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Calidore String Quartet

Described as “a miracle of unified thought...” (La Presse, Montreal) and as a “quartet comprised of four highly intelligent, deeply sensitive virtuosos” (Strings Magazine), the Calidore String Quartet has established an international reputation for its informed, polished, and captivating performances. Calidore debuted in such prestigious festivals as Verbier, Ravinia, and the Schneider Concert Series in New York City. They are a featured “Young Artist-in-Residence” on American Public Media's national radio program Performance Today.

The quartet formed at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles in 2010. Now based in Manhattan, they were selected by the Emerson Quartet to become artists-in-residence and visiting faculty at Stony Brook University (SUNY). As part of this residency, Calidore is mentored by the Emerson Quartet and cellist David Finckel. The 2014–15 season marks the release of this album, which is Calidore’s debut recording. A second release on Editions Hortus includes works to commemorate the centennial of World War I.

Highlights of the 2014–15 season include debuts at Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, and a year-long residency as the Stiefel Quartet in Residence at the Caramoor Center (NY). Other engagements include debuts at Shriver Hall (Baltimore), Phillips Collection (Washington, DC), the National Arts Center (Ottawa), East Neuk Festival (UK), and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), as well as tours and reengagements across Europe, California, and the midwestern US. Summer 2014 marked the Calidore String Quartet’s inaugural season as the quartet-in-residence at the Bellingham Festival of Music and the Innsbrook Institute Summer Music Academy and Festival.

Within two years of their inception, the Calidore String Quartet quickly won grand prizes in virtually all major American chamber music competitions, including the Fischoff, Coleman, Chesapeake, and Yellow Springs competitions. Internationally, they captured top prizes at the 2012 ARD Munich International String Quartet Competition and the 2012 Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition.
Calidore performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, 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.

Calidore has collaborated with many esteemed artists and ensembles, including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Joshua Bell, Paul Coletti, and Quatuor Ebéne. In 2014, they joined the class of Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet) at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid. Additionally, they participated in master classes with the Artemis Quartet, Gerhard Schulz, and Heime Müller in Weikersheim, Germany (Jeunesse Musicales). Calidore has studied closely with such luminaries as André Roy, Arnold Steinhardt, Guillaume Sutre, Günter Pichler, Gerhard Schulz, Martin Beaver, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Paul Coletti, Ronald Leonard, the Quatuor Ebène, the Emerson Quartet, and David Finckel.

As passionate supporters of music education, the Calidore String Quartet is deeply committed to mentoring and educating young musicians, students, and audiences. In January 2014, Calidore joined the faculty of the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute at the Colburn School. Most recently, Calidore was selected by the Saint Lawrence String Quartet to conduct a two-week outreach residency of over twenty performances in the San Francisco Area.
Using an amalgamation of “California” and doré, the French word 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.