Rosendal Chamber Music Festival 2018

Dover String Quartet. Photo Lisa Marie Mazzucco

Dover String Quartet

Biography

The phenomenal Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff Competition. Recently named the Cleveland Quartet Award winner, and awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Dover has become one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The Quartet’s rise from up-and-coming young ensemble to occupying a spot at the top of their field has been “practically meteoric” (Strings). With its burnished warmth, incisive rhythms, and natural phrasing, the Quartet’s distinctive sound has helped confirm its status as “the young American string quartet of the moment” (New Yorker). The Quartet serves as the quartet-in-residence for the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University.

In 2017-18 the Dover Quartet performs more than a hundred concerts around North America and Europe. The Quartet opens the season with performances for Texas Performing Arts, Chamber Music Houston, and Performance Santa Fe before appearing for the Kennedy Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Library of Congress, Detroit Chamber Music Society, the La Jolla Music Society, and throughout North America and Europe. The Quartet will perform together with the superstar violinist Janine Jansen and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, and will also continue multi-year residencies for the Walton Arts Center’s Artosphere, Peoples’ Symphony, and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. Cedille Records releases the Quartet’s sophomore album, entitled Voices of Defiance: 1943, 1944, 1945 in October 2017. The recording takes listeners on a powerful journey through works written during World War II by Viktor Ullmann, Dimitri Shostakovich, and Simon Laks. The 2016-17 season saw the release of its all-Mozart debut recording on the Cedille label, a nod to the 1965 debut album of the Guarneri Quartet, whose founding violist, Michael Tree, joined the Dover Quartet on the recording. In addition, the group undertook three complete Beethoven quartet cycles, including the University at Buffalo’s famous “Slee Cycle,” which has presented annual Beethoven quartet cycles since 1955 and has featured the likes of the Budapest, Guarneri, and Cleveland Quartets. Rounding out the Quartet’s season were a five-city U.S. tour with bassist-composer Edgar Meyer, a tour of the West Coast with mandolinist Avi Avital, and a European tour. The 2015-16 season included debuts at Carnegie Hall, Yale University, the Lucerne Festival, and as part of the Lincoln Center “Great Performers” series. Festival appearances have taken the ensemble to the Bard Music Festival, Music at Menlo, La Jolla SummerFest, Artosphere, Chamber Music Northwest, and Caramoor, where the Quartet was named the 2013-14 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence. The group’s world-class collaborators have included pianists Anne-Marie McDermott, Marc-André Hamelin, Peter Serkin, and Jon Kimura Parker; clarinetist David Shifrin; violists Roberto Díaz and Cynthia Phelps; and the Pacifica and Escher Quartets. In the spring of 2016, the Dover Quartet was recognized with the Hunt Family Award, one of the inaugural Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, and in past years has taken top prizes at the Fischoff Competition and the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. All four Quartet members are consummate solo artists: first violinist Joel Link took first prize at the Menuhin Competition; violinist Bryan Lee and violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt have appeared as soloists with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Tokyo Philharmonic, respectively; and cellist Camden Shaw released a solo album debut on the Unipheye Music label. As Strad magazine observes, “With their exceptional interpretative maturity, tonal refinement, and taut ensemble,” the Dover Quartet is “pulling away from their peers.” Hailed as “the next Guarneri Quartet” (Chicago Tribune), the Dover Quartet draws from the lineage of that distinguished ensemble, as well that of the Cleveland and Vermeer Quartets; its members studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where they were mentored extensively by Shmuel Ashkenasi, James Dunham, Norman Fischer, Kenneth Goldsmith, Joseph Silverstein, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, and Peter Wiley. It was at Curtis that the Quartet first formed, and its name pays tribute to Dover Beach by fellow Curtis alumnus Samuel Barber. The group has since returned for residencies to Rice in 2011-13, and to Curtis, where it became the conservatory’s first Quartet-in-Residence, in 2013-14. In addition, in 2015 the Dover was appointed the first Resident Ensemble of Peoples’ Symphony Concerts in the 116-year history of New York City’s oldest concert series. The Dover Quartet is dedicated to sharing its music with under-served communities and is actively involved with Music for Food, an initiative enabling musicians to raise resources and awareness in the fight against hunger.

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Festival Performances Year 2018

Nielsen: Chaconne Op. 32 (1916)
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

Bartok: Romanian Dances (1915)
Akiko Suwanai, violin & Ingrid Andsnes, piano

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin (1914-17)
Bertrand Chamayou, piano

Interval

Berg: Hier ist friede, Op.4 No. 5, (1917) arranged for four instruments
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano, Ingrid Andsnes, harmonium, Akiko Suwanai, violin & Edgar Moreau, cello.

Ernst von Dohnanyi : Piano Quintet No. 2 Op.26 (1914)
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano & Dover String Quartet

Kreisler: Toy Soldier`s March (1917)
Henning Kraggerud, violin & Ingrid Andsnes, piano

Zemlinsky: String Quartet No. 2 op 15  (1914-17)
 Dover String Quartet

Interval

Janacek: Violin Sonata (1914)
Henning Kraggerud, violin & Kirill Gerstein, piano

Ysaÿe: Trio for 2 violins & viola Le Londres (1915)
Henning Kraggerud, violin, Johan Dalene, violin & Lars Anders Tomter, viola

Scriabin: Vers la flamme op 72 (1914)
Kirill Gerstein, piano

(included in large festival packages only due to limited number of seats. Waiting list: please send us an email.)

Signe Lund: Peace Bells (1918)
Ingrid Andsnes, piano

Busoni: Albumblatt (1916)
Guy Eshed, flute and Ingrid Andsnes, piano.

Stravinsky: Three Pieces for String Quartet (1914)
Dover String Quartet

Fauré: Cello Sonata No. 1 Op. 109 (1917)
Edgar Moreau, cello and Bertrand Chamayou, piano

Sinding: Abendstimmung Op. 120 (1915)
Henning Kraggerud, violin and Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

Webern: Cello Pieces, Op. 11 (1914)
Edgar Moreau, cello and Kirill Gersten, piano

Kreisler: Berceuse Romantique Op. 9 (1916) & La Gitana (1917)
Johan Dalene, violin and Ingrid Andsnes, piano

Reger: Clarinet Quintet (1915-16)
Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet and Dover String Quartet

Danses sacrale et profane (1904)
Sivan Magen, harp, Dover String Quartet and Tim Gibbs, double bass

En blanc et noir (1915)
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano and Bertrand Chamayou, piano

Interval

Sonata for Cello and Piano (1915)
Edgar Moreau, cello and Bertrand Chamayou, piano

Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp (1915)
Guy Eshed, flute, Lars Anders Tomter, viola and Sivan Magen, harp

Sonata for Violin and Piano (1916 - 1917)
Akiko Suwanai, violin and Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

Stravinsky: Soldier´s Tale Suite (1918)
Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet, Akiko Suwanai, violin and Kirill Gerstein, piano

Sibelius: The Birch Op. 75, No. 4 (1914) & The Spruce Op. 75, No. 5 (1914)
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

Busoni: Improvisation on Bach Chorale 'Wie wohl ist mir, o Freund der Seele' for 2 pianos (1916)
Kirill Gerstein, piano and Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

Interval

Bartok: String Quartet No. 2 (1915-17)
Dover String Quartet

Ravel: La Valse (1919)
Bertrand Chamayou, piano and Kirill Gerstein, piano