Montréal 2021


String Quartet


Luri Lee , violin
Jeffrey Dyrda , violin
Hezekiah Leung , viola
Jonathan Lo , cello

First Prize winner of the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Rolston Quartet has also won First Prize at the 31st Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, Third Prize at the inaugural M-Prize Competition, and the Durosoir Prize at the 2016 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.

Formed in 2013 and Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at Rice University, the quartet has collaborated with renowned artists Andrés Díaz, Gil Kalish, Mark Morris, Donald Palma and Jon Kimura Parker. Additionally, they have worked closely with composers John Luther Adams and Brian Current.

The quartet takes its name after Canadian violinist Thomas Rolston, the founder of the Music and Sound Programs at the Banff Centre.

The Rolston will be playing in Pollack Hall on August 18 & 25 at 7PM


String Quartet


Mark Derudder , violin
Bálint Váray , violin
Miguel Á. Rodriguez , viola
Pau Codina , cello

Winner of the 2nd prize at the Trondheim International Chamber Music and winner of the Tunnell Trust Award, the Idomeneo Quartet was formed in 2009 and held the Chamber Music Fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London under the guidance of Alasdair Tait before pursuing studies in Salzburg and Stuttgart.

The Idomeneo Quartet has held recitals in numerous concert venues all over Europe and extensively throughout the UK, and has given concert tours in Brazil and around Scotland and performed at numerous international festivals.

The quartet has also received guidance from such musicians as Rainer Schmidt, the Vogler Quartet, Bernard Greenhouse and Günter Pichler.

The Idomeneo will be playing in Pollack Hall on August 17 & 24 at 7PM


String Quartet


Jonathan Ong , violin
Dorothy Ro , violin
Abigail Rojansky , viola
Jonathan Dormand , cello

Winner of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Verona Quartet has also won top prizes at numerous prestigious international competitions such as the Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition, the Melbourne and the Osaka Chamber Music Competitions.The ensemble was also awarded the BMI Commissioning Prize, resulting in a brand new work by American composer Michael Gilbertson being premiered at the quartet’s Carnegie Hall debut in February 2017.

As Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School of Music, the group has worked closely with member of the Juilliard String Quartet and also tough as Lisa Arnhold fellows.

The Quartet has collaborated with celebrated artists such as David Shifrin, Cho-Liang Lin and Jean-Michel Fonteneau and were previously mentored by the Pacifica Quartet, Alexander Kerr, Atar Arad and Eric Kim.


String Quartet

United States

D. Kowintaweewat , violin
Seula Lee , violin
Pablo Muñoz Salido , viola
Zizai Ning , cello

Quartet-in-Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Zorá Quartet leapt into national attention in 2015 when they won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Grand Prize and Gold Medal of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in California.

Formed in 2014 at Indiana University, the Quartet was given the opportunity to be the String Quartet-in-Residence to perform and study manuscripts at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany. The quartet has collaborated with Pulitzer-Prize-winning American composer Caroline Shaw and the NOTUS Contemporary Ensemble. The name “Zorá” was chosen by violin professor Kevork Mardirossian at Indiana University; it means "sunrise" in Bulgarian. 

The Zorá will be playing in Pollack Hall on August 17 & 24 at 7PM


String Quartet

United States

Paul Aguilar , violin
Rachel Stenzel , violin
Eva Kennedy , viola
Hannah Moses , cello

Winner of the first prize in the 2017 Ohio String Teachers’ Association Chamber Music Competition, the Callisto Quartet was formed in 2016 at the Cleveland Institute of Music where they study under the tutelage of Peter Salaff and the Cavani String Quartet. 

The quartet was selected as the CIM Apprentice Quartet for 2017, a position which includes extensive education and performance activities throughout the Cleveland community.

The Callisto has also received guidance from Shmuel Ashkenasi, Mathias Tacke, Ronald Copes, Roger Tapping, Colin Carr, and members of the Belcea and Calidore Quartets.


String Quartet


Roman Fraser , violin
Maïthéna Girault , violin
Evan Robinson , viola
Joshua Morris , cello

Winner of the Gold Medal and the Grand Prize of the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Milton quartet was formed in 2015 at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University where they work under the tutelage of professor André J. Roy. 

The Milton String Quartet is also the winner of the 2016 McGill Chamber Music Competition and of the 2017 Encore Chamber Music String Quartet Fellowship.

To highlight their exceptional accomplishment at the Fischoff competition, MISQA is happy to offer the Milton Quartet the first part of the Grand Concert of Friday August 25th.


String Quartet

United States

Jisun Lee , violin
Daisy Rho , violin
Dmitri Yevstifeev , viola
Joanne Yesol Choi , cello

Formed in 2014, the Von Quartet is the current Undergraduate Quartet in Residence at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University where they are under the guidance and tutelage of the Pacifica Quartet. 

 Recently, the Von Quartet won the 2017 Quartet Residency at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany. 

In 2016, they have participated in the Banff Chamber Music Residency and the Ashkenazi/Kirshbaum Chamber Music Seminar at the Heifetz International Music Institute and in the Robert Mann String Quartet Seminar held at the Manhattan School of Music.

La Relève

Junior Quartets


Aug.19 & 26 , 2PM

Come support our Junior Quartets. The concerts of the Junior section of MISQA entitled Les Concerts de la Relève feature young quartets who, although just at the beginning of their careers, have already distinguished themselves by their immense talent. 

Les concerts de la relève take place in Tanna Schulich Hall, situated at 527, Sherbrooke Street West, on the second floor. Saturday the 19th and Saturday the 26th of August at 2PM.

Please note that this is a different hall than that of the Grand Concerts of MISQA.