The Dover Quartet


The Dover Quartet

Joel Link, violin
Bryan Lee, violin
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
Camden Shaw, cello


The Dover Quartet’s rise from up-and-coming young ensemble to occupying a spot at the top of their field has been “practically meteoric” (Strings). Catapulted to prominence after sweeping the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the group has become a major presence on the international scene. With its burnished warmth, incisive rhythms, and natural phrasing, the Quartet’s distinctive sound has helped confirm its status as “the young American string quartet of the moment” (New Yorker).

In the 2016-17 season the Dover Quartet will release its all-Mozart debut recording, undertake complete Beethoven quartet cycles for the first time, and perform over 100 concerts around the world. During the 2015-16 season, the Dover Quartet performed more than 120 dates around the world, including debuts at Carnegie Hall, Yale University, the Lucerne Festival, and as part of the Lincoln Center “Great Performers” series.

Hailed as “the next Guarneri Quartet” (Chicago Tribune), the Dover Quartet draws from the lineage of that distinguished ensemble, as well that of the Cleveland and Vermeer Quartets; its members studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where they were mentored extensively by Shmuel Ashkenasi, James Dunham, Norman Fischer, Kenneth Goldsmith, Joseph Silverstein, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, and Peter Wiley. It was at Curtis that the Quartet first formed, and its name pays tribute to Dover Beach by fellow Curtis alumnus Samuel Barber. The group has since returned for residencies: to Rice in 2011-13, and to Curtis, where it became the conservatory’s first Quartet-in-Residence, in 2013-14.

Made possible in part by the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation

2016-17 Performances

October 18, 2016
January 15, 2017
May 23, 2017


Dover Quartet opens second season as quartet-in-residence (10/20/16)
Award-Winning Dover Quartet to Bring Mozart Alive (9/26/16)
Dover Quartet completes first residency year at Bienen School (8/11/16)
The Dover Quartet presents first concert in Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall (10/8/15)
NU's new Galvin Hall, Dover Quartet work splendidly in concert (Chicago Tribune, 10/8/15)
Dover Quartet Begins Three-Year Bienen School Residency (Northwestern News, 9/30/15)
Dover Quartet prepares to join Bienen in the fall (The Daily Northwestern, 4/22/15)