Rolston String Quartet

2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition Winner

This award-winning quartet bring a program of works by Beethoven, Schumann and contemporary Canadain composer, Sophia di Castri.

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BEETHOVEN String Quartet, Op. 18, No. 3
DI CASTRIString Quartet No. 1
SCHUMANNString Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3

Program Notes will be available from January 20, 2018

Musical Prelude 2 PM
Artists from the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory will perform.

Rolston String Quartet

Rolston String Quartet
Luri Lee, violin
Jeffrey Dyrda, violin
Hezekiah Leung, viola
Jonathan Lo, cello

First Prize laureate of the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Rolston String Quartet, was named among the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s 2016 “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30.” Recently, Musical Toronto said, “they performed with a maturity and cohesion rivaling the best string quartets in the world.” A winner of Astral’s 2016 National Auditions, the quartet was also the Grand Prize winner of the 31st Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, as well as prizewinners at the inaugural M-Prize competition (2016) and the 2016 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.

On the heels of their Banff win, the Rolstons immediately embarked upon the Competition’s tour in the 2016-2017 season, taking them to Germany, Italy, Austria, Canada, and United States. In the 2017-2018 season, they will perform throughout Canada, United States, Europe, and Israel. Highlights include appearances in such venues as the Smithsonian, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Koerner Hall at the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music, and the Esterhazy Palace.

In the fall of 2017, the Rolston String Quartet begins as the Yale School of Music’s fellowship quartet-in-residence. 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 for the Rolston String Quartet include performances with renowned artists Andrés Díaz, Gilbert Kalish, Mark Morris, Donald Palma, Jon Kimura Parker, and Miguel da Silva. Additionally, they have worked with composers John Luther Adams and Brian Current. Primary mentors include the Brentano Quartet, James Dunham, Norman Fischer, and Kenneth Goldsmith, and the quartet has received additional guidance from the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Barry Shiffman, Miguel da Silva, and Alastair Tait.

The Rolston String Quartet, Luri Lee (violin), Jeffrey Dyrda (violin), Hezekiah Leung (viola) and Jonathan Lo (cello), 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 for Arts and Creativity.

Luri Lee plays a Carlo Tononi violin, generously on loan from Shauna Rolston Shaw. Rolston String Quartet is endorsed by Jargar Strings of Denmark.

This performance marks Rolston String Quartet’s La Jolla Music Society debut.

Dinner with Rolston String Quartet
Following Rolston String Quartet’s performance, we invite you to join the musicians and fellow music lovers for an elegant dinner at NINE-TEN Restaurant. Reserve your seat today!

NINE-TEN Restaurant
910 Prospect Street, La Jolla 92037
Sunday, January 21,2018

5:30 pm: Champagne Welcome Reception
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm: Seated, 3-Course Dinner with a Glass of Wine
Cost: $65/person (all-inclusive, tax and gratuity)

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Please contact Rewa Colette Soltan at or 858.459.3724, ext. 206 to reserve your seat for dinner with the artists at NINE-TEN Restaurant. Reservations must be made by January 15, 2018.

January 21, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
The Auditorium at TSRI
10620 John J Hopkins Dr
San Diego,CA 92121