The Rolston String Quartet ’16Norfolk has been named the new fellowship quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music. The group, whose previous residencies include the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in the summer of 2016, will begin their tenure at YSM this fall. While at Yale, the quartet will work closely with the Brentano String Quartet — YSM’s quartet-in-residence — perform recitals, and participate in education-outreach programs.
“The Rolston String Quartet is very eager to come to New Haven as the Yale School of Music’s fellowship quartet-in-residence,” the group said in a statement. “We are incredibly optimistic about the possibilities for development and growth provided by Yale’s stimulating environment. We can’t wait to meet the Yale students and faculty who will illuminate and influence this new experience. Working closely with the Brentano Quartet is a dream come true. They are endlessly generous and inspiring people whose artistic spirits are to be admired. We look forward to deepening our musical understandings, refining our interpretations, and benefiting from their extensive professional experience.
“We will be so lucky to be able to coach chamber ensembles made up of Yale students; this opportunity is a rare one that will yield immense insight into the complexities of teaching music. The fellowship program at Yale will aid our growth as we cultivate an ensemble that reflects the values of community, the highest levels of artistic and academic excellence, and the important traditions of chamber music,” the group said.
The Rolston String Quartet has been awarded first prize at the 12th edition of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition. As the First Prize Laureates, they will begin a three-year career development program worth over $150,000, including concert tours throughout Europe and North America, a two-week Banff Centre residency which includes recording an album, and $25,000 in cash.
The Rolston String Quartet has been awarded 3rd Prize of the the inaugural M-Prize Competition at the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theater & Dance.
At the 8th Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, the Rolston String Quartet was awarded the Prix Durosoir for their performance of Lucien Durosoir's Third String Quartet.
On Sunday April 24, the Olympus Piano Trio and the Rolston String Quartet will perform in the 2016 Competition Concert. Each group will perform a 40-50 minute program they have selected. Three nationally prominent judges will then select the first and second place winners. This will be a wonderful evening of music by the two most classic chamber music ensemble configurations.