Omer I_IMG_9536Praised by the Cleveland Classical for being a “lean and resonant ensemble” with “committed and vivid” interpretations, the Omer String Quartet was named the 2013 Grand Prize and Gold Medal winner of the 40th Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. As part of their award, they completed an 8-concert tour in the Midwest last October and will make several concert appearances in the Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy this summer. In addition the quartet has upcoming engagements with the Fontana Chamber Arts Summer Series in Kalamazoo Michigan, as well as a four-week residency at La Jolla Summerfest.

Formed in 2009, the quartet recently completed chamber music studies as the Apprentice String Quartet at the Cleveland Institute of Music and was awarded the Levine Chamber Music Award. In addition to performing at the institute, for the past two years they were the Cleveland Chamber Music Society’s Quartet in Residence for which they performed on the society concert series and presented student programs in Cleveland-area schools.

The ensemble has participated in the Robert Mann String Quartet Institute at the Manhattan School of Music, Aspen Music Festival’s Center for Advanced Quartet Studies, the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop and the Banff Centre Chamber Music Residency. They were re-invited to the Banff Centre in 2011 to give a world premiere of a new work for percussion ensemble and string quartet by Bob Becker. Since its inception, the quartet has worked closely with the Cavani Quartet, Peter Salaff, Earl Carlyss, Mark Steinberg and Donald Weilerstein, as well as performed in masterclasses for members of the Takács, Jupiter, Emerson, Miro, and Juilliard Quartets.

As avid educators the quartet devotes time to creating original interactive and educational programs. The group performs at schools, hospitals, college classes, and unconventional venues to engage audiences through the exploration of the string quartet medium. In addition the Omer Quartet has presented masterclasses across the country including for ensembles of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Midwest Young Artists, and Valparaiso University. The quartet is based in New York City and currently studies with Samuel Rhodes and Earl Carlyss at the Juilliard School.

This performance marks Omer Quartet's La Jolla Music Society debut.

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