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Curtis String Quartet in Residence Featured on 'Performance Today', Reaching 1.3 Million Weekly Listeners

Performances and interviews with the Dover Quartet featured October 23-25

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(October 25, 2013) American Public Media's Performance Today features the Dover Quartet, string quartet in residence at Curtis, with three days of in-studio interviews with host Fred Child and exclusive musical performances October 23-25. America's most popular classical music radio program, Performance Today reaches over 1.3 million weekly listeners on more than 260 stations around the country.

Listen to performances of Beethoven, Schubert, and Barber and interviews with the Dover Quartet online or find local listing information. Performance Today is available in Philadelphia on WHYY's HD radio station (90.9 HD2) weekdays at 8 p.m.

As part of Performance Today's Young Artist in Residence series, musicians from top American conservatories visit the studios in Saint Paul, Minnesota for a week-long residency, which includes interviews and performances as well as community offerings at Nova Classical Academy in the Saint Paul School District.

Young Artists in Residence perform and talk about their backgrounds, their ambitions, and what it means to be a musician. Other Curtis students featured in past seasons are Jordan Dodson, guitar, and Elizabeth Zharoff, soprano.

"Performance Today's Young-Artist-in-Residence program wouldn't be complete without our ongoing partnership with the Curtis Institute," said Performance Today host Fred Child. "We know going in that musicians associated with Curtis will be the best of the best. Our conversations and interviews with the Dover Quartet mirrored their playing: they were articulate, gutsy, and thoughtfully reflective. I fully expect them to emerge as one of the brightest lights of their musical generation, and to bring the highest artistic standards to their work for many years to come. I feel privileged to have met them during their time as string quartet in residence at Curtis, and proud to have been able to share them with Performance Today listeners from coast to coast."

Formed in 2008 at the Curtis Institute of Music by Joel Link (Violin '11) from Cartersville, Ga.; Bryan Lee (Violin '11) from Radnor, Pa.; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt (Viola '10, '11) from Jacksonville, Fla.; and Camden Shaw (Cello '10, '11) from Bellevue, Wash.; the Dover Quartet is the inaugural ensemble for the school's string quartet program, which begins in the 2013-14 school year. Designed for young quartets of extraordinary promise, the program provides musicians with frequent performance opportunities, in keeping with Curtis's learn-by-doing philosophy. Quartets also receive multiple weekly coachings from renowned string faculty, which includes celebrated chamber musicians, soloists, and orchestral players, and work with visiting artists, including string quartets, throughout the year.

The Dover Quartet recently swept the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, winning first prize and the Székely Prize, Canadian Commission Prize, R.S. Williams & Sons Haydn Prize, and ProQuartet Prize. With their first place win comes an extensive three-year career development program including concert tours in Europe and North America, Banff Centre residencies, and the production of a CD recorded and produced by the Centre's audio department.

The group comes to Curtis from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, where they were the graduate string quartet in residence. Praised by The Strad for their "exceptional interpretative maturity, tonal refinement, and taut ensemble," their previous honors include the gold medal and grand prize of the 2010 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and second prize in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

A prize-winner at the London International String Quartet Competition, the Dover Quartet has taken part in such festivals as Artosphere, La Jolla SummerFest, and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival; and has performed on several influential series, including the Washington Performing Arts Society, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Peoples' Symphony, Schneider Concerts, Kneisel Hall, and Houston Friends of Chamber Music. Its members have appeared as soloists with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, and BBC Concert Orchestra.

As quartet in residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Dover Quartet will appear nationally and internationally through Curtis On Tour during the 2013-14 season, in addition to maintaining an active performing schedule apart from Curtis. Details are available at and

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis provides its 168 students with full-tuition scholarships and personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. Its distinctive "learn by doing" approach has produced an impressive number of notable artists, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Jonathan Biss, Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang. Curtis alumni hold principal chairs in every major American orchestra, and each season they are featured as guest soloists with the world's leading orchestras, opera houses, and chamber music series.

Curtis's innovative programs encourage students to perform often and hone 21st-century musical skills. The school's facilities offer superb spaces for music-making, as well as state-of-the-art technologies to enhance learning. In addition to more than 200 performances in and around Philadelphia each year, students perform internationally with Curtis On Tour. When they graduate, they become musical leaders, making a profound impact on music around the globe. To learn more, visit

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