Calidore String Quartet

Described as “a miracle of unified thought” (La Presse, Montreal) and as "four highly intelligent, deeply sensitive virtuosos" (Strings Magazine), the Calidore String Quartet has established an international reputation for its informed, polished, and captivating performances. Within two years of its formation in 2010 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, the Calidore String Quartet won grand prizes in virtually all the major American chamber music competitions, including the Fischoff, Coleman, Chesapeake, and Yellow Springs competitions and captured top prizes at the 2012 ARD Munich International String Quartet Competition, and Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition. The Calidore String Quartet performs throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has debuted in such prestigious venues and festivals as Verbier, Ravinia, Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, Seoul’s Kumho Arts Hall and the Schneider Concert Series in New York City. In 2014, the Calidore were selected by the Emerson Quartet to become artists-in-residence and visiting faculty at Stony Brook University (SUNY), where they are privileged to be mentored by the Emerson Quartet and cellist David Finckel.

Highlights of the quartet’s 2014-15 season includes a year-long residency as the Stiefel Quartet in Residence at the Caramoor Center (NY), their debuts at Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, engagements at Shriver Hall (Baltimore), Phillips Collection (Washington D.C), the National Arts Center (Ottawa), Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, East Neuk Festival (UK), Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Rheingau Festival (Germany).  Summer 2014 marked the Calidore String Quartet's inaugural season as the quartet-in-residence at the Bellingham Festival of Music (WA) and the Innsbrook Institute Summer Music Academy and Festival (MO).

In February 2015, the Calidore String Quartet released its debut recording of quartets by Mendelssohn and Haydn.  Additionally, the Calidore will release an album on Editions Hortus later in 2015, with music by Hindemith, Milhaud, Stravinsky, de la Presle and Toch commemorating the World War I Centennial. The Calidore were featured as Young Artists-in-Residence on American Public Media's Performance Today and their performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Korean Broadcasting Corporation, Bayerischer Rundfunk (Munich), Norddeutscher Rundfunk (Hamburg), and were featured on German national television as part of a documentary produced by ARD public broadcasting.

As advocates of contemporary music, the Calidore String Quartet performs Pulitzer-prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw's "Entr'acte" in concerts throughout the 2014-15 season in New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. In summer 2015, the Calidore premiers a string quartet by Patrick Harlin, commissioned by the Caramoor Center, as well as a new work by Mark Grey, commissioned by the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival.

The Calidore String Quartet has collaborated with many esteemed artists and ensembles, including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Joshua Bell, Paul Coletti and Quatuor Ebéne, among others. In 2014, the Calidore String Quartet joined the class of Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet) at the Reina Sofia School in Madrid. Additionally, they participated in masterclasses with the Artemis Quartet, Gerhard Schulz and Heime Müller in Weikersheim, Germany (Jeunesse Musicales).  Calidore has studied closely with such luminaries as Andre Roy, Arnold Steinhardt, Guillaume Sutre, Martin Beaver, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Paul Coletti, Ronald Leonard, the Quatuor Ebène, the Emerson Quartet and David Finckel.

As a passionate supporter of music education, the Calidore String Quartet is deeply committed to mentoring and educating young musicians, students and audiences. In February 2015, the Calidore String Quartet conducted a residency at the University of Michigan School of Music, as well as at Chamber Music Connection in Columbus, Ohio.  In January 2014, the Calidore joined the faculty of the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute at the Colburn School. Most recently, the Calidore was selected by the Saint Lawrence String Quartet to conduct a two-week outreach residency of over twenty performances in the San Francisco Area.

Using an amalgamation of “California” and “doré” (French for “golden”), the ensemble’s name represents a reverence for the diversity of culture and the strong support it received from its home of origin, Los Angeles, California, the “golden state.” The Calidore String Quartet aims to present performances that share the passion and joy of the string quartet chamber music repertoire.

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