CMS Two Member

Calidore String Quartet


Calidore String Quartet Photo credit: Sophie Zhai

Described as "the epitome of confidence and finesse," (Gramophone Magazine) and "a miracle of unified thought,” (La Presse, Montreal), the Calidore String Quartet has established an international reputation for its informed, polished, and passionate performances. Currently the quartet is artist-in-residence at Stony Brook University (SUNY) and is a member of Chamber Music Society Two. In recognition of its international acclaim the quartet won the 2016 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, becoming the first North American ensemble to win the prestigious career grant. The Calidore String Quartet regularly performs throughout North America, Europe, and Asia and has debuted in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, 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.

The Calidore String Quartet has won grand prizes in virtually all the major U.S. chamber music competitions, including the Fischoff, Coleman, Chesapeake, and Yellow Springs competitions; It also captured top prizes at the 2012 ARD Munich International String Quartet Competition and Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition. Most recently the Calidore won the Grand Prize at the 2016 M-Prize, an international chamber arts competition that showcases the highest caliber of international chamber arts ensembles, presented by the University of Michigan.

Highlights of the quartet’s 2015-16 season included its debut at Carnegie Hall, Ladies' Morning Music Club (Montreal), New York City Town Hall, performances of the complete Mendelssohn quartet cycle at the East Neuk Festival (UK), and performances of the Mendelssohn Octet with the Emerson Quartet at Princeton and Stony Brook universities. As advocates of contemporary music, the Calidore performed 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 quartet premiered Patrick Harlin's Birdsongs for the City Dweller, commissioned by the Caramoor Center, as well as Prometheus by Mark Grey, commissioned by the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival.

In February 2015, the Calidore String Quartet released its critically-acclaimed debut recording of quartets by Mendelssohn and Haydn. Additionally, in February 2016 the quartet 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 was featured as Young Artists-in-Residence on American Public Media's Performance Today and its 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.

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, and the Quatuor Ebène. 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.” performances that share the passion and joy of the string quartet chamber music repertoire.