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Concert: The Dover Quartet

Americas Society

October 10, 2014


(Image: Courtesy Lisa-Marie Mazzucco)

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For the third time, Music of the Americas presents the Grand Prize Winner of the Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) in concert. This year's winner, The Dover Quartet, presents a program of classics from the repertoire, as well as Canadian composer Vivian Fung's third string quartet, their interpretation of which won a special prize at the BISQC. Read an interview with the Dover Quartet on our Music Notes blog.


W.A. Mozart Quartet in D Major, K. 499
Vivian Fung (Canada) Quartet No. 3
Antonin Dvorák Quartet in C Major, op. 61
Vivian Fung's String Quartet no. 3 was co-commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and The Banff Centre for the 11th BISQC.

Dover Quartet, Final Round of the 2013 BISQC

About the ensemble

Joel Link, Bryan Lee violins
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt viola
Camden Shaw cello


The Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) by winning the Grand Prize and all three Special Prizes. As a result, the group became one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The New Yorker recently dubbed them "the young American string quartet of the moment," and The Strad raved that the Quartet is "already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretive maturity, tonal refinement and taut ensemble." In 2013-2014, the Quartet became the first Quartet-in-Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music.

During the 2014-2015 season, the Dover Quartet will perform more than 100 concerts throughout the United States, Canada, South America, and Europe. Highlights include concerts at the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Schneider Concerts (New York), and Wigmore Hall (London). The Quartet will also perform with pianists Andre Watts, Anne-Marie McDermott, and Jon Kimura Parker; violists Roberto Díaz and Cynthia Phelps; and the Pacifica Quartet. The Quartet will participate in week-long residencies for Chamber Music Northwest, the Phoenix Chamber Music Festival, the Chamber Music Society of Logan, and the Festival Internacional de Música de Cartagena (Colombia).

In addition to their sweep at Banff, the Quartet also won top prizes at Fischoff, Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, and has taken part in festivals such as Chamber Music northwest, Artosphere, La Jolla SummerFest, Bravo! Vail, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. During the 2013-14 season, the Quartet was the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Festival. Members of the Quartet have also appeared as soloists with some of the world's finest orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic.

The Dover Quartet draws from the musical lineage of the Cleveland, Vermeer, and Guarnieri Quartets, having studied at the Curtis Institute and Rice University's Shephard School of Music, where they were in residence from 2011 to 2013. The Quartet has been mentored by Shmuel Ashkenasi, James Dunham, Norman Fischer, Kenneth Goldsmith, Joseph Silverstein, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, and Peter Wiley, and is dedicated to sharing their art with underserved communities and as such is an active member of Music for Food, an initiative that helps musicians fight hunger in their communities.