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Dover Quartet Begins Three-Year Bienen School Residency

First year of Northwestern residency includes three concerts, master classes

  • Inaugural concert on Oct. 7 will launch Dover Quartet’s Bienen School residency
  • Quartet also will coach chamber music ensembles, present master classes, open rehearsals
  • Dover to debut at Carnegie Hall, Lucerne Festival, Yale and Lincoln Center series
  • Bienen School’s new quartet-in-residence to perform Oct. 7, Jan. 10 and April 26

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Dover Quartet, 2013 winner of the grand prize and all three special prizes in the Banff International String Quartet Competition, begins a three-year residency with Northwestern University’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music this fall, with the support of the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.

Presented by the Bienen School, the Dover Quartet’s 2015-16 concerts at Northwestern will take place on Oct. 7, Jan. 10 and April 26, on the Evanston campus.

In addition to performing a concert each fall, winter and spring quarter, the quartet will coach University chamber music ensembles and present master classes and open rehearsals (dates and times to be announced).

Comprised of violinists Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt and cellist Camden Shaw, the quartet performed more than 100 concerts throughout the United States, Canada, South America and Europe during the 2014-15 season. During that season the ensemble appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Schneider Concerts in New York City and Wigmore Hall in London.

The group’s 2015-16 performance season is as busy and includes the quartet’s debuts at Carnegie Hall, the Lucerne Festival, Yale University and on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series, as well as four concerts at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., three tours of Europe and their debut tour of Israel.

The quartet also will participate in weeklong residencies for Chamber Music Northwest, the Phoenix Chamber Music Festival, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Artosphere.

The ensemble also has scheduled upcoming collaborations with pianists Anne-Marie McDermott, Marc-André Hamelin and Jon Kimura Parker; violists Roberto Díaz, Michael Tree and Cynthia Phelps; bassist Edgar Meyer; mandolinist Avi Avital; and the Pacifica Quartet.

The following Dover Quartet programs will take place at the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts’ Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall, 70 Arts Circle Drive, or Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, on Northwestern’s Evanston campus, as noted.

Fall 2015 

  • 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall. The program features Mozart’s Quartet in B-flat (“The Hunt”), Dutilleux’s “Ainsi la nuit” and Schumann’s Quartet No. 1 in A Minor. Tickets are $30 for the general public and $10 for students with valid IDs. 

Winter 2016 

  • 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Part of the Winter Chamber Music Festival’s 20th season, the program includes Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96 (“American”), Berg’s String Quartet, Op. 3 and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1. Single tickets are $30 for the general public and $10 for students with valid IDs, and will go on sale Nov. 16. Winter Chamber Music Festival subscriptions are now available and range from $81 to $126 for the general public, and $27 to $42 for students with valid IDs. Call 847-467-4000 to subscribe, or visit for more information.

Spring 2016

  • 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall. Program to be announced. Tickets are $30 for the general public and $10 for students with valid IDs. Tickets on sale soon.

(NOTE: Northwestern faculty and staff with valid WildCARD IDs receive a 15 percent discount off the general public ticket price.)

For more information, visit or call the Bienen School of Music Concert Management Office at 847-491-5441. To purchase tickets, call the Bienen School of Music Ticket Office at 847-467-4000 or visit

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