Montréal 2017


String Quartet


Luri Lee , violin
Jeffrey Dyrda , violin
Hezekiah Leung , viola
Jonathan Lo , cello

First Prize winner of the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Rolston Quartet has also won First Prize at the 31st Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, Third Prize at the inaugural M-Prize Competition, and the Durosoir Prize at the 2016 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.

Formed in 2013 and Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at Rice University, the quartet has collaborated with renowned artists Andrés Díaz, Gil Kalish, Mark Morris, Donald Palma and Jon Kimura Parker. Additionally, they have worked closely with composers John Luther Adams and Brian Current.

The quartet takes its name after Canadian violinist Thomas Rolston, the founder of the Music and Sound Programs at the Banff Centre.


String Quartet


Mark Derudder , violin
Bálint Váray , violin
Miguel Á. Rodriguez , viola
Pau Codina , cello

Winner of the 2nd prize at the Trondheim International Chamber Music and winner of the Tunnell Trust Award, the Idomeneo Quartet was formed in 2009 and held the Chamber Music Fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London under the guidance of Alasdair Tait before pursuing studies in Salzburg and Stuttgart.

The Idomeneo Quartet has held recitals in numerous concert venues all over Europe and extensively throughout the UK as well as given concert tours in Brazil and around Scotland and performed at numerous international festivals.

The quartet has also received guidance from such musicians as Rainer Schmidt, the Vogler Quartet, Bernard Greenhouse and Günter Pichler.


String Quartet


Sebastian Casleanu , violin
Teofil Todica , violin
Martha Windhagauer , viola
Bas Jongen , cello

Founded in 2014, the Giocoso Quartet is the winner of the 2nd Prize, the Peter Druce Audience Award and the Musica Viva Australia Prize at the 2015 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

Graduate ensemble at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, the quartet is also a recent alumni of the renowned European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA), which has provided them with multiple international concert opportunities.

The Giocoso Quartet is greatly involved in the community; in conjunction with the Yehudi Menuhin Live-Music-Now Foundation they have taken part in special social projects to present music to the elderly and the intellectually and physically disabled.


String Quartet

United States

D. Kowintaweewat , violin
Seula Lee , violin
Pablo Muñoz Salido , viola
Zizai Ning , cello

Quartet-in-Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Zorá Quartet leapt into national attention in 2015 when they won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Grand Prize and Gold Medal of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in California.

Formed in 2014 at Indiana University, the Quartet was given the opportunity to be the String Quartet-in-Residence to perform and study manuscripts at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany. The quartet has collaborated with Pulitzer-Prize-winning American composer Caroline Shaw and the NOTUS Contemporary Ensemble. The name “Zorá” was chosen by violin professor Kevork Mardirossian at Indiana University; it means "sunrise" in Bulgarian.


String Quartet

United States

Beatrice Hsieh , violin
Charles Gleason , violin
John Grigsby , viola
Daniel Blumhard , cello

Established in the fall of 2014, the Belka Quartet was formed at the Cleveland Institute of Music where they study under the tutelage of Peter Salaff and members of the Cavani String Quartet. 

The Belka won first place in the 2015 Darius Milhaud Performance Prize Competition, and was featured in the Music in the Galleries series at the Cleveland Museum of Art. 

The quartet has also received guidance from Robert Mann, Amy Schwartz Moretti, Beth Oakes, Joel Smirnoff, Joan Kwuon and the Takacs, Belcea and Casals Quartets.


String Quartet

United States

Paul Aguilar , violin
Rachel Stenzel , violin
Eva Kennedy , viola
Hannah Moses , cello

Winner of the first prize in the 2017 Ohio String Teachers’ Association Chamber Music Competition, the Callisto Quartet was formed in 2016 at the Cleveland Institute of Music where they study under the tutelage of Peter Salaff and the Cavani String Quartet. 

The quartet was selected as the CIM Apprentice Quartet for 2017, a position which includes extensive education and performance activities throughout the Cleveland community.

The Callisto has also received guidance from Shmuel Ashkenasi, Mathias Tacke, Ronald Copes, Roger Tapping, Colin Carr, and members of the Belcea and Calidore Quartets.


String Quartet


Roman Fraser , violin
Maithéna Thibeault , violin
Evan Robinson , viola
Joshua Morris , cello

Winner of the Gold Medal and the Grand Prize of the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Milton quartet was formed in 2015 at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University where they work under the tutelage of professor André J. Roy. 

In addition to performing at University events, the quartet has enjoyed a wide variety of musical engagements in Montreal including their debut at the Lakeshore Chamber Music Society. 

The Milton String Quartet is also the winner of the 2016 McGill Chamber Music Competition and of the 2017 Encore Chamber Music String Quartet Fellowship.


String Quartet

United States

Jisun Lee , violin
Michael Romans , violin
Ursula Steele , viola
Joanne Yesol Choi , cello

Formed in 2014, the Von Quartet is the current Undergraduate Quartet in Residence at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University where they are under the guidance and tutelage of the Pacifica Quartet. Recently, the Von Quartet won the 2017 Quartet Residency at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany. 

In 2016, they have participated in the Banff Chamber Music Residency and the Ashkenazi/Kirshbaum Chamber Music Seminar at the Heifetz International Music Institute and in the Robert Mann String Quartet Seminar held at the Manhattan School of Music.