Rolston String Quartet - Biography

Rolston String Quartet © Bo Huang

Rolston String Quartet

Luri Lee - violin

Emily Kruspe - violin

Hezekiah Leung - viola

Jonathan Lo - violoncello

Winner of the Banff International String Quartet Competition 2016

Grand prize winner of the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition and prize winners of the M-Prize and Bordeaux International String Quartet Competitions, the Rolston String Quartet has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Harris Hall, Koerner Hall, and the Auditorium de Bordeaux. Notable collaborations include performances with renowned artists Andrés Díaz, Gil Kalish, Mark Morris, Jon Kimura Parker, Barry Shiffman, and Miguel da Silva. Additionally they have worked with composers John Luther Adams and Brian Current.

Currently the Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, the quartet has also participated in residencies and fellowships at the Académie musicale de Villecroze, Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre, Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, and the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Festival. In 2016/17 the Rolston String Quartet will have a special residency at Stanford University offered by the St. Lawrence String Quartet as part of the John Ladd Prize. In the 2016/17 season, the Rolston String Quartet was fellowship quartet-in-residence of the Yale School of Music. Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, recently announced that the Rolston String Quartet has been selected to receive the Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons and will perform among others at Carnegie Hall.

Mentored primarily by James Dunham (Cleveland Quartet), Norman Fischer, and Kenneth Goldsmith, they have received additional guidance from Steven Dann, Paul Kantor, Barry Shiffman, Miguel da Silva, Mark Steinberg, and Alastair Tait.

On their first European tours in 2017 in January 2018 the ensemble performed with great success among others in Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Bremen, Berlin, Hannover, Prague, Brussels, at the Biennale in Amsterdam, in Esterhazy and Italy. Further invitations will bring the quartet to Europe in 2018, including performances in Brussels, Leipzig, Heidelberg, Bonn, Würzburg, Ghent, Lucerne and at the Schwetzinger Festspiele.

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. Rolston String Quartet is endorsed by Jargar Strings of Denmark.

In 2018 the Quartet has been selected by Simone Gramaglia (Quartetto di Cremona) to take part in le Dimore del Quartetto project.

Cremona) to take part in le Dimore del Quartetto project.