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NOON CONCERT: Emerging String Quartet Program – The Omer Quartet
The Omer Quartet played as if the ink were still wet on the page. It made it seem as if Haydn was not some bust on the piano, but a living, breathing composer. This was an invigorating interpretation, played with a sense of discovery and adventure, but also with considerable finesse. — San Diego Union Tribune
Comprising violinists Mason Yu and Erica Tursi, violist Jinsun Hong, and cellist Alex Cox, the Omer Quartet is a leader among today’s young string quartets. Most recently first prizewinners of the Young Concert Artists Auditions, the quartet came into prominence in 2013 when it received Grand Prize and gold medal at the Fischoff National Competition. Since then, they received top prize at the XI Premio Paolo Borciani Competition in Italy, second prize at the Trondheim Competition in Norway, and special prize at the Bordeaux International Competition in France. The quartet has performed with internationally renowned artists such as Kim Kashkashian, Clive Greensmith, Eugene Drucker, Cho-Liang Lin, the Assad Brothers, and the Borromeo String Quartet, and has collaborated with composers such as Sean Shepherd and Perry Goldstein. They were invited to the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, McGill International String Quartet Academy, the Ravinia Steans Institute, and the Perlman Music Program. They have also served on the faculty of New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School. During the summer of 2018, the quartet served as Chamber Ensemble in Residence at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival.
The St. Lawrence String Quartet, Stanford's artist-in-residence, developed the Emerging String Quartet Program (ESQP) as a workshop focused on community outreach for young professional musicians, in which emerging ensembles are invited to Stanford for a residency allowing for the musicians to receive coaching from the SLSQ, as well as experiencing an intense schedule performing both on- and off- campus for a variety of schools, community groups, and Silicon Valley businesses. The musicians, already highly accomplished presenters and performers, are provided rare opportunities to interact with the audiences to develop both their skills as performers and as community builders.
Photo: Matt Dine