Bowers Program Artist

Calidore String Quartet


Calidore String Quartet Photo credit: Sophie Zhai

The Calidore String Quartet has been praised by the New York Times for its “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct” and by the Los Angeles Times for its balance of “intellect and expression.” Recipient of a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2017 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, the quartet first made international headlines as winner of the $100,000 Grand-Prize of the 2016 M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition. The quartet was the first North American ensemble to win the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and just completed its third year in residence with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two).

In the 2019-20 season, the Calidore Quartet celebrates its tenth anniversary and the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth by presenting cycles of the Beethoven string quartets in New York, Los Angeles, Buffalo, Toronto, the University of Delaware, Antwerp, and Dresden. Additionally, the Calidore will premiere a new work by composer Anna Clyne inspired by Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge and commissioned by Music Accord in performances at the Chamber Music Society, Princeton, Penn State, Caramoor, San Francisco Performances, and Boston’s Celebrity Series. The quartet will also make its debut at Strathmore and with the Kansas City Friends of Chamber Music. In Europe, the Calidore perform on important series in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Poland, Spain, and Switzerland.

Highlights of recent seasons have included performances in major venues throughout North America, Europe, and Asia such as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Kennedy Center, Berlin Konzerthaus, Brussels BOZAR, Cologne Philharmonie, Seoul’s Kumho Arts Hall, and at significant festivals, including the BBC Proms, Verbier, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Music@Menlo, Rheingau, East Neuk, and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Resilience, the Calidore String Quartet’s 2018 Signum release, features works by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Janácek, and Golijov. The quartet’s other three commercial recordings feature quartets by Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn recorded live in concert at the 2016 Music@Menlo festival, a debut album of quartets by Mendelssohn and Haydn, and an album on the French label Editions Hortus, with music commemorating the World War I centennial.

As a passionate supporter of music education, the Calidore String Quartet is committed to mentoring and educating young musicians, students, and audiences. The Calidore serves as quartet-in-residence at the University of Delaware and the University of Toronto. The Calidore has conducted master classes and residencies at Princeton, Stanford, University of Michigan, the Colburn School, Stony Brook University, UCLA, and Mercer University.

The Calidore String Quartet was founded at the Colburn School in Los Angeles in 2010. Within two years the 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. 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 the place of its founding, Los Angeles, California, the “golden state.”