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Rolston String Quartet

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Rolston String Quartet
Luri Lee, violin
Emily Kruspe, violin
Hezekiah Leung, viola
Joshua Halpern, cello

Presented in partnership with KMFA-FM

This performance is made possible in part by Chamber Music America and The Cleveland Quartet Award.

Winner of the Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2018–19 and 2019–20 seasons and the 2016 First Prize winner of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition, Rolston String Quartet was named among the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s 2016 “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30.” In 2017, Rolston String Quartet began a two-year term as the Yale School of Music's fellowship quartet-in-residence and have also served as the graduate quartet-in-residence at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.


Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

String Quartet No. 2 in a minor, Op. 13, Ist es wahr? (Is it true?)

I. Adagio - Allegro Vivace

II. Adagio non lento

III. Intermezzo. Allegretto con moto - Allegro di molto

IV. Presto - Adagio non lento

Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942)

Five Pieces (5 Stücke) for String Quartet

I. Alla Valse Viennese. Allegro

II. Alla Serenata. Allegretto con moto

III. Alla Czeca. Molto Allegro IV. Alla Tango. Andante

V. Alla Tarantella. Prestissimo con fuoco


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

String Quartet No. 13 in B flat Major, Op. 130/133

I. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro

II. Presto

III. Andante con moto, ma non troppo

IV. Alla danza tedesca. Allegro Assai

V. Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo

VI. Große Fuge

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A maturity and cohesion rivaling the best string quartets in the world.

Musical Toronto

Mendelssohn String Quartet Op.44, No.1 I. Molto allegro vivace - Rolston String Quartet from Rolston String Quartet on YouTube.

Fun Facts:

  • The Rolston String Quartet was the first ensemble chosen for the Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America in 2018.
  • The quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Chamber Music Residency.
  • The 2017–18 season marked the quartet’s 100-concert milestone with performances throughout Canada, United States, Germany, Brussels, Italy, and Israel.
  • They take their name from Canadian violinist Thomas Rolston, the founder and long-time director of the Music and Sound Programs at the Banff Centre.