Recognized as “thoughtful, impressive musicians” (Cleveland Classical), the Verona Quartet is a winner of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, following in a long line of successful CAG string quartets, such as the Alexander, Miami, Parker and Pacifica Quartets. It was the Pacifica Quartet who mentored the Verona foursome when they formed in 2013 at Indiana University, and in less than three years, the Verona Quartet have set themselves apart as one of the most compelling young quartets in chamber music: “sensational, powerhouse performance” (Classical Voice America).
The Verona Quartet is currently Graduate Resident String Quartet at The Juilliard School, where they work closely with members of the Juilliard String Quartet and teach during Juilliard’s 2015-2016 Academic Year as Lisa Arnhold Fellows. The Juilliard School will present the Verona Quartet’s Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall in May 2016. Other prominent 2015-16 performances include the Schneider Concert Series and Rockefeller Concert Series in New York City, the ProQuartet Center in Mallemort, France, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington D.C. and the La Jolla SummerFest in La Jolla, CA.
The Verona Quartet has performed across four continents in venues such as Wigmore Hall (London, UK), Izumi Hall (Osaka, Japan), the National Theatre (Abu Dhabi, UAE), the Melbourne Recital Hall (Melbourne, Australia) and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC). They have also appeared on National Public Radio, The Weekly Special on PBS, and Abu Dhabi Classical FM.
In addition to their CAG victory, the Verona Quartet has recently garnered top prizes at numerous competitions worldwide: Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition (née London International String Quartet Competition); Coleman Chamber Music Competition; Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition; Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition; Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition; and the 8th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition.
The Quartet has served as visiting artists and teachers at several leading international institutions for music education, including the Beethoven-Haus (Bonn, Germany), Oberlin Conservatory of Music, New York University – Abu Dhabi, and the Summer String Academy at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
In April 2015, they were quartet-in-residence at the Abu Dhabi Chamber Music Festival which featured a multi-venue concert tour and collaborations with composers at New York University-Abu Dhabi and local Emirati poets at Khalifa University. The Verona Quartet members are strong proponents of community engagement and education. From 2013 – 2015, the quartet established a relationship with the city of Danville, Illinois, where they curated a concert series and gave outreach performances and master classes across elementary, middle and high schools in the city, resulting in an increase in public school music class enrollment to almost double the average of the State of Illinois.
The Verona Quartet’s members hail from the USA, Canada and Singapore, and hold degrees from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and Eastman School of Music. Originally known as the Wasmuth Quartet, they were the inaugural Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at Indiana University, where they were mentored chiefly by the Pacifica Quartet, Alexander Kerr, Atar Arad and Eric Kim. The Quartet has collaborated with artists such as Renee Fleming, Pedja Muzijevic, Jean-Michel Fonteneau and has worked with members of the Alban Berg, American, Brentano, Cavani, Cleveland, Fine Arts, Guarneri, Miami, Tokyo, Vermeer and London Haydn Quartets.
This performance marks Verona Quartet’s La Jolla Music Society debut.