Pacifica Quartet and The Dover Quartet
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Violins, viola, cello
Formed in 1994, the Pacifica Quartet, based in Bloomington, Indiana, is known for its virtuosity, exuberance and often daring repertory choices. The quartet has won several of chamber music’s top competitions, including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. In 2009 it received the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance and was named Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year. A widely-praised interpreter of classic string quartet cycles, as well as an advocate of contemporary music, the group serves as quartet-in-residence and full-time faculty members at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. They were past resident performers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the University of Illinois, and the University of Chicago.
Known as one of the most talented string quartets to emerge at such a young age, The Dover Quartet formed at the Curtis Institute of Music when its members were 19 years old. The group draws from the musical lineage of both the Vermeer and Guarneri Quartets, but brings a youthful enthusiasm and musical conviction to the repertoire that is truly its own. At the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the group won Grand Prize, as well as honors for their performances of Haydn, Schubert, and best performance of a newly commissioned work. The quartet has been named the first quartet-in-residence at the Curtis Institute and the Ernst Stiefel String quartet-in-residence at the Caramoor Festival for the 2013–2014 season.