The Calidore String Quartet has been praised by the New York Times for its “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct” and by the Los Angeles Times for its balance of “intellect and expression.”.
The Calidore String Quartet has enjoyed an impressive number of accolades, including a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the 2017 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award. The Calidore made international headlines as winner of the $100,000 Grand-Prize of the 2016 M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, the largest prize for chamber music in the world. The quartet was also 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. 2018-19 is the Calidore’s third year in residence with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program. Within two years of their founding in 2010, 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.
The Calidore String Quartet regularly performs in prestigious venues throughout North America, Europe and Asia such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Brussels BOZAR, Cologne Philharmonie, Seoul’s Kumho Arts Hall and at many significant festivals, including the BBC Proms, Verbier, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Music@Menlo, Rheingau, East Neuk and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
In 2018 -19 season the Calidore returns to Wigmore Hall and Lincoln Center and will make its debut on major series in Munich, Copenhagen, the Netherlands, Atlanta, Toronto, San Francisco and Denver. They continue to collaborate in concerts with the Emerson String Quartet as well as artists such as the pianists Inon Barnatan, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Pavel Kolesnikov, Anne-Marie McDermott and Michael Brown, violinists Arnaud Sussmann and Elena Bushka, violist Matthew Lipman and oboist Cristina Gómez Godoy. They presented the world premiere of Pulitzer-prize winner Caroline Shaw's newest string quartet "Three Essays" at the BBC Proms and will continue to perform it throughout the season in Washington D.C., Portland, Toronto and the University of Delaware. They also perform the world-premiere of a new work by Marc-Anthony Turnage at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Resilience, the Calidore String Quartet’s debut album for Signum Records is released October 2018 and includes quartets by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Janáček and Golijov. The Calidore String Quartet’s other commercial recordings include quartets by Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn, recorded live in concert at Music@Menlo Festival; Serenade: Music from the Great War, featuring music for String Quartet by Hindemith, Milhaud and Stravinsky, Ernst Toch and Jacques de la Presle on the French label Editions Hortus; and the quartet’s 2015 debut recording of quartets by Mendelssohn and Haydn which prompted Gramophone to dub the Calidore String Quartet "the epitome of confidence and finesse.” The Calidore were featured as Young Artists-in-Residence on American Public Media’s Performance Today and their performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio, BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Korean Broadcasting Corporation, Bayerischer Rundfunk (Munich), Norddeutscher Rundfunk (Hamburg), and were featured on German national television as part of a documentary produced by ARD public broadcasting.
The Calidore have given world-premieres of works by Caroline Shaw, Hannah Lash and Benjamin Dean Taylor. The Calidore has collaborated with many esteemed artists and ensembles, including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Joshua Bell, David Shifrin, Inon Barnatan, Paul Coletti, David Finckel, Wu Han, Paul Neubauer, Ronald Leonard, Paul Watkins, and the Emerson and Ebène Quartets, among others. The Calidore has studied closely with such luminaries as the Emerson Quartet, David Finckel, Andre Roy, Arnold Steinhardt, Günther Pichler, Guillaume Sutre, Paul Coletti, Ronald Leonard and the Quatuor Ebène.
As a passionate supporter of music education, the Calidore String Quartet is committed to mentoring and educating young musicians, students and audiences. The Calidore serves as Artists-in-Residence at the University of Delaware, University of Toronto and the University of Michigan. The Calidore has conducted master classes and residencies at Princeton, Stanford, Stony Brook University, UCLA and Mercer University. Previously, the Calidore served on the faculty of the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute at the Colburn School.
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 received from its home of origin, Los Angeles, California, the “golden state.”