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Dover String Quartet June 10th Concert in Riverside

Brought to you by Prelude Chamber Music, Inc., the Dover String Quartet will give a FREE performance that is open to the public on June 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Jacksonville, Florida. Dover-Quartet-1-communityemail
The venue is located in Riverside/5-Points area across from Riverside Park. The Riverside Park United Methodist Church has been kind enough to let us use their sanctuary for the concert. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The sanctuary is located just across the street from Riverside Park. Immediately following the show, patrons can mingle with The Dover Quartet and enjoy complimentary dessert by Let Them Eat Cake.

The Dover Quartet Concert in Jacksonville, FL, is FREE and open-to-the-public.

Performance at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is First Come, First Serve.  LTEC-webLogo-MAIN-SM copy_ADPCM

The program will include:              

Beethoven: Quartet in F Major, Op. 135

Janáček: Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata”

Mendelssohn: Quartet in E minor, Op. 44, No. 2

Plus, some music by our own Piotr Szewczyk.


 Stay to meet The Dover Quartet at the dessert reception that follows. Let Them Eat Cake, a local Avondale scratch bakery, is sponsoring the dessert reception immediately following the performance and offering complimentary dessert to patrons. Flowers provided by Philips’ Garden Store. Special thanks for helping make this concert possible: Florida American String Teacher’s Association, The Ashley Willwerth Foundation, and Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Key Women Educators.        





Dover Acclaim

“An excellent, taut reading”-The New York Times“Sublime”-The STRAD

“The Young American String Quartet of the moment”-The New Yorker“Excellent and fast rising” – The New York Times

“Already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretative maturity, tonal refinement, and taut ensemble”- The STRAD

“An exhilaratingly high standard”-Weser-Kurier-Glocke Bremen

“Nothing other than pure delight… Even Beethoven’s finest subtleties and eccentricities came across as musical revelations. Astonishing to hear.”
-Neuen Rhein Zeitung

“A very mature, homogeneous ensemble playing with self-confidence and power at the highest level… The young musicians exuded love for classical music from every pore”
-Rheinische Post

“The musicians proved their mastery from the crystal clear unisons of the first movement… nearly psychological illumination of the themes and phrases”
-Saarbrueken Zeitung

“Distinguished by a large yet sophisticated sound and clean ensemble playing. Above all, their performance radiates an impressive love of music-making.”
-Westfalische Nachrichten

“The precision and colour differentiation of every detail is finely adjusted to produce the desired overall effect. Each instrumental line is full of such personal expression each motive seems to develop its own voice and to sing.”
-Fuldaer Zeitung

For Prelude Chamber Music Camp, The Dover String Quartet will lead two master classes June 10th-11th during Prelude Chamber Music Camp Week I. Camp week is June 9-14 at Riverside Park United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. This is also an opportunity to meet the international award-winning quartet and work with some of the finest instructors and talent in Northeast Florida, including members of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

Hear Performance Today’s, Public Radio, coverage of Dover Quartet from October 2013, just after they swept the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition.

Considered one of the most remarkably talented string quartets ever to emerge at such a young age, the Dover Quartet swept the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, winning the Grand Prize as well as all three Special Prizes: the R.S. Williams & Sons Haydn Prize for the best performance of Haydn, the Székely Prize for the best performance of Schubert, and the Canadian Commission Prize for the best performance of a newly commissioned work. In addition, the Quartet has been named the first Quartet-in-Residence at the venerated Curtis Institute of Music and the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-In-Residence at the Caramoor Festival for the 2013-14 season. The Grand Prize-winner of the 2010 Fischoff Competition, the Dover formed at Curtis in 2008, when its members were just 19 years old. The Quartet draws from the musical lineage of both the Vermeer and Guarneri Quartets, but brings a youthful enthusiasm and musical conviction to the repertoire that is truly its own. The Strad recently raved that the Quartet is “already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretative maturity, tonal refinement and taut ensemble.”

Musical America Worldwide recently named the Dover Quartet “New Artists of the Month.”

The Dover Quartet won prizes at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, and has taken part in festivals such as Chamber Music Northwest, Artosphere, La Jolla SummerFest, and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. Recent performances include those for such influential series as the Washington Performing Arts Society, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Peoples’ Symphony, Schneider Concerts, Kneisel Hall, and the Houston Friends of Chamber Music. The Quartet continued their close collaboration with violist Roberto Díaz on an extensive European tour in spring 2013, which included performances throughout Germany, Austria, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The summer of 2013 featured performances at the Bard Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. Highlights of the 2013-14 season include a number of performances at the Curtis Institute of Music and Caramoor Festival, as well as a debut at the Heidelberg Festival in Germany.

Members of the Quartet have appeared as soloists with some of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic. The group’s recording of the Mendelssohn and Debussy quartets received high praise: “…the maturity in these interpretations is phenomenal and disproportionate to the age [of the group].”

The ensemble has studied with such renowned chamber musicians as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Arnold Steinhardt, Joseph Silverstein, and Peter Wiley, and was the Quartet-in-Residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music until May 2013. In addition, the Quartet is an active member of Music for Food, an initiative by musicians to help fight hunger in their home communities.


Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt

milena_pajaro-PHOTOA rising star in the viola world, Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt is the First Prize winner of the 2010 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. In addition to appearances as soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra, she has performed in recitals and chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe, including a recent acclaimed 2011 debut recital at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Milena’s summer festival appearances include Marlboro, Bowdoin, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Sarasota, Strings, Bravo! Vail Valley, and La Jolla Summerfest, as well as Italy’s Emilia Romagna Festival. Among the conductors with who she has worked are Seiji Ozawa, Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Charles Dutoit, and Otto-Werner Mueller. Ms. Pajaro-van de Stadt is a winner of the Gold Medal and Grand Prize in the 2010 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Her numerous awards also include prizes at the 2009 Tokyo International Viola Competition in 2009, and the 2006 Sphinx Competition, Junior Division.

A violin student of Sergiu Schwartz and Melissa Pierson-Barrett for several years, she began studying viola with Michael Klotz at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in 2005. Ms. Pajaro-van de Stadt graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Roberto Diaz, Michael Tree, Misha Amory, and Joseph de Pasquale.


Joel Link

Joel_Link_photoFrom a young age, violinist Joel Link has met much success both as a soloist and chamber musician. As a top prize winner of numerous competitions including the Johansen International Competition in Washington D.C. and the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition in England, Link’s playing has received accolades for being both highly refined and captivatingly passionate. The Atlanta Journal Constitution wrote of a concert, “After Joel played, the audience rose, one at a time, seemingly pulled out of their seats by the richness of his sound and the authority of his musical ideas.” As a result of his prize at the Menuhin Competition, Link was featured in The Strad magazine and has also appeared on numerous radio shows, including NPR’s “From the Top.”

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, he studied with renowned violinists Joseph Silverstein and Pamela Frank, and served as the Curtis Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster for the 2009-2010 season. Joel’s love of chamber music has taken him to highly regarded music festivals across the globe, including the Ravinia and Marlboro music festivals, as well as Music from Angelfire. As a member of the Dover String Quartet, (formerly the Old City String Quartet) Joel has received the Grand Prize as well as the Gold Medal from the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and concertizes with the ensemble to great critical acclaim.


Bryan Lee

bryan_lee_photoBryan Lee has performed as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Delaware, Lansdowne, and Temple University Symphony Orchestras, among others. Bryan was awarded the Bronze Medal at the 2005 Stulberg International String Competition and won second prize at the 2004 Kingsville International Young Performers Competition. He was featured on America’s National Public Radio station on the show “From the Top”, and has attended Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists, La Jolla Summerfest, Music from Angel Fire, Encore School for Strings, Sarasota Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and the Perlman Music Program. Serving as Associate Concertmaster of both Symphony in C and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, and as a substitute for the Philadelphia Orchestra, Bryan has performed under the batons of such renowned conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas, Rossen Milanov, Otto-Werner Mueller, Alan Gilbert, Christoph Eschenbach, and Sir Simon Rattle, and has collaborated in chamber music with Peter Wiley, Ida Kavafian, Roberto Diaz, Anne-Marie McDermott, Carter Brey, and the Tokyo String Quartet. Bryan is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Pamela Frank and Victor Danchenko. His previous studies were with Choong-Jin Chang and Soovin Kim.



Camden Shaw

camden_shaw_photoCamden Shaw’s playing has been described as “Wonderfully rich” (Kansas City Star) as well as “dynamic and brave” (Stereo Times.) Shaw is the cellist of The Dover String Quartet, formed at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and grand prizewinner of the 2010 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. In addition to his love of chamber music, Shaw has an active career as a recitalist and soloist—highlights from recent years included performances of the Brahms Double concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the release of his solo album on the Unipheye label—The STRAD magazine said of Shaw’s Kodaly sonata: “There is a raw earthiness to Shaw’s playing, an interplay of passion and plaintive lyricism, and a courageous contempt for [it’s] horrific demands, that is utterly gripping.” In addition to his studies at the Curtis Institute where he graduated in 2010, Shaw has studied intensively with Steven Isserlis at the International Musician’s Seminar in England.

1 Comment

  1. The Dover Quartet gave an amazing Jacksonville community concert in Riverside for all of us last month and helped to educate our music students at Prelude Chamber Music Camp Festival. The house was packed with people of all ages! We received many compliments from those who attended. For several in the audience it was their first chamber music concert. Others were music majors at UNF, JU and UF who came to hear the quartet for themselves. Some heard about the performance through their local community boards and activities directors, some through the Facebook event posting, and others from the Jacksonville Times Union. All said they wanted to know about more of our concerts and would be joining us for the next show. Of the people I talked with during intermission and after the performance, all were equally impressed and moved by the performance. With the help and support of our community, we can continue hosting and promoting concerts like this for us all to enjoy. If you would like to host, volunteer or contribute to events like this, please let us hear your suggestions and comments. Thank you Patrons!

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