Dover Quartet To Receive the Cleveland Quartet Award In Its 20th-Anniversary Year

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Dover Quartet  
NEW YORK, NY (September 28, 2015)—Chamber Music America (CMA) announced today that the Dover Quartet has been selected to receive the Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2016–17 and 2017–18 seasons.
Established in 1995, the biennial award honors and promotes a rising young string quartet whose artistry demonstrates that it is in the process of establishing a major career. “We are pleased that the Dover Quartet has received the distinction of the Cleveland Quartet Award, in this, the award’s 20th anniversary year. The quartet will join the award’s distinguished roster of recipients, who have all been recognized for their artistry and established significant careers in the chamber music field,” said Margaret M. Lioi, Chamber Music America’s chief executive officer.  Over the past 20 years, the award has been presented to the Brentano, Borromeo, Miami, Pacifica, Miro, Jupiter, Parker, Jasper, and Ariel Quartets.
The Dover Quartet—Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violins; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola; and Camden Shaw, cello—won the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, having received the Grand Prize and all three special prizes (Canadian Commission Prize, Székely Prize for best Schubert quartet performance, and the R.S. Williams & Sons Haydn Prize). In 2013–14, it became the first ever quartet-in-residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, and acted as the Caramoor Festival’s Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence. The quartet won top prizes at the Fischoff Competition in 2010 and the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in 2012, and began a three-year quartet-in-residence position at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University in 2015.
The Dover Quartet draws from the musical lineage of the Cleveland, Vermeer, and Guarneri Quartets, having studied at the Curtis Institute and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where they were in residence from 2011-2013. The quartet is also dedicated to sharing its music with underserved communities and is an active member of Music for Food, an initiative that helps musicians fight hunger in their home communities.  The quartet is managed by Melvin Kaplan, Inc.
The Cleveland Quartet Award will be presented at Chamber Music America’s National Conference in New York City (January 7-10, 2016). During the 2016-17 and 2017-18 concert seasons, the Dover Quartet will perform at each of the following presenters: Buffalo Chamber Music Society (Buffalo, NY); Carnegie Hall (New York, NY); Chamber Music Society of Detroit (Detroit, MI); Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art at the Smithsonian (Washington, D.C.); Friends of Chamber Music (Kansas City, MO); Market Square Concerts (Harrisburg, PA); Krannert Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL); and the University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX).
The creation of a lasting legacy for young musicians was envisioned by the Cleveland Quartet in 1995, as a culmination of its remarkable 26-year history. The quartet joined forces with Chamber Music America (CMA) and eight prominent chamber music presenters to found the Cleveland Quartet Award and to raise funds for the establishment of the Cleveland Quartet Award Endowment Fund. The award is not a competition. Nominations are submitted confidentially to CMA by a national roster of chamber musicians, presenters, and educators. The winning string quartet’s presentations and performances are funded by income from the Cleveland Quartet Award Endowment Fund, which is managed by CMA.
Chamber Music America, the national network of ensemble music professionals, was founded in 1977 to develop, support, and strengthen the chamber music community. With a membership of nearly 6,000, including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artist managers, educators, music businesses, and advocates of ensemble music, CMA welcomes members representing a wide range of musical styles and traditions. In addition to its funding programs, CMA provides its members with consulting services, access to instrument and other insurances, conferences, seminars, publications, and a member-centered website, www.chamber-music.org.