Chamber Music America announced that the Rolston Quartet was selected to receive the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. The Rolston Quartet was the Shepherd School's graduate string quartet-in-residence from 2015-2017. We congratulate Luri Lee and Jeffrey Dyrda, violins; Hezekiah Leung, viola; and Jonathan Lo, cello on their continued success.
Established in 1995, the biennial award honors and promotes a rising young string quartet whose artistry demonstrates that it is in the process of establishing a major career. The award holds a special meaning for the Shepherd School, as Professor of Viola James Dunham was a member of the Cleveland Quartet; he and his colleagues established this award as a legacy when the group disbanded.
This marks the third time a group of Shepherd School alumni have received the Cleveland Quartet Award. In 2016 Chamber Music America awarded the Dover String Quartet '13 with the honor and in 2012 the Jasper String Quartet '09 received the award. Learn more.