Hailed by The New York Times as an “outstanding ensemble,” the Verona Quartet’s members represent four different nationalities (USA, UK, Singapore and Canada), defying convention through their singular approach to musical and cultural cooperation. As one of the most decorated string quartets of its generation, the Verona Quartet has quickly earned a reputation for their “interpretive strength…robust characterization [and] commanding resonance” (Calgary Herald).
Since winning the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Quartet has delighted audiences at venues worldwide including Wigmore Hall (London, UK), Izumi Hall (Osaka, Japan), the National Theatre (Abu Dhabi, UAE), Melbourne Recital Hall (Melbourne, Australia), and, in New York City, at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. 2018-2019 season highlights include performances on the Lincoln Center Great Performers Series, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Boston Celebrity Series, Lunenburg Academy of Musical Performance, Jordan Hall and Strathmore Music in the Mansion.
The Verona Quartet’s progressive approach to collaboration and programming includes numerous cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary enterprises. Past projects have included a performance art installation with visual artist Ana Prvacki, artistic exchange with traditional Emirati poets in the UAE and collaborative work with dancers from Dance Heginbotham. The Quartet also regularly champions, premieres and commissions works from contemporary composers including Julia Adolphe, Sebastian Currier, Richard Danielpour and Atar Arad as well as Michael Gilbertson whose Quartet (commissioned by the Verona Quartet) earned him a nomination for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize.
Strongly committed to education, the Quartet was the most recent Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts and has been on the faculty of the Indiana University Summer String Academy as Quartet-in-Residence since 2016. Recent international residencies include: the Beethoven-Haus (Bonn, Germany); Oberlin Conservatory of Music; New York University-Abu Dhabi, and Lunenberg Academy of Music Performance (Nova Scotia, Canada). They have also appeared on National Public Radio, WQXR, WFMT, The Weekly Special on PBS, and Abu Dhabi Classical FM.
Selected by Musical America as “New Artists of the Month” in May 2016, the group has garnered worldwide recognition by winning top prizes at international competitions across four continents including the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition (London), the 8th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition (Japan) and the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (Australia) amongst others. The Quartet is currently the quartet-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music’s Professional String Quartet Training program, under the mentorship of Paul Katz and has previously studied at The Juilliard School under the Juilliard String Quartet and David Finckel and Indiana University under the Pacifica Quartet, Atar Arad and Alex Kerr.
The Verona Quartet believes that music making harkens beyond the art form itself to the spirit and narrative of storytelling. As such, the name “Verona” pays tribute to William Shakespeare, one of the greatest storytellers of all time.
Haydn: String Quartet in C Major, Op. 74, No. 1, Vivace
Beethoven: String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2, Molto Adagio
Ligeti: "Metamorphoses Nocturnes" (Excerpt)
John Zorn: Cat O'Nine Tails (Excerpt)
Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, 'Death and the Maiden', Scherzo- Trio
Kelly-Marie Murphy: Dark Energy (2007)- Excerpt
Beethoven: String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2, Allegretto
Haydn: String Quartet in C Major, Op. 74, No. 1, Andantino grazioso