Part of: Distinctive Debuts
Rolston String Quartet
·· Luri Lee, Violin
·· Emily Kruspe, Violin
·· Hezekiah Leung, Viola
·· Jonathan Lo, Cello
MOZART String Quartet in A Major, K. 464
LIGETI String Quartet No. 1, "Métamorphoses nocturnes"
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130
Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Chamber Music America's Cleveland Quartet Award.
Distinctive Debuts is supported by endowment gifts from The Lizabeth and Frank Newman Charitable Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
The 2018 recipient (and first international recipient) of Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, Canada’s Rolston String Quartet continues to receive acclaim and recognition for its musical excellence. In 2016, the quartet won first prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC), and in the same year won the Astral National Auditions and the 31st Chamber Music in Yellow Springs Competition. The ensemble was also named among CBC Music’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30” in 2016.
Immediately following its Banff win, the Rolston String Quartet embarked on the BISQC winner’s tour to Germany, Italy, Austria, Canada, and the United States. In the 2017–2018 season, the quartet surpassed 100 concerts, including performances at the Smithsonian, Kennedy Center, Koerner Hall, and Esterházy Palace. Upcoming highlights in the 2018–2019 season include debut performances at Carnegie Hall, the Freer Gallery of Art, Wigmore Hall, and Chamber Music Houston; two major tours in Canada under the Prairie Debut and Debut Atlantic touring networks; and three European tours with dates in Leipzig, Berlin, Lucerne, Heidelberg, Barcelona, Graz, and other centers of music.
The Rolston String Quartet began its two-year appointment as Yale School of Music’s fellowship quartet-in-residence in the fall of 2017. It has also served as graduate quartet-in-residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and participated in residencies and fellowships at the Académie musicale de Villecroze, Aspen Music Festival, McGill International String Quartet Academy, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, and Yehudi Menuhin Seminar and Festival for Chamber Music.
The Rolston String Quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Chamber Music Residency. The quartet takes its name from Canadian violinist Thomas Rolston, the late founder and director of the music and sound programs at the Banff Centre.
Luri Lee plays a Carlo Tononi violin, generously on loan from Shauna Rolston Shaw. Emily Kruspe plays a 1900 Stefano Scarampella violin, generously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank. The Rolston String Quartet is endorsed by Jargar Strings of Denmark.