We are pleased to announce that the Verona Quartet (formerly known as the Wasmuth Quartet), IU Jacobs School of Music’s Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence, has won Second Prize and the ProQuartet-CEMC Prize at the 2015 Wigmore Hall (formerly the London) International String Quartet Competition.
Hailed by critics as “thoughtful, impressive musicians” (Cleveland Classical), the Verona Quartet has won numerous accolades and awards, and is quickly establishing themselves as one of the exciting young quartets on the music scene today. Within months of their formation, they received 1st prize at the Kuttner String Quartet Competition and won the Silver Medal in the senior division of the 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. They went on to win the Grand Prize at the 2014 Coleman Chamber Music Competition and the First Place and Audience Choice Award at the 2014 Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition. In May 2014, the Verona Quartet won the Bronze Medal at the 8th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Osaka, Japan, where critics lauded their “sensational, powerhouse performance” (Classical Voice America).
The Quartet has been visiting artists at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Indiana University String Academy as well as the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany. Recent appearances include the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on National Public Radio, “The Weekly Special” on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the Candlelight Concert Society in Baltimore, MD, and the “Music in the Loft” concert series in Chicago’s historic Fine Arts Building. The upcoming season includes artist residencies at the Abu Dhabi Chamber Music Festival, Music in the Vineyards in Napa Valley, California, as well as concerts in New York, Washington, D.C., Ohio, Illinois and Indiana.
In addition to their performance commitments, the Verona Quartet members are strong proponents of community engagement and education. They have an ongoing residency in the city of Danville, Illinois, where they have developed a concert series and work with developing young musicians on performance and practice skills. Since their residency commenced, many Danville schools have seen their music class enrollment increase in size to almost double the average in the State of Illinois.
The Verona Quartet is currently the Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where they are mentored by the Pacifica Quartet, as well as Alexander Kerr, Atar Arad and Eric Kim. The Quartet has also worked with Peter Salaff, Jerry Horner, Jorja Fleezanis, Paul Kantor and members of the Brentano, Cleveland, Cavani, American, Tokyo and London Haydn Quartets.