Rolston String Quartet - Biography

Rolston String Quartet © Bo Huang

Rolston String Quartet

Luri Lee - violin

Emily Kruspe - violin

Hezekiah Leung - viola

Jonathan Lo - violoncello

This year's tours are part of the culture program related to Canada’s Guest of Honour presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Government of Canada.

Winner of the Banff International String Quartet Competition 2016

A monumental year, 2016 saw Canada’s Rolston String Quartet earn attention and gain recognition from international audiences and critics alike. Culminating the year with a First Prize win at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC), the quartet collected several other highly renowned awards in the very same year, amongst others of the 31st Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition and at the 2016 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. Rolston String Quartet continues to be recognized for their musical excellence: they are the 2018 recipient of – and first international ensemble chosen for – the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America.

On the heels of their Banff win, Rolston String Quartet immediately embarked upon the BISQC Winner’s Tour, with over 60 concerts taking them to Germany, Italy, Austria, Canada, and United States. In the 2017-18 season, they tipped the 100 concert milestone with performances throughout Canada, the United States, Germany, Brussels, Italy, and Israel. The quartet’s successful first European tours included performances in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Bremen, Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne, Berlin, Leipzig, Zurich, Heidelberg, Tel Aviv, at the Lucerne Festival as well as their debut at London Wigmore Hall. Next concerts will take place among others in Brussels, Paris, Geneva, London (Wigmore Hall) and together with Dasol Kim (award winner of the ARD, Geneva and Geza Anda competitions) at Musiksommer Hessen as well as in Berlin and Switzerland.

Rolston String Quartet served as quartet-in-residence and attended fellowships at Standford University, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, at the Académie musicale de Villecroze, Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre, McGill International String Quartet Academy, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, and the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Festival and most recently as the Yale School of Music’s fellowship quartet-in-residence. Keeping in the teaching tradition, these young members are intensely involved with chamber coaching and teaching for their Yale residency, and have also taught at music festivals such as Bowdoin, Tuckamore, and others.

They received notable artistic incentives by their renowned mentors and chamber music partners such as James Dunham (Cleveland Quartet), Norman Fischer and Kenneth Goldsmith, Steven Dann, Paul Kantor, Barry Shiffman, Miguel da Silva, Mark Steinberg, Alastair Tait, Gary Hoffman, Andrés Díaz, Gil Kalish, Mark Morris, Jon Kimura Parker, as well as the composers John Luther Adams and Brian Current.

In 2019 the ensemble released their debut CD together with Miguel da Silva and Gary Hoffman with works by Tschaikowsky (String quartet op. 11, Souvenir de Florence) on outhere music.

The Rolston String Quartet was formed in the summer of 2013. They take their name after the Canadian violinist Thomas Rolston. Luri Lee plays a Carlo Tononi violin, generously on loan from Shauna Rolston Shaw. Emily Kruspe plays a violin by Stefano Scarampella (1900), which is kindly provided by the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank. Rolston String Quartet is endorsed by Jargar Strings of Denmark.