October 18, 2022
Sponsored by the Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts
Sciolino Artist Management has announced that the Rolston String Quartet will collaborate with three-time Grammy nominated clarinetist David Shifrin in the 2022-23 concert season. Their concert together for the Tuesday Musical Club will feature the following: Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581; Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115; and Jörg Widmann String Quartet No.3 "Jagdquartett." Listen to the Rolston String Quartet with David Shifrin perform the third movement from Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet.
FULL SEASON SUBSCRIPTION FOR $75: Three tickets PLUS a bonus ticket for a total of four tickets. Tickets can be used at ANY concert, in ANY combination, for maximum flexibility and enjoyment. Can be purchased online and/or at the door approximately one hour before each concert.
INDIVIDUAL TICKETS: Individual tickets are $25 each and can be purchased online and/or at the door approximately one hour before each concert. Students are FREE at all concerts, with proper ID.
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In the nearly ten years since their formation, the Rolston String Quartet has evolved into an impressive ensemble of distinct eloquence and personality, one which performs "with a maturity and cohesion rivaling the best string quartets in the world." Musical Toronto
From the outset, the Rolston String Quartet has earned acclaim and recognition for their musical excellence. The quartet was awarded First Prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2016, and two years later won the Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. Other accolades include prizes in Astral Artists’ National Auditions and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. Musical Toronto states "The Rolston String Quartet performed with a maturity and cohesion rivaling the best string quartets in the world."
Souvenirs, the group’s all-Tchaikovsky debut album, was named “Recording of the Year” by BBC Music Magazine in 2019. “This beautifully recorded debut release confirms not only the Rolston String Quartet’s superb technical accomplishment and their impeccably blended sound, but also a maturity of interpretative approach that can only be achieved after long and patient engagement with the music.” (Erik Levi, classical-music.com)
The Rolston String Quartet has traveled extensively and performed at numerous important venues including Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Freer Gallery in Washington, DC, and UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music; at chamber music societies in Calgary, Vancouver, Houston, Detroit, Phoenix, and Philadelphia; and in such European cities as Paris, Leipzig, Berlin, Lucerne, Heidelberg, Barcelona, and Graz. Notable artistic collaborators have included David Shifrin, Janina Fialkowska, Gary Hoffman, Nobuko Imai, Miguel da Silva, and the St. Lawrence and Dover string quartets. The quartet’s 2021-22 schedule included concerts at Music Mountain (CT), Bay Chamber Concerts and the Collins Center for the Arts (ME), Chamber Music Raleigh (NC), Palm Beach State College (FL), Music at Kohl Mansion (CA), and the Doudna Fine Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University.
An associated artist at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, Belgium, Rolston String Quartet previously served as the Fellowship Quartet in Residence at the Yale School of Music. Before then, they were the graduate quartet-in-residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. The musicians have also taught at the University of Toronto and the Bowdoin (ME) International Music Festival.
The Rolston String Quartet 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 longtime director of the Music and Sound Programs at the Banff Centre. Their primary mentors include the Brentano Quartet, James Dunham, Norman Fischer, and Kenneth Goldsmith, and they have received additional guidance from the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Barry Shiffman, Miguel da Silva and Alastair Tait.
Founding first violinist Luri Lee plays a Carlo Tononi violin, generously on loan from Shauna Rolston Shaw. The Rolston String Quartet is endorsed by Jagar Strings of Denmark; the quartet is comprised of Luri Lee, violin; Jason Issokson, violin; Eric Wong, viola; and Peter Eom, cello.
The Rolston String Quartet is represented in the United States by New York-based Sciolino Artist Management.
Three-time Grammy nominated clarinetist David Shifrin is in constant demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, chamber music collaborator and educator. Winner of both the Fisher Career Grant (1987) and Avery Fisher Prize (2000), David Shifrin is one of only three wind players to have received the Avery Fisher Prize since its 1974 inception. Shifrin's recordings on Delos, DGG, Angel/EMI, Arabesque, BMG, SONY, and CRI have consistently garnered praise and awards. He has received three Grammy nominations and his recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, performed in its original version on a specially built elongated clarinet, was named Record of the Year by Stereo Review. Shifrin has received Grammy Award nominations for three different recordings: Ravel's Introduction and Allegro, with Nancy Allen, Ransom Wilson and the Tokyo String Quartet (1990); The Collected Chamber Music of Claude Debussy, with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (2002); and Copland's Clarinet Concerto, with Gerard Schwarz and New York Chamber Symphony (1989).
Recent releases include the Beethoven, Bruch and Brahms Clarinet Trios with cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han on the ArtistLed label and a recording for Delos of works by Carl Nielsen, which includes the first recording of the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto arranged for chamber orchestra. In 2018, Delos released a recording of three clarinet quintets which were written for Shifrin by Peter Schickele, Richard Danielpour and Aaron J. Kernis with the Miro, Dover and Jasper Quartets respectively, as well as a second volume of clarinet quintets featuring David Schiff’s arrangement of Duke Ellington pieces. The Musica Solis label will release a recording of original music and several newly arranged works for clarinet by Francis Poulenc. Shifrin is the recipient of a Solo Recitalists' Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the 2016 Concert Artist Guild Virtuoso Award. He received an Honorary Membership by the International Clarinet Society in recognition of lifetime achievement and at the outset of his career, he won prizes at both the Munich and the Geneva International Competitions. He is also the recipient of Distinguished Alumni Awards from the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara and a Cultural Leadership Citation from Yale University. In January 2018 he received the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award at the Chamber Music America Conference, an award which recognizes an individual or entity who has provided historic service to the small ensemble music field. An artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1989, Shifrin served as its Artistic Director from 1992 to 2004. He has toured extensively throughout the U.S. with CMSLC and hosted and performed in several national television broadcasts on PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center. He is currently the Artistic Director of the Phoenix Chamber Music Festival. He has served as principal clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra (under Stokowski), the Honolulu and Dallas and New Haven symphonies, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the New York Chamber Symphony. Shifrin joined the faculty as a full professor in the wind division at the Yale School of Music in 1987, and since 2008 has been Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Yale and Yale's annual concert series at Carnegie Hall (Yale at Carnegie). In January 2022, he was named the Samuel S. Sanford Professor in the Practice of Clarinet. He has also served on the faculties of The Juilliard School, University of Southern California, University of Michigan, Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Hawaii.