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Ensamble in Residence Penelope P. Watkins



Joel Link, violin | Bryan Lee, violin | Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola | Camden Shaw, cello


Hailed as “the next Guarneri Quartet” (Chicago Tribune), the Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom in 2013, following a stunning sweep of all prizes at the Banff Competition and has since become one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. In addition to its faculty role as the inaugural Penelope P. Watkins Ensemble in Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Dover Quartet holds residencies with the Kennedy Center, Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, Artosphere, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, and Peoples’ Symphony Concerts in New York. Among the group’s honors are the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award, and Lincoln Center’s Hunt Family Award. Equally comfortable with repertoire from a range of eras, the quartet has worked with some of the world’s foremost living composers, including Caroline Shaw and Mason Bates.

The quartet’s recent collaborators include Emanuel Ax, Inon Barnaton, Ray Chen, Edgar Meyer, Anthony McGill, the Escher Quartet, and Roomful of Teeth. In addition to two previous albums for the label, the Dover Quartet is recording the complete Beethoven string quartet cycle for Cedille Records, with the first volume set for release in September 2020. The Dover Quartet was formed in 2008 at the Curtis Institute of Music.

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Penelope P. Watkins Ensemble in Residence

The Dover Quartet is the Penelope P. Watkins Ensemble in Residence at Curtis. Their faculty residency integrates teaching and mentorship, a robust international performance career, and a cutting-edge digital presence. With this innovative residency, Curtis reinvigorates its tradition of maintaining a top professional string quartet on its faculty, while providing resources for the ensemble to experiment with new technologies and engage audiences through digital means. Working closely with students in the Nina von Maltzahn String Quartet Program, the resident ensemble will recruit the most promising young string quartets and foster their development in order to nurture a new generation of leading professional chamber ensembles. 

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