Acclaimed as “top-notch, intense, stylish, and with an abundance of flare and talent,” the New York City-based Solera Quartet is Quartet in Residence at the University of Notre Dame. Winners of the 2017 Pro Musicis International Award, the Soleras are the first and only American chamber ensemble chosen for this distinction, and will be presented in a debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in 2018 to celebrate their addition to Pro Musicis’ roster.
Additional upcoming highlights include recitals in New York and Boston and the quartet’s highly anticipated European debut tour. This season will see the release of the Soleras’ first studio album, featuring music by Janacek, Mendelssohn, and Caroline Shaw, and the launch of a two-album recording project for Naxos, featuring chamber works of George Enescu with acclaimed pianist Josu de Solaun, winner of the XIII George Enescu International Piano Competition.
In May, 2016, the Soleras were invited by the non-profit, Project: Music Heals Us, to perform a concert in a Connecticut prison. This transformative experience sparked a passion in the quartet to bring interactive, thoughtfully-conceived chamber music concerts into incarcerated communities across the country. Since that first concert, and with the support of PMHU, the Solera Quartet Prison Outreach Residency has already brought dozens of quartet concerts to federal and state correctional institutions at all security levels in Connecticut, New York, and California -- and continues to grow rapidly. The Soleras have been awarded the 2017 Father Eugène Merlet Award for Community Service in support of a new pilot program launching in January, 2018 - a week-long musical immersion at Danbury Federal Correctional Institution, featuring concerts for inmates and staff, daily interactive study sessions on the life of Beethoven, and a creative composers’ workshop.
The word solera describes a craft method of producing wine and spirits, in which new and old vintages are layered in one barrel to achieve a uniquely complex and ever-evolving blend. Similarly, the Solera Quartet is founded on a deep respect for the rich string quartet tradition alongside an intrepid desire to add new layers to that tradition through developing fresh interpretations, cultivating collaboration across disciplines, and commissioning new repertoire.