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Quartet in the Community: Melba and Orville Rollefson Residency

The Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) is pleased to to welcome the Thalia String Quartet from Cleveland, Ohio for the program Quartet in the Community: Melba and Orville Rollefson Residency.


Solomon Liang, violin
Michelle Abraham, violin
Rose Hashimoto, viola
James Jaffe, cello

Founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 2012 and dedicated to the art of live performance, the Thalia String Quartet (Solomon Liang and Michelle Abraham, violins; Rose Hashimoto, viola; James Jaffe, cello) has earned accolades from audiences for its vibrant and unified style. Since its inception, the quartet has studied under Cleveland's most distinguished chamber musicians; including Peter Salaff, Stephen Rose, and members of the Cavani Quartet. Recent concert engagements include a debut performance for Musical Upcoming Stars in the Classics and a recital to benefit the renowned Wooster Chamber Music Series. For its inaugural summer season, the Thalia Quartet was selected to participate in The Banff Centre's Residency for Pre-Formed Ensembles and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, studying with members of the Emerson, Brentano, Keller, and Artis Quartets in addition to founding members of the Tokyo, Cleveland, and St. Lawrence Quartets. As an ensemble committed to the art of community engagement, the Thalia Quartet has presented outreach programs across Cleveland, and earned the honour of returning to Banff as the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition's Quartet in the Community.

The program Quartet in the Community: Melba and Orville Rollefson Residency takes place during the 2013 BISQC.

This unique and visionary residency has 3 main goals:

  1. to give the selected quartet professional development through coaching sessions with celebrated chamber musicians
  2. to give the selected quartet professional experience in community outreach performances
  3. to give the selected quartet exposure to a world-class standard of chamber music, and artistic inspiration through attendance at all competition events, including performances and lectures

The idea for the Quartet in the Community: Melba and Orville Rollefson Residency is to take chamber music out of the concert hall and introduce it to new audiences in unexpected locations. Residents of all ages and visitors to Banff will come across the quartet in mid-concert on top of a mountain, on a boat tour, at a train station or while going about their daily business.

The quartet will also have the opportunity to work with the leading chamber musicians of our time such as members of BISQC jury and special guests including Denis Brott, Rob Kapilow, the Cecilia and Afiara string quartets (BISQC 2010 first and second place winners respectively).

All expenses for this residency will be fully covered including airfare, program fee, shared accommodation, meals, and tickets to BISQC performances. In addition, each member will receive a performance stipend for the community concert and events that will be part of their schedule

The Banff Centre and the Banff International String Quartet Competition thank Susan and Robert Larson for their generous support for the Melba and Orville Rollefson Residency.

Details about the application can be found here