Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Knox United Church Parksville. Concert at 7 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm
The Rolston String Quartet are the namesake of Canadian violinist Thomas Rolston, founder and long-time director of the Music and Sound Programs at the Banff Centre. They were formed in the summer of 2013 at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Chamber Music Residency.
2016 was a monumental year for the Rolston String Quartet – they won First Prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC). Other winnings in that same year included Astral’s National Auditions and Grand Prize of the 31st Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition; prizewinners at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, and the inaugural M-Prize competition. They were deservedly named among CBC Radio’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30” in 216.
Following the Banff win (BISQC), the quartet set off on the BISQC’s Winners’ Tour to Germany, Italy, Austria, Canada and the United States. In their 2017-2018 season, they “tipped the 100-concert milestone” with performances throughout Canada, the United States, Germany, Brussels, Italy and Israel. This tour’s highlights included the Smithsonian, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Koerner Hall, and the Esterhazy Palace. Highlights for 2018-2019 include debut performances at Carnegie Hall, Freer Gallery, Wigmore Hall, Chamber Music Houston, two major tours in Canada under the Prairie Debut and Debut Atlantic touring networks, and three European tours (including Leipzig, Berlin, Lucerne, Heidelberg, Barcelona, Graz).
Other credits for the Rolston String Quartet: the graduate quartet-in-residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music; residencies and fellowships at the Academie musicale de Villecroze; Aspen Music Festival; Banff Centre; 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. In the fall of 2017, the quartet began their two-terms as the Yale School of Music’s fellowship quartet-in-residence.
Collaborations include performances with Andres Diaz, Gilbert Kalish, Mark Morris, Arthur Rowe, Robert McDonald, Donald Palma, Jon Kimura Parker, and Miguel da Silva. Key mentors for the RSQ include the Bretano Quartet, James Dunham, Norman Fischer, and Kenneth Goldsmith, with added guidance from the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Barry Shiffman, Miguel da Silva, and Alastair Tait.
The Rolston String Quartet – Luri Lee (violin); Hezekiah Leung (viola); Jonathan Lo (cello), and new member, as of spring 2018, Emily Kruspe (violin). Luri Lee plays a Carlo Tononi violin, graciously on loan from Shauna Rolston Shaw. Emily Kruspe plays a 1900 Stefano Scarampella violin, on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.
The RSQ is endorsed by Jargar Strings of Denmark.
Source: The Rolston String Quartet website