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Calidore Quartet brings All-Beethoven feast to Oakmont


Oakmont Berger Center

Thursday January 31st 2019 - 1:30pm to

On Thursday, Jan. 31, at 1:30 p.m. in Berger Center, Music at Oakmont presents one of the top young string quartets on today’s concert stage. Returning to Oakmont for their third appearance, the Calidore Quartet will present three Beethoven quartets, one each from the composer’s early, middle, and late periods: Op. 18, No. 4; Op. 74; and Op. 131. This “bonus” concert in January is a rescheduling of the October 2017 performance that was cancelled because of the wildfires.

Praised by the New York Times for its “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct,” the Calidore was formed in 2010 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, and within two years had won top prizes at all the major American chamber music competitions, as well as in Hamburg and Munich. More recently the ensemble has been awarded the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, the 2017 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, and the coveted $100,000 Grand Prize of the 2016 M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition. The quartet performs regularly in prestigious venues throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Festival appearances include BBC Proms, Verbier, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, and Music@Menlo.

The Calidore’s debut recording of quartets by Mendelssohn and Haydn elicited Gramophone magazine’s praise of the group as “the epitome of confidence and finesse.” Three additional discs have continued to garner critical acclaim.


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