Author Archives: Pacifica Quartet

A Conversation with Marc-André Hamelin

Over the past two years, we have had the great privilege of recording and touring Leo Ornstein’s Piano Quintet with Marc-André Hamelin. Last fall, we had a bit of downtime backstage before a performance of the Dvořák Piano Quintet in … Continue reading

Advice for Aspiring String Quartets: 10 Questions for the Pacifica Quartet

The Verona Quartet (formerly the Wasmuth Quartet), Indiana University Jacobs School of Music’s graduate string quartet, interviews us on what it takes to make it as a professional, touring string quartet. The Verona Quartet is Jonathan Ong (violin), Dorothy Ro … Continue reading

Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory

Premiering Shulamit Ran’s Newest String Quartet We couldn’t be more excited to kick off our twentieth anniversary season by premiering a new quartet by our dear friend and colleague, Shulamit Ran. Shulamit is a longtime collaborator and colleague of ours … Continue reading

Welcome!

Thank you for joining us here! We’re titling our blog “Conversations with the Pacifica Quartet” and would like to use this platform to post compelling dialogues relevant to the work we do as a touring string quartet and teachers. We … Continue reading

FAQ: Simin Ganatra

What is your secret for long-term success in a quartet? There are a lot of secrets. One of the main things is to make sure that as intense as the rehearsal process can get, our friendships aren’t affected, and those … Continue reading

FAQ: Sibbi Bernhardsson

What do you remember about your first performance with the Pacifica Quartet? My first concert with them was right before I officially joined (May 2000), in March of 2000. I remember playing the Mozart “Dissonance” Quartet (K. 465) and Schumann … Continue reading

FAQ: Masumi Per Rostad

What do you remember about your first performance with the Pacifica Quartet? Ha! My terrible review! It was at the University of Chicago and we played Schumann’s Piano Quintet. The reviewer, a student, wrote that my open ‘C’ string in … Continue reading

FAQ: Brandon Vamos

What do you remember about your first performance with the Pacifica Quartet? Wow. I think it was in a small church in Glendale, CA. We played Brahms’ A minor quartet (Op. 51 No. 2) and Haydn Op. 76 No. 1. … Continue reading