The Dover Quartet Comes to Amelia Island
Feb 12, 2016 02:00AM
About the Dover Quartet
The Dover Quartet’s 2015-16 season features more than 100 concerts around the world, including the Dover Quartet’s debuts at Carnegie Hall, the Lucerne Festival, and Yale University, and on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series. Beginning in 2015-16, the Dover will become the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at Northwestern University, and will perform four concerts at ringmbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., two of them featuring a new work written for the Quartet by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw. They will undertake three tours of Europe and their debut tour of Israel, and will perform for many of the most important sponsors in the United States. During the 2014-15 season, the Dover Quartet performed a similarly rigorous schedule, with concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C, Schneider Concerts in New York City, and the Wigmore Hall in London, and were reengaged a remarkable number of times for return appearances throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Great Britain.
During the 2015-16 season and subsequent summer, the Quartet will participate in week-long residencies for Chamber Music Northwest, the Phoenix Chamber Music Festival, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and Artosphere. The Quartet’s collaborations include those with the pianists Anne-Marie McDermott, Marc-André Hamelin, and Jon Kimura Parker; the violists Roberto Díaz, Michael Tree, and Cynthia Phelps; the bassist Edgar Meyer; the mandolinist Avi Avital; and the Pacifica Quartet.
The Dover Quartet won not only the Grand Prize but all three Special Prizes at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, and also won top prizes at the Fischoff Competition and the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. The Dover has taken part in festivals such as Chamber Music Northwest, Music at Menlo, Artosphere, La Jolla SummerFest, and Bravo! Vail. During the 2013-14 season, the Quartet was named the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Festival. Additionally, members of the Quartet have appeared as soloists with some of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic.
The Dover Quartet draws from the musical lineage of the Cleveland, Vermeer, and Guarneri Quartets, having studied at the Curtis Institute and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where they were in residence from 2011-2013. In 2013-14, the Quartet became the first-ever Quartet-in-Residence for the venerated Curtis Institute of Music, and has been mentored extensively by Shmuel Ashkenasi, James Dunham, Norman Fischer, Kenneth Goldsmith, Joseph Silverstein, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, and Peter Wiley. The member of the Quartet are dedicated to sharing their music with underserved communities and is an active member of Music for Food, an initiative to help musicians fight hunger in their home communities.