Grand Prize and Gold Medal winner of the 2011 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Calidore String Quartet features violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi. These four musicians hailing from across North America combine their musical backgrounds to bring a fiery brilliance to the concert stage. Formed in 2010 at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music, the Calidore String Quartet made their debut with guitarist Angel Romero to a sold-out audience at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.
As top prize winner of the 2011 Fischoff competition, CSQ participated in a tour of the Midwestern United States, performing at venues such as the Debartolo Arts Center, Nichols Concert Hall, and a live radio broadcast on WFMT’s Impromptu! Program. This Summer, Calidore will perform several concerts at the venerated 2012 Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy.
Members of CSQ have collaborated with artists and ensembles including the Tokyo, Cypress, St. Lawrence, and Cavani string quartets, Paul Coletti, Joseph Silverstein, Menahem Pressler, Ronald Leonard, and John Perry. Teachers and mentors of the quartet include Paul Coletti, Ronald Leonard, Robert Lipsett, and Arnold Steinhardt.
Calidore aims to present performances that share the passion and joy of string quartet playing. With the help of their strong friendship, four distinct musical personalities unite to bring chamber music to life for their audiences.
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 California, the golden state.