Le Dimore del Quartetto

ZORÁ QUARTET, UNITED STATES

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Dechopol Kowintaweewat, violin
Haruno Sato, violin
Julian Sawhill , viola
Zizai Ning, cello

The Zorá Quartet, named “The future of chamber music” by the Oregon ArtsWatch, leapt into national attention in 2015 when they won three major awards: the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Grand Prize and Gold Medal of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in California.

Emanating from Thailand, Japan, China and Morocco, the members of Zorá found common ground in the United States in their love for chamber music, a universal language for the four. Formed under the tutelage of the Pacifica String Quartet, the quartet has served as the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music and at Montclair State University.

Currently based in Europe, the Quartet is studying under the guidance of the many artists involved at the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMAster), taking them to esteemed institutions in Oslo, Vienna and Paris. Additionally, the quartet holds an Artist-in-Residence position at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, Belgium and is a member of the Ung Kvartettserie at the Oslo Quartet Series in Norway. The Zorá is on the roster of the Le Dimore del Quartetto network in Italy and is honored to have been named their Ensemble of the Year 2020-2021.

Praised for their “melting sound and affecting impetuosity” by the New York Times, the ensemble has participated in many prestigious festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Encounters, the Chamber Music Northwest Festival, Bravo!Vail, the Verbier Academy and the McGill International String Quartet Academy. The Quartet has previously collaborated with Peter Wiley, Roberto Diaz, Steven Tenenbom, Anne Marie McDermott, Ani and Ida Kavafian, David Shifrin and the Shanghai Quartet.

Aspiring to be educators in the arts, the Zorá Quartet has served as mentors for collegiate-level string players, and have initiated outreach projects to introduce new audiences to chamber music. The quartet has given masterclasses and served as faculty at Mozarteum University Salzburg, University of the Arts Bremen, University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign, Indiana University String Academy and the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies.

In addition to working closely with professors Johannes Meissl and Are Sandbakken, the Zorá have also had the privilege of working with great artists such as Hatto Beyerle, Patrick Jüdt, Simone Gramaglia, members of the Brentano, Casals, and Kuss Quartets.

The name “Zorá” was given by violin professor Kevork Mardirossian at Indiana University; it means “Sunrise” in Bulgarian.

Ph. Carmen Castrejon