Calder Quartet - March 9, 2012

cascalderwlogoCalled "superb" by The New York Times, the Calder Quartet, inspired by innovative American artist Alexander Calder, was awarded the 2009 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award in recognition of its exciting programming and collaborations. The quartet has worked with and performed with pivotal modern composers such as Terry Riley, Christopher Rouse and Thomas Adès, and indie rock bands including The Airborne Toxic Event, Vampire Weekend and party rocker Andrew WK. The Calder Quartet has been featured on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, the Late Show with David Letterman, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel, and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Long-standing relationships with composers Terry Riley and Christopher Rouse have led to unique recordings and commissions with these seasoned composers. The Calder is the first quartet in two decades to have a work written for them by Christopher Rouse. Carnegie Hall, New Haven's International Festival of Arts and Ideas, La Jolla Music Society, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival co-commissioned Rouse to write a new quartet for the Calder, which premiered at the New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas in June 2010.

The Calder Quartet studied together at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music and the Colburn Conservatory of Music with Ronald Leonard, and at the Juilliard School, where it received the Artist Diploma in Chamber Music Studies as the Juilliard Graduate Resident String Quartet. They have also studied with Professor Eberhard Feltz at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, and collaborated with such notable performers as Menahem Pressler and Joseph Kalichstein. The quartet, in residence at the Colburn Conservatory, will judge the 7th Annual BCMS String Quartet Competition Mar. 10.

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