One of the most exciting young ensembles to emerge on the chamber music scene in recent years, the international prize-winning Calidore String Quartet (violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi) is noted for its fiery brilliance, breadth of musicianship, and palpable energy that engages audiences. Formed at the prestigious Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles in 2010, the Calidore String Quartet has presented recitals across the United States and Europe to great acclaim.
The Calidore String Quartet has been recognized by international juries for its technical brilliance and compelling musicianship. Most recently the quartet captured top prizes at the 61st ARD Munich International String Quartet Competition and the 2012 Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition. Nationally, the Calidore String Quartet has won the grand prize in major chamber music competitions, including the Fischoff, Coleman, Chesapeake and Yellow Springs National Chamber Music Competitions.
Highlights of the quartet’s 2012-13 season included their New York debut on the renowned Schneider Concert Series at Mannes College The New School for Music and a collaboration with the highly acclaimed Quatuor Ebène presented by the Colburn Chamber Music Society. Other season engagements include a return to the Laguna Beach Music Festival, an east coast tour with recitals throughout New York, Virginia, Maryland and Florida, as well as numerous concerts in Southern California. The quartet will be a featured Young Artist-in-Residence with American Public Media’s Performance Today in the spring of 2013.
During the summer of 2013, the Calidore String Quartet will make its debut at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland in a program including a world premiere by Edward Nesbit and a collaboration with Quatuor Ebene. The Quartet also makes its Ravinia Festival debut at the Martin Theater with clarinetist Sang Yoon Kim. Other summer highlights include a residency at The Banff Center and a fellowship to the McGill International String Quartet Academy (MISQA) in Montreal. In addition, the Calidore String Quartet is an official selection of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition held in August. In the summer of 2012, the Quartet attended the Aspen Music Festival and School as a Fellowship Quartet, and made its European debut at the venerated Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy.
The quartet members have collaborated with many esteemed artists and ensembles including the Tokyo, St. Lawrence, and Cavani String Quartets, Joshua Bell, Joseph Silverstein, Menahem Pressler, and John Perry, among others. Teachers and mentors of the Calidore String Quartet include Arnold Steinhardt, Guillaume Sutre, Andre Roy, Paul Coletti, and the Quatuor Ebène.
Using an amalgamation of « California » and « doré », (French for « golden »), the ensemble’s name represents a reverence for the diversity of culture and the strong support it has received from its home base in 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.