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Rolston String Quartet, String Quartet

Rolston String Quartet

A monumental year, 2016 saw Canada’s Rolston String Quartet earn attention and gain recognition from international audiences and critics alike. The year culminated with a First Prize win at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC). A winner of Astral’s 2016 National Auditions and the Grand Prize Winner of the 31st Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, they were also prizewinners at the 2016 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition and the inaugural M-Prize competition. Named among the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30” in 2016, the Rolstons are the 2018 recipient of, and the first international ensemble chosen for, the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America. On the heels of their Banff win, the Rolston String Quartet immediately embarked upon the BISQC Winner’s Tour, with over 60 concerts that take them to Germany, Italy, Austria, Canada, and the U.S. In the 2017-2018 season, the Rolstons tip a 100-concert milestone with performances throughout Canada, the U.S., Germany, Belgium, Italy, and Israel. Other highlights include appearances in such venues as the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Koerner Hall, and Esterhazy Palace.
The Rolston String Quartet began as the Yale School of Music’s fellowship quartet-in-residence in the fall of 2017. They have also served as the graduate quartet-in-residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and have participated in residencies and fellowships at the Académie musicale de Villecroze, the Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre, McGill International String Quartet Academy, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Robert Mann String Quartet Institute. The Rolston String Quartet – Luri Lee (1st violin), Emily Kruspe (2nd violin), Hezekiah Leung (viola), and Jonathan Lo (cello) – was formed in the summer of 2013 at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Chamber Music Residency. They take their name from Canadian violinist Thomas Rolston, founder and long-time director of the Music and Sound Programs at the Banff Centre.