dunham. This conversation is the unabridged version of that heard in the fourth episode: How to Train Your String Quartet. This episode diverges from our standard TCC format, featuring a series of conversations about chamber music pedagogy, the methods used to teach chamber music. In addition to the interview with Mr. Dunham, the episode also features a conversation with violinist Annie Fullard of the Cavani Quartet and a discussion amongst all four members of the Skyros Quartet about their favorite coaching memories (as both students and coaches).
Mr. Dunham has served as violist in several eminent string quartets, such as the Cleveland and Sequoia Quartets, and currently teaches at the Rice University Shepherd School of Music. In this ENCORE interview, Mr. Dunhams reflects on his role as a chamber music educator and what it means to be a chamber musician. We also discuss how chamber music pedagogy has changed over recent generations and the importance of collaborating with composers in the creation of new music.