Andrew Kwan Artists Management

ROLSTON

STRING QUARTET

 

 

"The quartet played affectionately, shifted colours with the mood of every phrase and showed a caramel blend in tone that only makes you want to hear more"

    - CALGARY HERALD

REVIEWS

"The seeds of brilliance are there and we are beginning to gauge the true potential of this fine and remarkable quartet."

- CALGARY HERALD

 

"Playing with an astonishing harmonic maturity."

- CALGARY HERALD

 

"They already belong to a generation of string players performing at a level difficult to imagine in generations past."

- TORONTO STAR

 

"The quartet played affectionately, shifted colours with the mood of every phrase and showed a caramel blend in tone that only makes you want to hear more"

- CALGARY HERALD

 

"The Rolston String Quartet [...] chimed the most resonantly with the ideals of perfect quartet playing"

- CALGARY HERALD

 

"RSQ plays with full maturity of gesture, a splendid understanding of rhetorical Affekt, and a full knowledge of how to produce a clear and voluminous narrative that captures the audience’s attention."

- CALGARY HERALD

 

"But it was in the Molto Adagio that they truly surprised and electrified. In a slow movement where they grabbed your heart and didn’t let go, featuring absolutely stunning tuning and tone.."

- CALGARY HERALD

 

" They took phrases with emotional security and maturity beyond their years."

- CALGARY HERALD

 

"The narrative ticked along pulling us amiably with it, such was the persuasive draw these young performers had on their audience."

- CALGARY HERALD

 

" They communicate well to their audience and amongst themselves, igniting their themes with powerful combustibility and infectious élan."

- CALGARY HERALD

BIOGRAPHY

Banff Centre for Arts and CreativityLURI LEE, violin

JEFFREY DYRDA, violin

HEZEKIAH LEUNG, viola

JONATHAN LO , cello

 

First Prize winner of the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition Rolston String Quartet are one of Canada's young ensembles that are storming onto the classical music scene. As the Calgary Herald notes, they "chimed the most resonantly with the ideals of perfect quartet playing." The only ensemble to be featured on CBC's 2016 list of hot Canadian classical musicians under 30, the quartet is proving that great ensemble playing is not just for the established ensembles.

 

The Rolston String Quartet have also won First Prize at the 31st Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, Third Prize at the inaugural M-Prize Competition, and the Durosoir Prize at the 2016 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. This autumn, the Rolston String Quartet will be one of 12 ensembles competing in the prestigious Geneva International String Quartet Competition.

 

Performances have taken them throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Harris Hall, Koerner Hall, and the Auditorium de Bordeaux. Notable collaborations include performances with renowned artists Andrés Díaz, Gil Kalish, Mark Morris, Donald Palma, Jon Kimura Parker, and Miguel da Silva. Additionally they have worked closely with composers John Luther Adams and Brian Current.

 

Currently the Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, the quartet has also participated in residencies and fellowships at the Académie musicale de Villecroze, Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, McGill International String Quartet Academy, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, and the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Festival. Mentored primarily by James Dunham, Norman Fischer, and Kenneth Goldsmith, they have received additional guidance from Steven Dann, Paul Kantor, Barry Shiffman, Miguel da Silva, Mark Steinberg, and Alastair Tait.

 

The Rolston String Quartet, Luri Lee (violin), Jeffrey Dyrda (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 after the Canadian violinist Thomas Rolston, founder and long-time director of the Music and Sound Programs at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

 

October 2016

PHOTOS

Photography
Tianxiao Zhang

 

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