string quartet | United States

Canada's Rolston String Quartet – Luri Lee (violin), Hezekiah Leung (viola), Jonathan Lo (cello), and new member as of spring 2018 Emily Kruspe (violin) – was formed in the summer of 2013 at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity's Chamber Music Residency. They take their name from Canadian violinist Thomas Rolston, founder and longtime director of the Music and Sound Programs at the Banff Centre. The quartet’s honors include the 2018 Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America, the Astral Artists national auditions, first prizes in the Banff and Bordeaux international string quartet competitions, the University of Michigan’s M-Prize, and inclusion in CBC Radio’s 2016 list of “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30.”

On the heels of their Banff win in 2016, Rolston String Quartet immediately embarked upon the BISQC Winner’s Tour, taking them to Germany, Italy, Austria, Canada, and the United States. As Ludwig van Toronto states, “they performed with a maturity and cohesion rivaling the best string quartets in the world.” In the 2017-18 season, they tipped the 100-concert milestone with performances throughout Canada, the United States, Germany, Brussels, Italy, and Israel. Highlights of their 2018-19 season included debut performances at Carnegie Hall, The Freer Gallery in Washington, DC, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Chamber Music Houston; two major tours in Canada under the Prairie Debut and Debut Atlantic touring networks; and three European tours with dates in Leipzig, Berlin, Lucerne, Heidelberg, Barcelona, Graz, and other centers.

The quartet’s 2019-20 season includes concerts at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music, Texas Performing Arts (Austin, TX), Chamber Music Northwest (Portland, OR), and Calgary Pro Musica; the chamber music societies of Detroit, Fort Worth, Kansas City, Philadelphia, and Vancouver; the Louvre Museum in Paris; and the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, Belgium. Slated for Fall 2019 release on the Fuga Libera label is the quartet’s debut album Souvenir, an all-Tchaikovsky disc including Souvenir de Florence (in collaboration with Miguel da Silva, viola and Gary Hoffman, cello), the String Quartet No. 1, and a string quartet arrangement of The Children’s Album.

Rolston String Quartet began their two-year term as fellowship quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music’s in the fall of 2017. They have also served as the graduate quartet-in-residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and have participated in residencies and fellowships at the Académie musicale de Villecroze, Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre, McGill International String Quartet Academy, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, and the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Festival.

Notable collaborations include performances with renowned artists Andrés Díaz, Gilbert Kalish, Mark Morris, Arthur Rowe, Robert McDonald, Donald Palma, Jon Kimura Parker, and Miguel da Silva. Additionally, they have worked with songwriter Kishi Bashi and composers John Luther Adams and Brian Current. Primary mentors include the Brentano Quartet, James Dunham, Norman Fischer, and Kenneth Goldsmith. The quartet has received additional guidance from the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Barry Shiffman, Miguel da Silva, and Alastair Tait.

Luri Lee plays a Carlo Tononi violin, generously on loan from Shauna Rolston Shaw. Emily Kruspe plays a 1900 Stefano Scarampella violin, generously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank. The Rolston String Quartet is endorsed by Jargar Strings of Denmark.

Rolston String Quartet is represented in the United States by New York-based Sciolino Artist Management.

September 2019

Do not make any alterations to this biography. Concert presenters and other interested parties may obtain an updated and/or abridged version by contacting Chester Lane, Director of Communications at Sciolino Artist Management,



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