The Calidore String Quartet—violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi—won the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the 2016 inaugural M-Prize Competition sponsored by the University of Michigan School of Music. Founded in 2010, the Calidore Quartet served as Resident Quartet at Stony Brook University from 2014–16. It has given concerts in major European, Asian, and American cities, and in 2018 the Quartet makes its debuts for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the BBC Proms. The Quartet has worked closely with composer Caroline Shaw, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2013, and her work co-commissioned by The Phillips Collection will be featured in their program.
FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN (1732-1809)
String Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2
CAROLINE SHAW (b. 1989)
ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810-56)
String Quartet No. 3 in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3
The Calidore String Quartet’s “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct” (New York Times) and “balance of intellect and expression” (Los Angeles Times) has won them accolades across the globe and firmly established them as one of the finest chamber music ensembles performing today.
The Calidore String Quartet have garnered the most prestigious prizes for chamber music in North America and Europe including their most recent 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and, in 2017, the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award. They made international headlines as the winner of the $100,000 Grand-Prize of the 2016 and inaugural M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, the largest prize for chamber music in the world. Also in 2016, the Quartet became the first North American ensemble to win the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and was named BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists. Within two years of their founding, the Calidore String Quartet won grand prizes in virtually all the major US 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 regularly performs in the most prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Cologne Philharmonie, Seoul’s Kumho Arts Hall, and at many significant festivals, including Verbier, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Music@Menlo, Rheingau, East Neuk, and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The Quartet has collaborated with many esteemed artists and ensembles, including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Joshua Bell, David Shifrin, and the Emerson String Quartet to name a few. Strong advocates of contemporary composers, in the 2016/2017 season the Calidore gave world premieres of works by Pulitzer-prize winner Caroline Shaw in New York, Berlin, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Portland, Detroit, and Belfast, as well as works by Hannah Lash and Benjamin Dean Taylor.
Highlights of the 2017/2018 season included debuts at the BBC Proms, Kennedy Center, and Allice Tully Hall, presented by Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, as well as returns to Wigmore Hall, the Verbier and Music@Menlo Festivals. As protégés of the Emerson Quartet, the Calidore String Quartet will perform a joint program with the Emersons at the Ravinia Festival as well as major series in Portland, Ann Arbor, and Southern California. In addition to their Emerson collaboration, the Calidore will also perform with cellist David Finckel, pianists Wu Han and Alessio Bax, and violist Roberto Diaz. The 2017/2018 season continued the Calidore’s three-year residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program.