The Vera Quartet shares the uniquely democratic dynamic of a string quartet with diverse audiences within and beyond the concert hall.
Winners of the 2018 Astral Artists National Auditions, the Vera Quartet is currently the String Quartet in Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music. The quartet received Grand Prizes at recent Plowman and Yellow Springs chamber music competitions, top prizes from the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, and the St. Lawrence award from the Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition.
Formed in 2015, the quartet has held residency at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, Aspen Music Festival, Norfolk Festival, McGill International String Quartet Academy, and the Banff Centre, and has embarked on tours of Spain and South Korea. In April 2017, they were selected as Young Artist in Residence at NPR’s Performance Today.
Highlights of this season include residencies at the San Juan Music Academy in San Juan, Argentina, at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and at the Intimacy of Creativity Festival in Hong Kong in the spring of 2019.
The quartet has worked with the Pacifica Quartet as the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Jacobs School of Music. They have been mentored by members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Cleveland, Brentano, Orion, and Tokyo quartets, as well as Atar Arad, Mauricio Fuks, and Peter Stumpf. The ensemble firmly believes in the power of chamber music to transform people, and to ultimately contribute towards a just, egalitarian, and inclusive society.