BEETHOVEN: Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4
BRIGHT SHENG: String Quartet No. 4 “Silent Temple”
(replacing new work by David Hertzberg)
FRANCK: Piano Quintet in F minor
The Vera Quartet, a dynamic ensemble that just performed as part of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival’s dramatic Opening Night, are returning. Winners of the 2018 Astral Artists National Auditions, the Vera Quartet is currently the String Quartet in Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music. The quartet received Grand Prizes at the Chamber Music Yellow Springs and Plowman Chamber Music Competitions, top prizes from the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet Prize from the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition.
The Vera Quartet has held residencies at the Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Beethovenhaus in Germany, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and McGill International String Quartet Academy. In 2017, they were selected as one of five Young Artists in Residence at NPR’s Performance Today. Recent seasons have included international tours to Argentina, Hong Kong, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and Vietnam.
Formed in 2015 at Indiana University, the Vera Quartet was mentored by the Pacifica Quartet as Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Jacobs School of Music. As educators and arts advocates, the Vera Quartet is passionate about bringing interactive performances to diverse audiences in community venues. The ensemble firmly believes in the power of chamber music to transform people, and to ultimately contribute towards a just, egalitarian, and inclusive society.