Dover Quartet - Biography

Dover Quartet © Liza-Marie Mazzucco

Joel Link - violin

Bryan Lee - violin

Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt - viola

Camden Shaw - violoncello

Winner of the International String Quartet Competition in Banff 2013!

Considered one of the most remarkably talented young string quartets ever to emerge at such a young age, the Dover Quartet was the Grand Prize-winner of the 2010 Fischoff Competition, won prices at the International Competition in London and in 2013 they won the first prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Banff. Their winner’s tour in 2014 included performances in Berlin, Bremen, Duesseldorf, Nuremberg and Hamburg in spring 2014 left audience, press and promoters enthusiastic.

Formed at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2008, when its members were just 19 years old, the Quartet draws from the musical lineage of both the Vermeer and Guarneri Quartets, but brings a youthful enthusiasm and musical conviction to the repertoire that is truly its own. The Strad recently raved that the Quartet is “already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretative maturity, tonal refinement and taut ensemble.” Members of the Quartet have appeared as soloists with some of the world's finest orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony and BBC Concert Orchestra.

Touring Europe several times, the quartet has already performed among others at London’s Wigmore Hall, at the Biennale in Paris, in Amsterdam, Berlin, Stuttgart, Leipig, Munich, Frankfurt, Brussels, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Esterházy Castle and at festivals such as Lucerne Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Klosterkonzerte Maulbronn, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Kultursommer Norhessen, Musikfestspiele Dresden and Schwetzingen.

The Dover Quartet will record two CDs for Cedille: The first recording of quartets and a string quintet by Mozart (an homage to the Guarneri's first recording) has been released in September 2016. A recording of World War II repertoire (Shostakovich, Ullmann and Weinberg) will follow in September 2017.

The Quartet is based in Philadelphia. In 2013/14, they were nominated the first ever quartet-in-residence at the Curtis Institute of Music. The ensemble is named after the string quartet “Dover Beach” written by one of the most famous students of the Curtis Institute: Samuel Barber.

In 2015, the Dover Quartet has been awarded the Cleveland Quartet Award.

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