Zorá String Quartet
Dechopol Kowintaweewat & Alex Gonzalez, violins
Celia Hatton, viola Zizai Ning, cello
The Zorá String Quartet leapt to national attention in 2015, after capturing the Grand Prize and Gold Medal of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and First Prizes in the Coleman National Chamber Music and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
The quartet was presented in New York and Washington, DC debuts in the Young Concert Artists Series followed by performances throughout the U.S. at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Morgan Library & Museum in New York, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Evergreen Library and Museum, Chamber on the Mountain, Bryn Mawr College, 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 Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and Chamber Music International. It performed in Paris, Salzburg, Berlin and Munich as part of Curtis on Tour, in which it premiered a work by Andrew Hsu commissioned by Curtis and written especially for the Zorá String Quartet, as well as Curtis on Tour performances in collaboration with clarinetist David Shifrin.
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 String Quartet has also appeared at Bravo! Vail, Chamber Music Northwest, Oregon Music Festival, Verbier Academy, and the Emilia Romagna Festival. Chamber music residencies include the Banff Centre, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and Center for Advanced Quartet Studies, and its performance at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society featured the ensemble in collaboration with cellist Peter Wiley and violist Roberto Diaz. The Quartet worked intensively with Earl Carlyss, the Takács Quartet, the Pacifica Quartet, and the American String Quartet at the Aspen Music Festival, and has participated in master classes for YCA alumna Ani Kavafian and Sir András Schiff. The Quartet has been champions of new works, 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. It worked with the non-profit organization Reimagining Opera for Kids and has 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 served as the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of the Pacifica Quartet and Atar Arad, and was chosen as the string quartet-in-residence to perform and study manuscripts at the Beethoven-Haus in Germany. It was then quartet-in-residence at the Curtis Institute of Music. The name “Zorá” was chosen by Bulgarian professor Kevork Mardirossian; it means “sunrise” in Bulgarian.
[Group name is pronounced: Zor-AH]