The Callisto Quartet has been named the Yale School of Music’s incoming fellowship quartet-in-residence, succeeding the Omer Quartet. The Callisto Quartet will begin its yearlong residency in fall 2021. During the 2021-2022 academic year, the quartet will be mentored by YSM’s ensemble-in-residence, the Brentano String Quartet, and coach undergraduate chamber music groups through Yale’s Department of Music.
Callisto Quartet violinist Paul Aguilar said he and his colleagues, violinist Rachel Stenzel, violist Eva Kennedy, and cellist Hannah Moses, “have had a long-term relationship with (the Brentano String Quartet), going back to before we were a quartet.” Members of the Callisto Quartet have in the past worked with members of the Brentano String Quartet individually, in various settings. “(It’s) such a treat for us to be able to work with them in a more structured manner.”
Yale School of Music faculty violinist Wendy Sharp, who leads the school’s chamber music program, said, "I look forward to welcoming the Callisto Quartet to work with our talented undergraduates in the Performance of Chamber Music seminar. They bring an infectious enthusiasm for chamber music and a dedication to the craft of ensemble playing."
Overall, Aguilar said, the quartet looks forward to the studying and teaching components of the residency and to the space the group will have to explore its own music-making.
The Callisto Quartet, which was formed five years ago at the Cleveland Institute of Music, won the Grand Prize at the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and was a finalist at the 2019 Banff International Chamber Music Competition. The quartet is currently the Graduate String Quartet in Residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and the 2020-21 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.The Callisto Quartet received a fellowship in 2017 from the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival/Yale Summer School of Music.
The Callisto Quartet’s yearlong fellowship residency at YSM will include a recital in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. The fellowship, which includes a $15,000 stipend for each musician, is renewable for a second year.