Calidore String Quartet

Calidore String Quartet Awarded $100K M-Prize

On May 19, Calidore String Quartet, which has been the Bellingham Festival of Music’s quartet-in-residence for the past several seasons, was awarded the inaugural M-Prize, a major $100,000 cash prize in chamber music. The award is the largest (by dollar amount) chamber music prize in the world.

University of Michigan M-Prize Grand Prize announcement [Photo credit: Daryl Marshke, Univ. of Michigan]
The ensemble has also won grand prizes at the Fischoff, Coleman, Chesapeake and Yellow Springs competitions, and captured top prizes at the 2012 ARD Munich International String Quartet Competition and Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition.


The quartet will return to the 2016 Bellingham Festival as quartet-in-residence to give two performances. The ensemble will perform in recital on July 7, and two nights later alongside the Bellingham Festival Orchestra to perform the world premiere of Suite Latina composed by Juan Ramírez.

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Calidore String Quartet backstage at the Bellingham Festival of Music with Maestro Michael Palmer [Photo credit: Audrey Kelley]


MENDELSSOHN                 QUARTET IN D MAJOR, OP. 44, NO. 1

PROKOFIEV                       QUARTET #2 IN F MAJOR, OP. 92

TCHAIKOVSKY                  QUARTET #1 IN D MAJOR, OP. 11



ROSSINI                            OVERTURE TO WILLIAM TELL (Bellingham Festival Orchestra)

JUAN RAMÍREZ                SUITE LATINA (2002) (Feat. Calidore String Quartet)

SCHUMANN                       SYMPHONY #1 IN B-FLAT MAJOR, OP. 38 “SPRING” (Bellingham Festival Orchestra)

*World Premiere of orchestral setting


More about the Calidore String Quartet

Described as “the epitome of confidence and finesse” (Gramophone Magazine) and “a miracle of unified thought” (La Presse, Montreal), the Calidore String Quartet has established an international reputation for its informed, polished, and passionate performances. The Calidore String Quartet is currently artists-in-residence and visiting faculty at Stony Brook University (SUNY) and was appointed to the prestigious roster of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two for the 2016- 2019 seasons. In recognition of their international acclaim, the quartet won the 2016 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship becoming the first North American ensemble to win the prestigious award. The Calidore String Quartet won grand prizes in virtually all the major U.S. chamber music competitions, including the Fischoff, Coleman, Chesapeake, and Yellow Springs competitions and captured top prizes at the 2012 ARD Munich International String Quartet Competition, and Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition. The Calidore String Quartet regularly performs throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has debuted in such prestigious venues as Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, Seoul’s Kumho Arts Hall, Schneider Concerts (NYC) and at many significant festivals, including Verbier, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Rheingau, East Neuk and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

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