Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Nightingale Concert Hall
- Calidore String Quartet
- Jeffrey Myers, violin
- Ryan Meehan, violin
- Jeremy Berry, viola
- Estelle Choi, cello
- Calidore String Quartet
Apex Concerts continues its Seventh Season with a captivating “Four by Four” criss-cross of genres, time-periods, locations, and musical intersections, courtesy of the multi-award winning Calidore String Quartet. Four compositions in the hands of four musicians will fill Nightingale Hall with the music of Mozart, Pulitzer-prize winner Caroline Shaw, and finishing off with two of the pillars of string quartet repertoire: 20th century Shostakovich and the perennial Beethoven. Singled out by the New York Times as having “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct”, the members of the Calidore String Quartet made international headlines as winners of the M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, the largest prize for chamber music in the world. Also in 2016, the quartet became the first North American ensemble to win the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and was named BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists an honor that brings with it recordings, international radio broadcasts and appearances in Britain's most prominent venues and festivals.
MOZART: Divertimento in F Major, K. 138
CAROLINE SHAW: First Essay “Nimrod”
SHOSTAKOVICH: Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 117
BEETHOVEN: Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1
The Calidore String Quartet
The Calidore String Quartet’s “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct” (New York Times) and “balance of intellect and expression” (Los Angeles Times) has won them accolades across the globe and firmly established them as one of the finest chamber music ensembles performing today. The Calidore String Quartet – violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi – made international headlines as the winner of the $100,000 Grand-Prize of the 2016 and inaugural M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, the largest prize for chamber music in the world. Also in 2016, the quartet became the first North American ensemble to win the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and was named BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists an honor that brings with it recordings, international radio broadcasts and appearances in Britain's most prominent venues and festivals. Most recently in 2017 the Calidore was honored with the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award. The 2017-18 season continues the Calidore’s three year residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program.
The Calidore String Quartet regularly performs in the most prestigious venues throughout North America, Europe and Asia such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Seoul’s Kumho Arts Hall and at many significant festivals, including Verbier, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Music@Menlo, Rheingau, East Neuk and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In addition to winning the M-Prize, the Calidore String Quartet won grand prizes in virtually all the major U.S. chamber music competitions, including the Fischoff, Coleman, Chesapeake, and Yellow Springs competitions and captured top prizes at the 2012 ARD Munich International String Quartet Competition and Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition.
Jeffrey Myers, violin
Jeffrey Myers of Columbus, OH, has been a featured soloist with orchestras including the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, as well as the Colburn Orchestra. He has given numerous solo recitals, most recently performing on the Three Rivers Performing Arts Institute concert series. As an orchestral musician Jeffrey has served as concertmaster of the National Repertory Orchestra and the Colburn Orchestra. He has collaborated with such artists as Ronald Leonard, Paul Coletti, Menahem Pressler, as well as the Cavani, Cypress, and Calder String Quartets. Jeffrey has participated in summer festivals including the Weathersfield Music Festival in Vermont, the Master Works Festival in Indiana, and the Aspen Music Festival. Jeffrey studied with renowned pedagogue Robert Lipsett at The Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, California, where he received his Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma. His past teachers include Mary Irwin and Paul Kantor.
Ryan Meehan, violin.
Violinist Ryan Meehan has been hailed for his “remarkably polished and sophisticated playing” (Chicago Tribune) and noted for his “mature lyricism and disciplined artistry” (Sarasota Tribune). Ryan has performed across North America and Europe in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Wigmore Hall. His performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio’s “From the Top”, WFMT’s(Chicago) radio program “Introductions” and PBS’s “From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall”. As a soloist, Ryan has garnered top prizes in competitions including the Washington International Competition (also winner of the audience prize), ASTA National Solo Competition, Artists’ Series of Sarasota, Pasadena Showcase for the Arts Instrumental Competition and NFAA Young Arts. In January 2014, Ryan was the featured soloist in Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1 with the Colburn Orchestra. As a chamber musician he has won grand prizes at the Coleman, Chesapeake, St. Paul and Rembrandt chamber music competitions, as well as top prizes from the ARD Munich, Hamburg and Fischoff competitions. He has collaborated with such esteemed musicians as Menahem Pressler, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Paul Watkins, Ronald Leonard and members of the Emerson, St. Lawrence and Ebène String Quartets. During his summers, Ryan has been a featured performer at the Aspen, Verbier, Music Academy of the West, Banff, Chautauqua and Eastern Music Festivals. He is a graduate of the Colburn School Conservatory of Music. His teachers include Robert Lipsett, Arnold Steinhardt, Almita Vamos, Roland Vamos and Amy Schwartz Moretti.
Jeremy Berry, viola
In 2014 Jeremy Berry graduated from the Colburn Conservatory of Music where he received a Professional Studies Certificate and an Artist Diploma studying with Paul Coletti. Jeremy also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory. Solo experiences include a concerto performance with the American Youth Symphony and the Bellingham Festival of Music as well as receiving first place in The Marrowstone Music Festival Concerto Competition. Jeremy has participated in a variety of summer festivals, including the Perlman Music Program, The Aspen Music Festival and School, The Verbier Academy, Kneisel Hall, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and the Sarasota Music Festival. Jeremy was born in Bellingham, Washington and began his viola studies with Elizabeth Stuen-Walker at the age of 5.
Estelle Choi, cello
A native of Calgary, Alberta, Estelle Choi began her musical studies at the age of five under the tutelage of John Kadz. She went on to study with Aldo Parisot at the Yale School of Music and Ronald Leonard at the Colburn Conservatory of Music. Her awards as a soloist include first prizes in the Canadian Music Competition, the Alberta Provincial Music Festival, and the Calgary Concerto Competition. She has performed with renowned artists including John Perry, Paul Coletti, Joshua Bell, eighth blackbird, and members of the Tokyo and St. Lawrence String Quartets. Estelle has participated in Morningside Music Bridge, Banff Centre for the Arts Summer Residencies, McGill International String Quartet Academy, Great Mountain Music Festival in Korea, Pacific Music Festival String Quartet Course in Japan, National Arts Centre’s Young Artist Program, Yellow Barn, and Aspen Music Festival’s Center for Advanced Quartet Studies. She holds a Master’s degree from Yale and an undergraduate degree and Artist Diploma from the Colburn Conservatory of Music.