The Oberlin Conservatory, in Ohio, has this week announced the appointment of VC Artist Verona Quartet as the school’s new Quartet-in-Residence – effective from the commencement of the 2020-21 academic year.
Consisting of violinists Jonathan Ong and Dorothy Ro, violist Abigail Rojansky and cellist Jonathan Dormand, the Verona Quartet are former top prize winners at the Wigmore Hall, Osaka, Melbourne, Fischoff and M-Prize International Chamber Music Competitions – and were recently awarded Chamber Music America’s prestigious 2020 ‘Cleveland Quartet Award.’
Their duties at Oberlin will include teaching and chamber music coaching – plus performing as a part of the school’s concert series.
“With the Verona Quartet at Oberlin, we will be providing our college students with the highest level of musical instruction …” Oberlin Conservatory String Professor Sibbi Bernhardsson has this week said.
“Part of what I think is so exciting is that they are not commuting in and out of town and trying to fit Oberlin into their tour schedule, they will be here as part of our community – and they will be able to do very meaningful work with our students,” he has said.
The Verona Quartet have previously completed a three-year residency as Quartet-in-Residence at New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Training Program, plus residencies at the The Juilliard School and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
They count amongst their mentors Paul Katz, Atar Arad, Martha Strongin Katz, Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, Merry Peckham, Alex Kerr and members of the Pacifica, Juilliard and Borromeo Quartets.
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