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Dover Quartet

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Festival Artists Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Award(s): First Prize Banff Competition (2013), Avery Fisher Career Grant, Cleveland Quartet Award Winner
…the Dover Quartet players have it in them to become the next Guarneri String Quartet – they’re that good. — The Chicago Tribune

Dover Quartet

…the Dover Quartet players have it in them to become the next Guarneri String Quartet – they’re that good. — The Chicago Tribune

Joel Link  violin
Bryan Lee  violin
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt  viola
Camden Shaw  cello

The phenomenal Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff Competition, at which they won every prize. Since then, the Dover Quartet has become one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The Quartet’s rise from noteworthy young ensemble to the top of their field has been “practically meteoric” (Strings). With its burnished warmth, incisive rhythms, and instinctual unanimity, the Quartet’s distinctive sound has helped confirm its status as “the young American string quartet of the moment” (The New Yorker). The Dover serves as the quartet-in-residence for the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, Chamber Music Northwest, Artosphere, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, and Peoples’ Symphony in New York, and continues in its role as the first-ever quartet-in-residence for the Kennedy Center.

In the 2020–21 season, the Dover Quartet debuted with Berkeley’s Cal Performances and embarks on its first-ever tour of Latin America, both of which will be conducted using virtual technology. Tour performances included collaborations with the Escher Quartet and harpist Bridget Kibbey. The Quartet’s first volume of the complete Beethoven string quartet cycle, which focuses on the composer’s Opus 18 quartets, was released by Cedille Records in September 2020.

The Dover Quartet plays on the following instruments: 

Joel Link: Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, Paris circa 1857, on loan by Desirée Ruhstrat |  Bryan Lee: Riccardo Antoniazzi, Milan 1904 | Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt: Michele Deconet, Venice, 1780, the ‘Kroyt,’ generously on loan from the grandson of Boris Kroyt of the Budapest Quartet | Camden Shaw: Frank Ravatin, France, 2010