Verona Quartet to Receive 2020 Cleveland Quartet Award

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Verona Quartet

Verona String Quartet

New York, NY (November 20, 2019)—Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, announced today that the Verona Quartet has been selected to receive the Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2020–21 and 2021–22 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 Verona Quartet will join the roster of distinguished quartets that have received the Cleveland Quartet Award over the years—Brentano, Borromeo, Miami, Pacifica, Miró, Jupiter, Parker, Jasper, Ariel, Dover, and Rolston Quartets—all of which have enriched the chamber music field,” said Margaret M. Lioi, Chamber Music America’s chief executive officer.

The Verona Quartet—Jonathan Ong and Dorothy Ro (violins), Abigail Rojansky (viola) and Jonathan Dormand (cello)—rose to international prominence by sweeping top prizes at competitions across four continents, including the Wigmore Hall, Melbourne, Osaka, and M-Prize International Competitions, and performing at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and Melbourne Recital Hall. Recipients of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Quartet has demonstrated its commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration by partnering with Brooklyn’s Dance Heginbotham, traditional Emirati poets in the UAE, the folk supergroup, I’m With Her, and cellist Joshua Roman. The Quartet has commissioned works from composers Julia Adolphe, Sebastian Currier, Richard Danielpour, and Michael Gilbertson, whose Quartet was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Forthcoming album releases include Gilbertson’s Quartet, as well as the ensemble’s debut album, Diffusion on Azica Records. The Quartet currently serves as the inaugural Quartet-in-Residence with North Carolina’s Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and as Quartet-in-Residence for the Indiana University Summer String Academy and New England Conservatory Preparatory School.

As part of the award, the quartet will be presented by: the 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).

As a culmination of its remarkable 26-year history, the Cleveland Quartet sought to envision a lasting legacy for young musicians. The group joined forces with CMA and the eight presenters listed above to raise funds for the establishment of the Cleveland Quartet Award Endowment Fund. Nominations for the award are submitted confidentially to CMA by a national roster of chamber musicians, presenters, and educators. The winning string quartet’s performances are funded, in part, by income from the Cleveland Quartet Award Endowment Fund, which is administered by CMA.

Chamber Music America, the national network of ensemble music professionals, was founded in 1977 to develop, strengthen, and support the chamber music community. With a membership of nearly 6,000, including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artists’ managers, educators, music businesses, and advocates of ensemble music, CMA welcomes members representing a wide range of musical styles and traditions—including western and non-western classical, contemporary, jazz, and evolving genres. CMA provides its members with grant programs, consulting services, access to instrument and other insurances, conferences, seminars, and several publications including Chamber Music magazine and the weekly e-newsletter, Accent.