The Calidore String Quartet
Headlines the University of Delaware's Mendelssohn Festival, Performing Entire String Quartet Repertoire
Recent winners of the inaugural M-Prize and Lincoln Center’s Emerging Artist Award, the University of Delaware’s visiting guest artists will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s entire String Quartet repertoire, along with the Octet for Strings with UD’s Serafin String Quartet
“The Calidore balance intellect and expression in such a way as to make them a pleasure to hear…Keep your ears out for these young musicians.” – Los Angeles Times
On April 24-26, the award-winning Calidore String Quartet will headline the University of Delaware’s Mendelssohn Festival, performing the entirety of Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet repertoire along with the composer’s Octet for Strings with the University of Delaware’s own Serafin Quartet. The “already world class” (Washington Post) Quartet, are serving as 2017 visiting guest artists for the University of Delaware. The concerts on April 24th and 25th will take place at the Gore Recital Hall (110 Orchard Road, University of Delaware, Newark, DE), while the concert on April 26th will take place at the University's Mitchell Hall.
The Quartet – violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi – has been described by Strings as " four highly intelligent, deeply sensitive virtuosos," and praised by the Los Angeles Times for its balance of “intellect and expression.” David Finckel of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center calls the Calidore a “dynamic and intelligent ensemble who have already demonstrated skill and maturity beyond their collective years, showing seemingly endless potential.” That potential has been duly recognized over the course of the past year as the Calidore enjoys an unprecedented year of accolades. In just the past year, those honors have included the 2017 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award and the 2016 and inaugural Grand Prize of the M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, hosted by the University of Michigan, the largest prize for chamber music in the world.
“Mendelssohn’s music has been with the Calidore String Quartet since our first moments playing together,” says violinist Ryan Meehan. “His works are featured on two of our recordings and in countless important debuts across the world including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. It has been our dream to perform his entire body of string quartets in a cycle over several concerts. Unlike Beethoven’s sixteen quartets, Mendelssohn’s six quartets are rarely brought together in the format of a cycle. The life journey represented between the first, op.13, and the last, op. 80, quartets is a breathtaking emotional voyage. Through the experience of the cycle the audience and performers come to understand the early optimism, the middle age triumph and the end-of-life devastation that Mendelssohn experienced and incorporated into his string quartets."
The Calidore String Quartet first realized this “dream of bringing this narrative to life” last summer at the East Neuk Festival in Scotland. The University of Delaware performance will mark the North American debut of their complete Mendelssohn cycle.
For the Calidore String Quartet, teaching as well as performing is at the core of their activities as an ensemble, so the post as the University of Delaware’s Visiting Guest Artists is a perfect fit. Says Meehan, “We have been afforded the opportunity to study with some of the greatest and most generous musical minds in the world, and we feel it is our duty to pass this information on to the next generation of musicians.”
“The collaboration with the Calidore String Quartet has enhanced the chamber music experience for our string students in the Department of Music, giving them new and varied insights into chamber music practice and performance.” said faculty member and Serafin cellist Lawrence Stomberg.
“This is a very exciting time for music at the University of Delaware,” department chair Russell Murray said. “With such well-considered support and high caliber visiting artists, we can continue and accelerate the growth of our outstanding music program.”
University of Delaware Presents
The Calidore String Quartet in the Mendelssohn Festival
Monday, April 24th at 5:30 pm
Gore Recital Hall
Mendelssohn: String Quartet Op. 13
Mendelssohn: Four Pieces for String Quartet Op. 81
Mendelssohn: String Quartet Op. 44 no. 2
Tuesday, April 25th at 5:30 pm
Gore Recital Hall
Mendelssohn: String Quartet Op. 44 no. 3
Mendelssohn: Four Pieces for String Quartet Op. 81
Mendelssohn: String Quartet Op. 80
Wednesday, April 26th at 8pm
Mendelssohn: String Quartet op. 12
Mendelssohn: String Quartet Op. 44 no. 1
Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings with Serafin Quartet
Special Festival pricing for the full 3-concert series: $36 adults; $21 UD faculty/staff/alumni and seniors; $12 students
Single tickets are $15 adults; $10 UD faculty/staff/alumni and seniors; $5 students
Advanced series and single tickets are available through the REP Box Office beginning Monday, April 3. 302-831-2204. At-the-door tickets are cash or check only.
More information: https://events.udel.edu/event/mendelssohn_festival#.WOUJsdLyvIV
About the University of Delaware’s Department of Music
For more than 60 years the University of Delaware Department of Music has been dedicated to the musical growth of its students and the cultural enrichment of the community, offering a range of music majors and minors and presenting a wide variety of public performances. A full member of the National Association of Schools of Music, the department offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Music Management; Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education, Performance, Composition, Music Theory, and Music History and Literature; and Master of Music degrees in Performance, Composition, Conducting and Music Education. For non-majors, the department offers minors in applied music, musical studies, jazz studies, and music management and offers classes and activities for the general student population as well. Approximately 1,000 students enroll each year in music appreciation courses, and more than 500 students earn academic credit by participating in the department's music ensembles and performance programs. The Department of Music is proud to offer a large variety of public performances throughout the year in numerous University venues.
About the Calidore Quartet
The 2016-17 season is the first of the Calidore’s three years in residence with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s prestigious CMS Two program. In 2016, the quartet also became the first North American ensemble to win the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and was named BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists, an honor that brings with it recordings, international radio broadcasts and appearances in Britain’s most prominent venues, including London’s Wigmore Hall.
David Finckel of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center calls the Calidore a “dynamic and intelligent ensemble who have already demonstrated skill and maturity beyond their collective years, showing seemingly endless potential.” That potential has clearly come to fruition with recent accolades including the 2017 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award and the 2016 and inaugural M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition Grand Prize, the largest prize for chamber music in the world.
The Calidore String Quartet regularly performs throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has debuted in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, 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.
As a passionate supporter of music education, the Calidore String Quartet is deeply committed to mentoring and educating young musicians, students and audiences. In 2016 the quartet was named Visiting Guest Artists at the University of Delaware and will serve as Visiting Artists-in-Residence at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance. From 2014-16 the Calidore served as Artists-in-Residence at Stony Brook University.
In addition to winning the M-Prize, the Calidore String Quartet won top 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.
Highlights of the 2016-17 season have included the quartet’s Chinese debut in Hong Kong as well as debuts on major series in Berlin, New York, Chicago, Houston, Portland and Ann Arbor, a world-premiere of a quartet by Pulitzer-prize winning composer Caroline Shaw at SOKA University and collaborations with David Shifrin, Anne-Marie McDermott as well as members of the Emerson, Borodin and Vogler String Quartets.
In July of 2016, Hortus released the Calidore String Quartet’s second studio recording: SERENADE: THE MUSICIANS & THE GREAT WAR 2. In February 2015, the Calidore String Quartet released its critically-acclaimed debut recording of quartets by Mendelssohn and Haydn. The Calidore were featured as Young Artists-in-Residence on American Public Media’s Performance Today and their 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.
The Calidore String Quartet has collaborated with many esteemed artists and ensembles, including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Joshua Bell, Inon Barnatan, Paul Coletti, Ronald Leonard, Paul Watkins, Raphael Merlin and the Quatuor Ebéne, among others. 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, Clive Greensmith, Martin Beaver 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.” The Calidore String Quartet aims to present performances that share the passion and joy of the string quartet chamber music repertoire.
Rebecca Davis Public Relations