Dover Quartet, string quartet
Joel Link, violin
Bryan Lee, violin
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
Camden Shaw, cello
November 13, 2014, 1:30 PM
Walter Hall, University of Toronto
80 Queen’s Park (Museum Subway Station)
The Dover Quartet swept the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, winning the Grand Prize as well as all three Special Prizes: the R.S. Williams & Sons Haydn Prize for the best performance of Haydn; the Székely Prize for the best performance of Schubert; and the Canadian Commission Prize for the best performance of a newly commissioned work.
Considered one of the most remarkably talented string quartets ever to emerge at such a young age, the Dover Quartet formed at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2008, when its members were just nineteen years old. A scant two years later, the Quartet was Grand Prize winner of the 2010 Fischoff Competition. The Strad recently raved that the Quartet is “already pulling away from its peers with its exceptional interpretative maturity [and] tonal refinement…”
The Quartet members studied with renowned chamber musicians including Shmuel Ashkenasi, Arnold Steinhardt, Joseph Silverstein, and Peter Wiley. The ensemble was Quartet-in-Residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. In addition, the Quartet is an active member of Music for Food, an initiative by musicians to help fight hunger in their home communities.
The Dover Quartet won prizes at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, and has participated in festivals such as the Heidelberg Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Artosphere, La Jolla SummerFest, Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Bard Festival, and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart.
- Franz Joseph Haydn – Quartet in G Major, Op. 76, No. 1, Hob.III/75
- Kaija Saariaho – Quartet “Terra Memoria”
- Ludwig van Beethoven – Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127
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