Calidore Quartet premieres Shaw Quartet as 16-17 season heralds explosive success for the recent M-Prize, BBC New Generation Artist winners

11.07.16
Calidore String Quartet

Described by Gramophone as "the epitome of confidence and finesse," the Calidore Quartet, has established an international reputation for its “lustrous, beautifully matched sound, meticulous attention to detail, intellectual rigor, and worldly musicianship” (Ottawa Citizen). Consisting of violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi, the Calidore is enjoying an unprecedented year of accolades heralding inevitable prominence.  In February 2016, the Calidore became the first North American ensemble to win the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and in May 2016 went on to win the Grand-Prize of the 2016 and inaugural M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition hosted by the University of Michigan, the largest prize for chamber music in the world. This fall, the Quartet was also recently named BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists for the 2016-18 seasons. The 2016-17 season marks the first of the Quartet’s three years in residence with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s prestigious CMS Two program.  In 2016 the quartet was also named Visiting Guest Artists at the University of Delaware and will serve as Visiting Artists-in-Residence at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance. 
As protégés of the Emerson Quartet, the Calidore String Quartet were recently featured in a Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performance of Mendelssohn’s octet with the Emerson where the Calidore’s “infectious energy transformed the environment” (Classical Source). This Sunday, November 6, 2016, The Calidore Quartet will premiere First Essay a new quartet by Pulitzer-Prize winner Caroline Shaw, at Soka University in Orange County, CA.  Other highlights of the 2016-17 season include the quartet’s Chinese debut in Hong Kong, debuts on major series in Berlin, New York, Chicago, Houston, Seattle, Portland and Ann Arbor; engagements in New York, Albany, Santa Fe, Santa Rosa, CA and Washington, D.C; and collaborations with David Shifrin, Anne-Marie McDermott as well as members of the Emerson, Borodin and Vogler String Quartets. Complete US concert dates below.
 BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists was launched in 1999 to support young musicians on the threshold of an international career reach the next stage of their development and bring some of the world’s most promising new talent to listeners across the UK through BBC Radio 3 broadcasts. Selection as BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists includes producing several recordings for the BBC over the next two seasons which will be aired internationally on BBC broadcasting as well as performance opportunities in many of the major venues and festivals in the UK. With this distinction, the Calidore Quartet joins a roster that includes the Quatuor Ebene, the Artemis Quartet, and the Danish String Quartet from previous seasons. 
An extraordinary opportunity for outstanding young artists in the early stages of major careers, the Chamber Music Society Two program identifies and nurtures a select number of individuals and ensembles chosen from an international pool of candidates through highly competitive auditions. CMS Two is a rigorous three-season residency, fully integrating CMS Two artists into every facet of CMS activities in New York and internationally. More than half of the current artist roster at CMS is comprised of alumni, current and incoming members of CMS Two, who perform as equal colleagues alongside CMS musicians of all generations.  The Calidore Quartet are members for the 2016-19 seasons, joining the ranks of CMS Two alumni such as the Miro, Brentano and Pacifica quartets. 
 The M-Prize is a major new chamber music award given by the University of Michigan for the first time in May of 2016.  It drew over 170 applicants from 13 countries, from which 29 competitors were selected to participate in semi-final and final rounds judged by a panel.  The Calidore Quartet’s grand prize included a monetary award of $100,000, a televised performance on Detroit Public Television, and concerts presented by the University Musical Society of Ann Arbor, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, University of Florida, Interlochen Presents, Villa Musica (Germany), Rockefeller University and the Krannert Center (University of Illinois). The dean of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and creator of the prize, Aaron Dworkin, called the Calidore Quartet “a perfect example of the extraordinary talent we seek to showcase with this competition.”      
About the Calidore Quartet
The Calidore String Quartet, one of the most acclaimed and sought after chamber ensembles of their generation, has been heralded as “the epitome of confidence and finesse” (Gramophone Magazine) and “a miracle of unified thought” (La Presse, Montreal). The Calidore String Quartet regularly performs throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has debuted in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, Seoul’s Kumho Arts Hall, Schneider Concerts (NYC) and at many significant festivals, including Verbier, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Rheingau, East Neuk and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In addition to winning the 2016 inaugural M-Prize, the Calidore String Quartet won grand prizes in virtually all the major U.S. 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.
 
Summer 2016 included a return to the East Neuk Festival (UK) where the quartet performed the entire Mendelssohn String Quartet cycle. Additionally, the quartet made its debut at Music@Menlo and the Encore Chamber Music Festival and performed the closing concert of the McGill International String Quartet Academy. The quartet returned as quartet-in-residence for a third summer at both the Innsbrook Music Festival and the Bellingham Festival of Music. In February 2015, the Calidore String Quartet released its critically-acclaimed debut recording of quartets by Mendelssohn and Haydn.  Additionally, in February 2016 the Calidore released an album on the French label Editions Hortus, 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, BBC, 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.
 
The Calidore String Quartet has collaborated with many esteemed artists and ensembles, including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Joshua Bell, Inon Barnatan, Paul Coletti, Ronald Leonard, Paul Watkins, Raphael Merlin and the Quatuor Ebéne, among others. Formed in 2010 at the Colburn School of Music, the Calidore has studied closely with such luminaries as the Emerson Quartet, David Finckel, Andre Roy, Arnold Steinhardt, Günther Pichler, Gerhard Schulz, Heime Müller, Guillaume Sutre, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Paul Coletti, Ronald Leonard, Clive Greensmith, Martin Beaver and the Quatuor Ebène. As a passionate supporter of music education, the Calidore String Quartet is deeply committed to mentoring and educating young musicians, students and audiences. From 2014-16 the Calidore served as Artists-in-Residence at Stony Brook University. The Calidore String Quartet has conducted master classes and residencies at Princeton, Stanford, the University of Michigan, UCLA and Mercer University. The Calidore was previously on the faculty of the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute at the Colburn School.
 
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. Read the rest of the review here