Caroline Shaw has been commissioned to write a string quartet for her friends, the Calidore String Quartet. The work, her fifth for string quartet, is expected to be eight to ten minutes long and if anything like her previous quartets, will be full of invention and attractive sounds. The premiere by Calidore on November 6, 2016, at Soka University, In Aliso Viejo, California, was a great success. Caroline Shaw won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for music, at thirty years old, the youngest composer ever to do so. The prize work, Partita for Eight Voices, was written for Roomful of Teeth, with which she sings. Examples of her work and bio (highly recommended listening and reading) are on her website CarolineShaw.com. In addition to her work as a composer, singer, and doctoral candidate in composition at Princeton, Caroline is a violinist with a deep love for chamber music. While at Yale working toward her Master’s Degree, she played violin in a string quartet with Estelle Choi, now the cellist of Calidore. Estelle and Caroline’s friendship has grown over the years, one beneficiary of which is this commission that combines the talents of the two in a new musical relationship.
For an example of Caroline Shaw's string quartet writing
watch and listen to Calidore play Entr'Acte (2011).
The Calidore String Quartet, formed in 2010 at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, has an equally illustrious career. Grand Prize winners of the Fischoff, Coleman, Chesapeake, and Yellow Springs competitions--virtually all of the major U.S. chamber music competitions--within two years of formation, Calidore went on to capture top prizes at the 2012 ARD Munich International String Quartet and Hamburg International Chamber Music Competitions. Since then Calidore has built a strong international career, winning the first M Prize from the University of Michigan and being appointed to the prestigious BBC Young Artists program. The quartet, consisting of violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and Estelle Choi, was appointed last March to the prestigious roster of CMS Two, the highly selective program of the Chamber Music Society of America at Lincoln Center for leading young artists. Calidore is now in residence as faculty at Stony Brook (State University of New York) where they are being mentored by the Emerson Quartet and David Finckel. Their first CD, quartets by Haydn and Mendelssohn, was released last February on Colburn Conservatory’s own label to rave reviews. Calidore is looking forward to next summer’s world premiere and the addition of Caroline Shaw’s new work to their core repertoire