Calidore String Quartet
Chamber Music & Orchestras
Jeffrey Myers, violin
Ryan Meehan, violin
Jeremy Berry, viola
Estelle Choi, cello
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.” After their Kennedy Center debut the Washington Post proclaimed that “Four more individual musicians are unimaginable, yet these speak, breathe, think and feel as one.” 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.Read more
In the 2018 -19 season, the Calidore returns to Wigmore Hall and Lincoln Center and makes 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 Jennifer Pike, Arnaud Sussmann and Elena Bushka, violist Matthew Lipman and guitarist Sharon Isbin. They presented the world premiere of Pulitzer-prize winner Caroline Shaw’s newest string quartet “Three Essays” at the BBC Proms and perform it throughout the season in Washington D.C., Portland, Toronto and the University of Delaware. 2018-19 is the Calidore’s third year in residence with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two) and they perform the world-premiere of Massarosa by Mark-Anthony Turnage with bassoonist Peter Kolkay in May 2019 at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
In summer 2019 the Calidore return to the Verbier Festival, Wigmore Hall and Lincoln Center and appear at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Incontri in Terra di Sienna and Cervo festivals (Italy), Eine Kleine Summer Music in Victoria, BC, Chamber Music Northwest, Bellingham Festival of Music and Ventura Music Festival Association. 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 festivals, including the BBC Proms, Verbier, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Music@Menlo, Rheingau, East Neuk and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Resilience, the Calidore String Quartet’s debut album for Signum Records was released October 2018 and includes quartets by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Janáček and Golijov. The quartet’s other recordings feature quartets by Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn recorded live in concert at the 2016 Music@Menlo festival; Bach, Mozart and Bartók from 2018 Music@Menlo; their debut album of quartets by Mendelssohn and Haydn and an album on the French label Editions Hortus, with music commemorating the World War I centennial.
The Calidore String Quartet is committed to mentoring and educating young musicians, students and audiences. The Calidore serves as String Quartet in Residence at the University of Delaware and University of Toronto.
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.”
IMG Artists is proud to welcome the multiple award-winning Calidore String Quartet to its roster for worldwide general management. Calidore (Jeffrey Myers, Ryan Meehan, Jeremy Berry and Estelle Choi) joined IMG Artists for European management in 2018, and will...
Calidore String Quartet returns to The UK to co-host the BBC Radio 3 Big Chamber Weekend at Tetbury Music Festival. The former BBC New Generation Artists will give a series of concerts on 22 – 24 March featuring music by Prokofiev, Beethoven, Schumann, Caroline Shaw,...
Recordings from the Festival’s 2018 Season, Creative Capitals, features the Calidore in works by Bach, Mozart and Bartók
“The Quartets sound is warm and vibrant, and their hand-in-glove ensemble playing leaves plenty of room for individuality. Most important, every note is filled with character… The Calidore brought every playful and profound moment of “Essays” to life. I’ve never experienced a new piece of music (this was only its third public performance since the Calidore premiered it last summer in London) that kept a room full of people on the edge of their seats, rapt throughout. But this one did.”
“…the Calidore players are the epitome of confidence and finesse…The players are as touching in the tender lines of the second movement [Mendelssohn String Quartet No 2 op 13] as they are expressive and urgent in its fugal phrases…”
“The Quartet exudes confidence and care: their attention to detail is untiring, but never mannered or extreme. They produce a warm sound, in which the four voices are beautifully blended….. elegance, authority and charisma in equal measure.”
– Seen and Heard International
“The deep sense of communicative rapport these young musicians exude bodes well for future projects…we look forward to hearing whatever comes next.”
– Gramophone “One to Watch”
“Everything here has a clarity and an underlying rhythmic energy… These lively, intelligent performances of an attractive and thought-provoking programme offer compelling proof.”
– Richard Bratby, Gramophone
“…hearing Fifth String Quartet [Bartók] in a pointedly fierce account by the Calidore String Quartet, came as a welcome reminder of how deftly he folded those folk sources into the quartet tradition of Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms.The breathless figuration and jabbing dissonances of the first movement pointed in both directions at once, as did the buoyant, asymmetric dance rhythms of the central scherzo…The ensemble pointed up all these contrasts with playing that was vigorous, sharp-edged and tender.
– Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
“The Calidore String Quartet is as good as one can get. The musicians’ quality of performance, interaction, self-listening and response could not be faulted. The attention and nuancing they accorded Shaw’s work was at a Beethovenian level of intensity and inspiration.”
– Ateş Orga, Classical Source
“…the Calidores lived every moment of these remarkable and original pieces, making a human conversation out of the first and third, hinting at the metaphysical in “Echo”….the Calidors made sure that the lifting of the slow movement’s [Schumann Piano Quintet] austere solemnity, winging clear of the funeral cortege, stayed ethereal. It was so good to hear it…”
– David, Nice, The Arts Desk
“From start to finish, violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi proved themselves worthy of every accolade that has been bestowed upon them…. First violinist Jeffrey Myers’ performance…was mesmerizing. Estelle Choi’s cello lines in the “Valse: Allegro” were downright spooky. Violist Jeremy Berry dramatically introduced the concluding “Theme and Variations: Adagio.” Combined with the spot-on playing by second violinist Ryan Meehan, the young ensemble “owned” Shostakovich’s quartet.”
– Mike Telin, Cleveland Classical
“In Mendelssohn’s early Op12 Quartet, and in the final, tormented Op80, they unleashed a sunburst of emotions, from the capricious delicacy of the Op12 Cazonetta to the whirlwind apotheosis and subsiding calm of the later work. This is an ensemble as capable of whipping up storms as enchanting us with breathless moments of utter magic.”
– Ken Walton, The Scotsman