Zorá String Quartet
The Zorá String Quartet leapt to national attention in 2015, after capturing the Grand Prize and Gold Medal of the 2015 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and First Prizes in the Coleman National Chamber Music and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
The Quartet has toured extensively ever since and last season, in addition to being named the Quartet in Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, they gave their New York and Washington, DC recital debuts in the Young Concert Artists Series followed by performances throughout the U.S., at Chamber Music Wilmington, the Lied Center of Kansas, the Paramount Theatre, Rockefeller University, Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series, University of Florida Performing Arts, the Schneider Concert Series at the New School in New York, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and Chamber Music International.
The 2017-2018 season is also packed with recitals around the country as well as with engagements as part of Curtis on Tour, in which they collaborate with such artists as clarinetist David Shifrin. The Zorá String Quartet will debut at Wigmore Hall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Buffalo Chamber Music Society. Their busy calendar also includes performances at Bravo! Vail, the Verbier Academy, the Evergreen Library and Museum, Chamber on the Mountain and Bryn Mawr College, as well as numerous educational programs at schools. Their performance at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society will feature the ensemble playing quartets as well the Brahms String Sextet with cellist Peter Wiley and violist Roberto Diaz.
Selected to participate in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Encounters program, concluding with a performance at Alice Tully Hall, the Zorá Quartet has also appeared at Chamber Music Northwest, Oregon Music Festival, and the Emilia Romagna Festival. They participated in chamber music residencies at the Banff Centre, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and at the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies of the Aspen Music Festival, where they worked intensively with Earl Carlyss, the Takács Quartet, the Pacifica Quartet, and the American String Quartet.
Selected as the string quartet in residence, to perform and study manuscripts at the Beethoven-Haus in Germany, the Zorás have also been engaged with new work, having collaborated with Pulitzer-Prize-winning American composer Caroline Shaw and the NOTUS Contemporary Ensemble.
The Zorá String Quartet aspires to educate individual students, serve as mentors for collegiate-level string players, and initiate outreach projects to introduce new audiences to chamber music. They worked with the non-profit organization Reimagining Opera for Kids and have performed at the Wylie House Museum, Waldron Arts Center, and the Art Museum of IU Bloomington to better bridge the gap with the local community.
The Quartet’s members earned prestigious Chamber Music Performer’s Diplomas from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and served as the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of the Pacifica Quartet and Atar Arad.
The name “Zorá” was chosen by Bulgarian professor Kevork Mardirossian; it means “sunrise” in Bulgarian.
[Group name is pronounced: Zor-AH]
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