Calidore String Quartet

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

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 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 cycles of quartets by Beethoven and Mendelssohn to works of celebrated contemporary voices like Grygory Kurtag, Jörg 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, Music@Menlo, Rheingau, East Neuk, and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The 22-23 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.

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Recent News

Calidore String Quartet Make Highly Anticipated Return to Europe

Calidore String Quartet begin their European tour this weekend at the Beethoven Integrale Strijkkwartetten Festival in Antwerp, Belgium on Saturday (14 May). The programme features Beethoven's String Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4, String Quartet in E Flat Major,...

Calidore String Quartet Release “Breathtaking” New Album: Babel

The acclaimed Calidore String Quartet’s new album Babel is available in stores and online now on Signum Records. The album features Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw’s Three Essays, which were written for the ensemble and premiered at the 2018 BBC Proms;...

Reviews

“Taken together, [Babel] s one of the year’s best albums. When live musical performances return in a few month, the CSQ shouldn’t be missed. Until then, at least we have this superb release.”

Jonathan Blumhofer

The Arts Fuse

This quartet, formed by students at Colburn nine years ago and now taking the world by storm, is astonishing. Its performances of two of late Beethoven quartets Wednesday, some of the most utterly profound chamber music in existence, were shockingly deep. I’ve never heard a quartet so young get so inside this ultimately inscrutable music… The essence of the Calidore is just how centered it is. It does not give the impression of risk-taking but risk-absorbing… the Calidore approached the kind of sublimity other quartets spend a lifetime seeking.

Mark Swed

Los Angeles Times

“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.”

Washington Post

“…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…”

Gramophone

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“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

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