The Dover String Quartet, Grand Prize winner (and winners of all three special prizes) at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition - will be headed to Northwestern University this fall as “quartet-in-residence.”

The University’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music has announced that the Dover Quartet has been appointed to a three-year residency on the Evanston campus starting in October 2015. During those three years, the ensemble will coach chamber music ensembles and perform one concert each quarter.

The award-winning ensemble is comprised of violinists Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt and cellist Camden Shaw. Members of the quartet have appeared as soloists with some of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic.

The Dover Quartet’s popularity has sky-rocketed since winning all four prizes at the 2013 Banff competition, indicated by the group’s full performance schedule for 2014-15, which includes more than 100 concerts throughout the United States, Canada, South America and Europe. Highlights include concerts for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Schneider Concerts in New York City and Wigmore Hall in London.

“The Dover Quartet’s Kennedy Center debut shows why they should
be on must-hear list…..a triumph,” wrote The Washington Post.

The quartet will also perform together with pianists Marc-André Hamelin, Anne-Marie McDermott and Jon Kimura Parker, violists Roberto Díaz and Cynthia Phelps, bassist Edgar Meyer, mandolinist Avi Avital, and Chicago’s Pacifica Quartet, resident ensemble at the University of Chicago.

In addition, the Dover Quartet will participate in residencies for Bravo! Vail, Music@Menlo, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Phoenix Chamber Music Festival, and the Chamber Music Society of Logan (among a bevy of other prestigious music festivals worldwide).

In 2013-14, the Dover Quartet became the first ever quartet-in-residence at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

The Dover Quartet’s residency at the Bienen School is supported by a grant from the Chicago-based Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, which supports the arts and cultural organizations that focus on artistic achievement in presentation or performance.

“The Bienen School greatly appreciates the Cheney Foundation’s financial support for our annual Winter Chamber Music Festival,” said Toni-Marie Montgomery, dean of Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music. “The foundation’s additional support for the Dover Quartet’s residencies comes at a perfect time as the Bienen School moves into our new state-of-the-art lakeside home. Our students and the entire Northwestern and Chicagoland communities will benefit from the Cheney Foundation’s three-year investment in the talented members of the Dover Quartet.”

During the 2015-16 academic year the Dover Quartet will perform during an October 7 public concert in the Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall. The quartet-in-residence will make another public appearance January 10, 2016, during the Bienen School’s 2016 Winter Chamber Music Festival at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. In spring 2016, the Dover Quartet will present an April 26 public concert as well.

In addition to these public performances, ensemble members will coach Bienen School students at master classes in each quarter. Additional information will follow as details become available.

“The Dover Quartet, which has performed in the Winter Chamber Music Festival for the last two years, has had outstanding reviews,” said Cheney Foundation treasurer Allan Drebin, a member of the Bienen School’s Music Advisory Board and professor emeritus of Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

“It is a young group on the move that coincided with the Bienen School’s idea to have a quartet-in-residence. The Cheney Foundation felt that it would be a nice fit and decided to provide support with a three-year grant. Having a visiting ensemble of this nature will be good for the school and the students,” added Drebin.

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Members of the Dover Quartet, the first Northwestern Bienen Music School "Quartet-In-Residence." (photo courtesy of Northwestern University)

Northwestern Bienen School of Music Names Dover Quartet "Quartet-In-Residence"