Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Calidore String Quartet wins $100,000 M-Prize

2:18, 23rd May 2016

The Calidore String Quartet are the inaugural winners of the University of Michigan’s M-Prize, worth $100,000 (£70,000).

The ensemble, which comprises Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan on violin, Jeremy Berry on viola and Estelle Choi on cello, was formed in 2010 at the Colburn School of Music. It is in residence at Stony Brook University on Long Island, and will join the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two this year.

Previous competition successes include first prize at the 2011 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana; second prize at the 2012 Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition; and third prize at the 2012 ARD Competition in Munich. Earlier this year the quartet received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship worth £20,000.

The M-Prize was created by Aaron Dworkin, the new dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theater and Dance. He described the group as ‘a perfect example of the extraordinary talent that we seek to showcase with this competition.’

Other ensembles to receive awards include Yarn/Wire, which won a $20,000 first prize in the competition’s open category, and the Kenari Quartet, which won the $20,000 first prize for winds.

The new competition received 172 applications from 13 countries, of which 29 ensembles were invited to the final rounds in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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