Calidore String Quartet

Calidore String Quartet
Jeffrey Myers, violin Ryan Meehan, violin Jeremy Berry, viola Estelle Choi, cello

Saturday, March 8, 2025 |  7:30pm

Herbst TheatreVenue Information


About This Performance

“Four more individual musicians are unimaginable, yet these speak, breathe, think and feel as one,” observed the Washington Post, and The New York Times noted the Calidore String Quartet’s “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct.” Founded in 2010, the Quartet is today recognized as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of a vast repertory of chamber music, ranging from Beethoven and Mendelssohn to celebrated contemporary composers.


BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, “Harp”
SCHUBERT: String Quartet No 12 in C-Minor, D. 703 (Quartettsatz)
KORNGOLD: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 34

Artist Information

Performer Biography

The Calidore String Quartet are renowned for their “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct” (New York Times). The Los Angeles Times described the musicians as “astonishing,” their playing “shockingly deep,” approaching “the kind of sublimity other quartets spend a lifetime searching.” The Washington Post noted that “four more individual musicians are unimaginable, yet these speak, breathe, think and feel as one”. For more than a decade, the Calidore has enjoyed performances and residencies in the world’s major venues and festivals, released multiple critically acclaimed recordings and won numerous awards. The Calidore is recognized as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of a vast repertory; from the quartets cycles of Beethoven and Mendelssohn to works of celebrated contemporary voices like Kurtag, Widmann and Caroline Shaw.

The New York City-based Calidore String Quartet have appeared in venues throughout North America, Europe, and Asia such as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Kennedy Center, Berlin Konzerthaus, Brussels BOZAR, Cologne Philharmonie, Seoul’s Kumho Arts Hall, and at significant festivals including the BBC Proms, Verbier, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart and Music@Menlo. The 2022–23 season includes debuts in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Prague, Madrid and Vancouver. They return to Wigmore Hall, Kennedy Center, Copenhagen, Florence, Montreal, St. Paul, Houston and Los Angeles. In September 2022, the Calidore performs at Carnegie Hall with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, in a memorial concert honoring the late composer André Previn. They also enjoy collaborations this season with the Emerson String Quartet, clarinetist Anthony McGill, bassist Xavier Foley, violist Matthew Lipman and harpist Bridget Kibbey.

In their most ambitious recording project to date, the Calidore are preparing the complete cycle of Beethoven’s String Quartets for Signum Records. The recording will involve multiple releases, with the first album out in February 2023. Their previous Signum recordings include Babel with music by Schumann, Shaw and Shostakovich, and Resilience with works by Prokofiev, Janáček, Golijov and Mendelssohn.

Recipient of a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2017 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, the Calidore String Quartet first made international headlines as winner of the $100,000 Grand Prize of the 2016 M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition. The quartet was the first and only North American ensemble to win the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, and is currently in residence with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York.

The Calidore has given world premieres of works by Caroline Shaw, Anna Clyne, Han Lash, Huw Watkins and Mark-Anthony Turnage among others. Its collaborations with esteemed artists and ensembles include Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Marc-André Hamelin, Joshua Bell, Jeffrey Kahane, David Shifrin, Inon Barnatan, Lawrence Power, Sharon Isbin, David Finckel and Wu Han. The Calidore was mentored by some of the most revered personalities and performers of the international chamber music scene including the Emerson Quartet, Quatuor Ébène, Andre Roy, Arnold Steinhardt, David Finckel, Günter Pichler, Guillaume Sutre, Paul Coletti, and Ronald Leonard.

Composed of dedicated teachers and passionate supporters of music education, the Calidore String Quartet is committed to mentoring and educating young musicians, students, and audiences. In 2021 the Calidore joined the faculty of the University of Delaware School of Music and serve as artistic directors of the newly established Graduate String Quartet Fellowship Residency and the University of Delaware Chamber Music Series. Formerly, they served as artist-in-residence at the University of Toronto, University of Michigan and Stony Brook University.

The Calidore String Quartet was founded at the Colburn School in Los Angeles in 2010. The Calidore furthered their quartet studies at the Reina Sofia School of Music in Madrid, Spain and Stony Brook University (NY). Within two years, the quartet won grand prizes in virtually all the major US chamber music competitions, including the Fischoff, Coleman, Chesapeake, and Yellow Springs competitions, and it captured top prizes at the 2012 ARD International Music Competition in Munich and the International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg.

An amalgamation of “California” and “doré” (French for “golden”), the ensemble’s name represents its reverence for the diversity of culture and the strong support it received from its original home: Los Angeles, California, the “golden state.”

The Calidore String Quartet plays the following instruments: Jeffrey Myers plays a violin by Francesco Rugeri c. 1680, owned by a private benefactor on loan through the Leonhard Fellowship and plays a bow by Francois Tourte. Ryan Meehan plays a violin by Vincenzo Panormo c. 1775 and a bow by Joseph Henry. Jeremy Berry plays a viola by Giovanni Battista Ceruti c. 1811, owned by a private benefactor and a 1903 Umberto Muschietti viola. He plays a bow by Pierre Simon. Estelle Choi plays a cello by Charles Jacquot c. 1830.

Artist Video

Calidore String Quartet Plays Brahm’s String Quartet No. 3 in B-Flat Major, Op.67, I. Vivace