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Callisto Quartet


"One of my favourite things is performing a program of diverse repertoire and then hearing from audience members - especially non-musicians! - what their favourite piece was. Sometimes people really surprise you, and it's so interesting to hear and be a part of the myriad ways that different music can reach people."  Eva Kennedy, viola

Grand prize winners of the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Callisto Quartet was formed in 2016 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where they work primarily with Si-Yan Darren Li. The quartet was a prizewinner at the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. They have had the opportunity to play in coachings and master classes for Mathieu Herzog, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Elliott Antokoletz, and members of the Alban Berg, Belcea, Danish, Escher, Vermeer, and Ying Quartets.

The Callisto Quartet was selected as the CIM Apprentice Quartet for 2017, a position which includes extensive education and performance activities throughout the Cleveland community and a recital on the Cleveland Chamber Music Society’s concert series. They are also featured as ensemble in residence at the Carolina Music Museum in Greenville, SC.

In the summer of 2017 the quartet received a fellowship to study at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival with members of the Brentano, Miro, and Emerson quartets. They have also attended the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, the Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, and the McGill International String Quartet Academy. In April 2018 they attended the Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar where they were invited to study with Gerhard Schulz. Performances this past year include an appearance with David Geringas at the Cleveland Cello Society’s 20th anniversary concert and a collaboration with pianist Gilles Vonsattel at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, where they participated in the 2018 Shouse Institute.

The are looking forward to their New York debut recital on the Schneider Concert Series in December 2018.

Callisto Quartet members

Paul Daniel Aguilar - 1st Violin
Rachel Joy Stenzel - 2nd Violin
Eva Suzanne Kennedy - Viola
Hanna Louise Moses - Cello

Round One

HAYDN String Quartet in B-flat Major, op 71 no 1
BARTOK String Quartet no 6

Round Two

HARRISON Balderdash
DEBUSSY String Quartet in G minor
COLL Cantos