The Dover Quartet
Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violin
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola; Camden Shaw, cello
Hailed as "the next Guarneri Quartet" (Chicago Tribune) and "the young American string quartet of the moment," (New Yorker), 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 the 2020–21 season, the Dover Quartet debuted with Berkeley's Cal Performances and embarkes on its first-ever tour of Latin America, both of which will be conducted using virtual technology. Tour performances include collaborations with the Escher Quartet and harpist Bridget Kibbey. The quartet's first volume of the complete Beethoven string quartet cycle, which focuses on the composer's Op. 18 quartets, was released by Cedille Records in September 2020.
Among its many notable performances in 2019–20, the Dover Quartet made its Zankel Hall debut in collaboration with Emanuel Ax and returned to London's Wigmore Hall. Other recent collaborators include Inon Barnaton, Ray Chen, Edgar Meyer, Anthony McGill, the late Peter Serkin, and Roomful of Teeth. 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.
Cedille Records released the Dover Quartet's Voices of Defiance: 1943, 1944, 1945 in October 2017; and an all-Mozart debut recording in the 2016–17 season, featuring the late Michael Tree, violist of the Guarneri Quartet. Voices of Defiance, which explores works written during World War II by Viktor Ullman, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Simon Laks, was lauded upon its release as "undoubtedly one of the most compelling discs released this year" (Wall Street Journal).
The Dover Quartet is the Penelope P. Watkins Ensemble in Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music. Their faculty residency integrates teaching and mentorship, a robust international performance career, and a cutting-edge digital presence.
Among the group's honors are the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Chamber Music America's Cleveland Quartet Award, Lincoln Center's Hunt Family Award, and the grand and first prizes at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.