New York, NY (November 27, 2017)—Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, announced today that the Rolston String Quartet has been selected to receive the Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2018–19 and 2019–20 seasons.
Established in 1995, the biennial award honors and promotes a rising young string quartet whose artistry demonstrates that it is in the process of establishing a major career. “We are pleased that the Rolston String Quartet will join the roster of distinguished quartets that have received the Cleveland Quartet Award over the years—the Brentano, Borromeo, Miami, Pacifica, Miró, Jupiter, Parker, Jasper, Ariel, and Dover Quartets—all of which have enriched the chamber music field,” said Margaret M. Lioi, Chamber Music America’s chief executive officer.
The Rolston String Quartet—Luri Lee and Jeffrey Dyrda (violins), Hezekiah Leung (viola) and Jonathan Lo (cello)—formed in 2013 at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Chamber Music Residency. In 2016, the ensemble won first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition, grand prize in the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, and received prizes at the M-Prize and Bordeaux international competitions. That same year, the ensemble was named among the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30.” In the 2016-17 season, they embarked upon the Banff Competition’s winners’ tour, taking them throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Israel. Having recently completed a residency at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, the group currently serves as the Yale School of Music’s fellowship quartet-in-residence.
The award will be presented at the quartet’s “Yale in New York” performance on March 4, 2018 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. During the 2018-19 and 2019-20 concert seasons, the quartet will be presented by: the Buffalo Chamber Music Society (Buffalo, NY); Carnegie Hall (New York, NY); Chamber Music Society of Detroit (Detroit, MI); Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art at the Smithsonian (Washington, D.C.); Friends of Chamber Music (Kansas City, MO); Market Square Concerts (Harrisburg, PA); Krannert Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL); and the University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX).
As a culmination of its remarkable 26-year history, the Cleveland Quartet sought to envision a lasting legacy for young musicians. The group joined forces with CMA and the eight presenters listed above to raise funds for the establishment of the Cleveland Quartet Award Endowment Fund. Nominations for the award are submitted confidentially to CMA by a national roster of chamber musicians, presenters, and educators. The winning string quartet’s performances are funded, in part, by income from the Cleveland Quartet Award Endowment Fund, which is managed by CMA.
Canada's own Rolston String Quartet have been on a whirlwind schedule since their win at the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition. Tours of Europe, Canada, and the United States have been ongoing for the young quartet, and they are not about to stop anytime soon! This month will see Rolston String Quartet tour British Columbia and Yukon as part of their Winner's Tour.
ROLSTON STRING QUARTET BC/YT TOUR DATES
October 17 - Kaslo Concert Society, Kaslo BC
October 18 - Chamber Music Kelowna (CMK), Kelowna BC
October 19 - Okanagan College Outreach presented by CMK, Kelowna BC
October 20 - White Rock Concerts, White Rock BC
October 21 - Mapleridge Music Society, Mapleridge BC
October 25 - Music in the Morning (MITM), Vancouver BC
October 26 - Music in the Morning (MITM), Vancouver BC
October 26 - CBC Rush Hour Concert copresented by MITM, Vancouver BC
October 27 - Music in the Morning (MITM), Vancouver BC
October 28 - Whitehorse Concerts, YT
October 30 - Outreach concert, presented by Whitehorse Concerts YT
The Rolston String Quartet is about to kick off their Canadian presence. Winners of the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition, this season has already seen a whirlwind of activities for this young quartet with concerts throughout Austria, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, and US. This summer, the Rolston String Quartet will begin their Canadian performances at notable summer festivals.
Canadian Summer Dates for Rolston String Quartet:
Festival de musique de chambre de Montréal, Montréal QC - June 8, 2017
Westben, Campbellford ON - July 9, 2017
Toronto Summer Music Festival, Toronto ON - July 24, 2017
Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Ottawa ON - July 27-29, 2017
Indian River Festival, Indian River PE - August 6, 2017
Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival, St. John's NL - August 9-12, 2017
Studio S Series at 1000 Islands Playhouse, Gananoque ON - August 14, 2017
Stratford Summer Music, Stratford ON - August 23, 2017
Leith Summer Festival, Leith ON - August 26, 2017
Banff Centre International String Quartet Festival, Banff AB - September 1-3, 2017
The Rolston String Quartet will continue their presence in Canada next season with extensive tours through Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Yukon.
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.