Barrie Concerts & Georgian Music


Rolston String Quartet

February 9, 2020, 2:30pm - Bethel Community Church

Rolston String Quartet

Rolston String Quartet

Rolston String Quartet

The 2018 recipient and first international ensemble chosen for the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America, Canada’s Rolston String Quartet continue to receive acclamation and recognition for their musical excellence. In 2016, a monumental year, they earn First Prize win at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC). In that same year, the quartet’s winning included Astral’s National Auditions and Grand Prize of the 31st Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. They were also prizewinners at the 2016 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition and the inaugural M-Prize competition. There is no wonder they were named among CBC Radio’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30” in 2016.

On the heels of their Banff win, Rolston String Quartet immediately embarked upon the BISQC Winner’s Tour, taking them to Germany, Italy, Austria, Canada, and United States. As Ludwig van Toronto states, “they performed with a maturity and cohesion rivaling the best string quartets in the world.” In the 2017-18 season, they tipped the 100-concert milestone with performances throughout Canada, United States, Germany, Brussels, Italy, and Israel. Highlights included the Smithsonian, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Koerner Hall, and the Esterhazy Palace. Upcoming highlights for the 2018-19 season 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 with dates in Leipzig, Berlin, Lucerne, Heidelberg, Barcelona, Graz, and other centres.

Rolston String Quartet began their two-year term as the Yale School of Music’s fellowship quartet-in-residence in the fall of 2017. They have also served as the graduate quartet-in-residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and have participated in residencies and fellowships at the Académie 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.

Notable collaborations include performances with renowned artists Andrés Díaz, Gilbert Kalish, Mark Morris, Arthur Rowe, Robert McDonald, Donald Palma, Jon Kimura Parker, and Miguel da Silva. Additionally, they have worked with songwriter Kishi Bashi and composers John Luther Adams and Brian Current. Primary mentors include the Brentano Quartet, James Dunham, Norman Fischer, and Kenneth Goldsmith, and the quartet has received additional 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) – was formed in the summer of 2013 at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity's Chamber Music Residency. They take their name from Canadian violinist Thomas Rolston, founder and long-time director of the Music and Sound Programs at the Banff Centre.

Luri Lee plays a Carlo Tononi violin, generously on loan from Shauna Rolston Shaw. Emily Kruspe plays a 1900 Stefano Scarampella violin, generously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank. The Rolston String Quartet is endorsed by Jargar Strings of Denmark.

REVIEWS

“A maturity and cohesion rivaling the best string quartets in the world.”

MUSICAL TORONTO

"an impressive, deeply serious interpretation...highly sensitive, delicately transparent. A musical sound treasure, blissful."

SÜDWEST PRESS (Germany)

“A string quartet demonstrating incredible smoothness of tone and gesture, perfectly precise interplay and the most sensitive emotional understanding, emanated musical magic.”

TEGERNSEE NEWSPAPER (Germany)

"They already belong to a generation of string players performing at a level difficult to imagine in generations past."

TORONTO STAR

"The quartet played affectionately, shifted colours with the mood of every phrase and showed a caramel blend in tone that only makes you want to hear more."

CALGARY HERALD

"A new way of playing music unveiled itself, as young artists caused a true wave of excitement. The young Rolston String Quartet's performance was characterized by a suggestive mood when playing Mozart, Janacek and Beethoven, while exploring the soul of the oeuvre in a differentiating manner.”

MUSIK MERAN (Italy)

“The group has both spirit and polish, plus a sophistication at odds with their baby faces.”

THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

"Playing with an astonishing harmonic maturity."

CALGARY HERALD

“It was as if the air in the Electoral Palace was electrically charged…The bright, transparent, intrinsic sound of this Quartet, which is free of all the lush and opulent, fits perfectly. A great, sophisticated concert rich in discoveries!”

KAMMERMUSIKVEREINIGUNG TRIER (Germany)

“Filled with virtuosic turns interspersed with emotional eruptions. The Rolstons served up a highly articulated rendering carefully shaped and paced to come off as spontaneous. This is no mean feat. Here, as in all the music they performed, the balance between the instruments was impeccable, as one string player handed off a line of music to the next.”

MUSICAL TORONTO

“They communicate well to their audience and amongst themselves, igniting their themes with powerful combustibility and infectious élan.”

CALGARY HERALD

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VENUE: Hiway Pentecostal Church,
50 Anne Street North (MAP)
TIME: 7:30pm

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A Fun Evening. Return of the Famous Hannaford Street Silver Band. Canada's Award-Winning Professional Brass Band.

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VENUE: Bethel Community Church,
128 St. Vincent Street (MAPS TO VENUES )
TIME: 2:30pm

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Sixth Pianofest

January 26, 2020, 2:30pm

Sixth Pianofest

Younggun Kim, Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata Ravel’s ‘La Valse’ - Benjamin Smith,Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Sonata Chopin’s ‘Fantasie Impromptu’


Rolston String Quartet

February 9, 2020, 2:30pm,

Rolston String Quartet

Winners of the Banff International String Quartet Competition. Haydn – Beethoven. Schubert’s Compelling “Death and the Maiden"


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Schubert's Monumental "The Trout"

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Kawartha Trio

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