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Calidore String Quartet to perform
Article published on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013
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The Palladium welcomes the Calidore String Quartet Jan. 7.
ST. PETERSBURG – The Calidore String Quartet will perform Tuesday, Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m., at the Palladium at St. Petersburg College, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $28 the day of the show. Call 822-3590 or visit www.mypalladium.org.

After last year’s triumphant performance, the Calidore String Quartet returns to the Palladium for their only Tampa Bay performance.

The Calidore String Quartet has established itself an international reputation for its informed, polished and captivating performances. The Calidore has already made debuts in such prestigious festivals as Verbier and Ravinia and the Schneider Concert Series in New York City and is a featured Young Artist-in-Residence on American Public Media's “Performance Today.”

Formed at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles in 2010, the Calidore String Quartet quickly won grand prize in virtually all American chamber music competitions including the Fischoff, Coleman, Chesapeake and Yellow Springs competitions. Internationally, the quartet captured top prizes at the 2012 ARD Munich International String Quartet Competition and the 2012 Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition. Their performances and interviews were broadcast on Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich and Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Hamburg as well as being featured on German national television as part of a documentary produced by ARD public broadcasting.

Highlights of the 2013-14 season include a collaboration with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, a return to the renowned Schneider Concert Series at the New School and their Asian debut at the Kumho Arts Center in Seoul, Korea. Other engagements include a tour of Florida and Maine, a collaboration with Rob Kapilow on his series “What Makes it Great?” and numerous performances throughout Southern California. Summer 2014 will mark the Calidore String Quartet's inaugural season as the quartet-in-residence at the Bellingham Festival of Music.

Past summers included residencies and fellowships at the Banff Centre, Verbier Festival Academy, Aspen Music Festival and McGill International String Quartet Academy. In summer 2013, the Calidore worked closely with Edward Nesbit and premiered his ”Night Dances” at the Verbier Festival which was broadcast on Medici.tv. In 2012, the Calidore made its European debut at the esteemed Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy.

The Calidore has collaborated with many esteemed artists and ensembles including Joshua Bell, Menahem Pressler, Quatuor Ebene, Angel Romero and the Calder String Quartet, among others. Currently the graduate string quartet in residence at the Colburn School, the Calidore has studied closely with such luminaries as Andre Roy, Arnold Steinhardt, Guillaume Sutre, Gunter Pichler, Gehard Schulz, Gabor Takacs Nagy, Paul Coletti, Ronald Leonard, and the Quatuor Ebène.

Ardent supporters of music education, the Calidore String Quartet is deeply committed to sharing their passion for chamber music with students and audiences. This has taken the form of pre-concert talks, post-concert question-and-answer sessions, classroom visits, public school assemblies, traditional master classes and multi-day community residencies. The quartet has held residencies in conjunction with their performances in Arlington, Va.; Chicago, Ill.; Riverside, Cailf.; South Bend, Ind.; St. Petersburg, and at the 2011 and 2012 Laguna Beach Chamber Music Festival.

In May 2012, the quartet partnered with the Bellingham Music Festival and the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra in Bellingham, Wash., for a two-week residency of more than 20 concerts in public schools of Northwest Washington.

Using an amalgamation of “California” and “doré” (French for “golden”), the ensemble’s name represents a reverence for the diversity of culture and the strong support it has received from its home base in Los Angeles, Calif., the “golden state.” The Calidore String Quartet aims to present performances that share the passion and joy of the string quartet chamber music repertoire.
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