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Castalian String Quartet to Play Free Concert at the MAC April 12

March 22, 2019

Performance Supported by the Sunderman Family Fund

Middlebury, VT—Recent winners of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award, Lyon International Chamber Music Competition, Young Classical Artists Trust, and more, the Castalian String Quartet is rapidly emerging as an exciting voice in the international chamber music scene. Middlebury College presents the quartet in a free concert on Friday, April 12 at the Mahaney Arts Center, with a program including Haydn’s Op. 76 No. 2, Britten’s second quartet, and Schubert’s Rosamunde.

The free admission is thanks to generous support from the Sunderman Family Concert Endowment Fund, in memory of Dr. F. William Sunderman Jr. and Dr. Carolyn Reynolds Sunderman. No tickets are required. Audience members are encouraged to arrive early for best seating.

Performing Arts Series director Allison Coyne Carroll first saw the Castalian Quartet perform at the Banff International String Quartet Competition. “I recall how mesmerized and moved I was by their performance, and the thunderous standing ovation they received before their final chord had a chance to even ring in the hall. I’m so thrilled to introduce this exceptional young ensemble for their U.S. northeast debut.”


About the Castalian Quartet

Formed in 2011, the Castalian Quartet is led by Finnish violinist Sini Simonen, and includes Welsh violinist Daniel Roberts, French violist Charlotte Bonneton, and British cellist Christopher Graves.

In 2018 the Castalian Quartet received the prestigious inaugural Merito String Quartet Award and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award. Previous awards include third Prize at the 2016 Banff International Quartet Competition and first Prize at the 2015 Lyon International Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust in 2016.

The quartet performs in many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including London’s Wigmore Hall, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Switzerland’s Neuchatel Chamber Music Festival, and Canada’s Banff International Festival. The Quartet also performs widely throughout Europe, and has undertaken tours of China and Colombia.

This season, the Quartet makes their U.S. debut tour. In addition to concerts at Middlebury and at New York’s Lincoln Center, they will also perform at the Salle Bourgie in Montreal, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Theatre d’Orleons, Louvre in Paris, and Flagey in Brussels.


“Abundant mega-talent in works great and small...confirmation that the young Castalian Quartet is the new force to be reckoned with on the scene.”—The Arts Desk/East Neuk Festival


They made the music sound natural as it was written, communicating a storyline with elegant facility and compelling beauty...—Calgary Herald


Performance Details

The Castalian String Quartet will perform on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7:30 P.M. at the Mahaney Arts Center’s Robison Hall on the campus of Middlebury College. Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin will offer a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 P.M. Admission is free; no tickets are required. The Mahaney Arts Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 South/S. Main Street. Parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Arts Center parking lot. Admission is free; no tickets are required.





Image Caption: The Castalian String Quartet will perform a free concert at the Mahaney Arts Center on Friday, April 12 at 7:30 PM. Photo Kaupo Kikkas.

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Middlebury College
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