ROLSTON STRING QUARTET (Canada) - 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 as the Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at Rice University, the Rolston Quartet has collaborated with renowned artists like Andrés Díaz, Gil Kalish, Mark Morris, Donald Palma and Jon Kimura Parker. Additionally, the group has worked closely with composers John Luther Adams and Brian Current. The group takes its name after Canadian violinist Thomas Rolston, the founder of the Music and Sound Programs at the Banff Centre.
VERONA STRING QUARTET (Singapore/U.S.A./Canada/UK) - Winner of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Verona Quartet has also won top prizes at numerous prestigious international competitions such as the Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition, the Melbourne and the Osaka Chamber Music Competitions.The ensemble was also awarded the BMI Commissioning Prize, resulting in a brand new work by American composer Michael Gilbertson being premiered at the quartet’s Carnegie Hall debut in February 2017. As Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School of Music, the group has worked closely with member of the Juilliard String Quartet and also tough as Lisa Arnhold fellows. Quartet has collaborated with celebrated artists such as David Shifrin, Cho-Liang Lin and Jean-Michel Fonteneau and were previously mentored by the Pacifica Quartet, Alexander Kerr, Atar Arad and Eric Kim.