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Watch and Listen: The Rolston String Quartet on WRTI

Bo Huang
Rolston String Quartet

With performances hailed as 'electrifying' (Strings Magazine) and 'exquisite, filled with luminosity and pulsing with life' (Musical Toronto) , the award winning Rolston String Quartet has been making its name all over the world. The Astral artists visit WRTI to perform a selection of works, and talk with WRTI's Susan Lewis in advance of their concert at Trinity Church on Rittenhouse Square on December 8th.

Watch the performance on WRTI's Facebook page here.

Canada's Rolston String Quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Chamber Music Residency. They named the ensemble for Canadian violinist Thomas Rolston, founder and long time director of the Music and Sound Programs at the Centre. They are winners of Astral's 2016 National Auditions.

The Rolston String Quartet was named among the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's 2016 "30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30."


Luri Lee, violin - Toronto, Ontario

Emily Kruspe, violin - Toronto, Ontario

Hezekiah Leung, viola - Vancouver, British Columbia

Jonathan Lo, cello - North Vancouver, British Columbia

Program at WRTI:

Mozart,  Allegro non troppo, from String Quartet No. 18 in A Major, K. 464

Ligeti, Excerpt from String Quartet No. 1, Metamorphoses noctures

Beethoven, Cavaatina: Adagio molto espressivo, from String Quartet no. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130 

Among other honors, Rolston String Quartet won first prize in the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition and won the 2018 Cleveland Quartet Award Grand Prize.  The winner of the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, the quartet also received prizes at the M-Prize and Bordeaux international string quartet competitions.

Recently, the quartet tipped its 100-concert milestone, with performances throughout Canada, the U.S., Germany, Brussels, Italy, and Israel, including appearances at the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center, Koerner Hall at the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music, and the Esterházy Palace.

The ensemble currently serves as the Yale School of Music's fellowship quartet-in-residence.

Program at Church of the Holy Trinity, Saturday, December 8th at 7:30 pm:

Mozart String Quartet No. 18 in A Major, K. 464

Ligeti String Quartet No. 1 "Métamorphoses nocturnes"

Beethoven, String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130 (ohne Grosse Fuge)

Pre-concert conversation with Artistic Director Dan Visconti at 6:45 pm.

As senior producer of arts and culture, Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and producer of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series, to which she also contributes weekly intermission interviews. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.