Dover String Quartet with David Harding

Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 7:30 pm

Pre-concert talk at 6:40 pm

Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, UVic

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Dover Quartet:

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

David Harding, viola


Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): Quartet no.1
Symon Laks (1901-1983): Quartet no.3
Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904): Quintet Op.97


In their second recital, the Dover Quartet will play Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1 and Simon Laks’ Quartet No. 3, before being joined by David Harding, viola, for Dvorak’s Viola Quintet, Op. 97.

They’re back for two blockbuster concerts this 2017 season!

After all four of their VSMF concerts of 2014 and 2015 sold out, we brought the Dover String Quartet (Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violins, Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola, and Camden Shaw, cello) back as soon as we could.  And their 2015 collaboration with violist David Harding was so mutually satisfying, that he’s back to play with them again this summer!

The festival was delighted to present the Victoria debut of the Dover Quartet almost immediately after their stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, becoming one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The New Yorker recently dubbed them “the young American string quartet of the moment,” and The Strad raved that the Quartet is “already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretive maturity, tonal refinement and taut ensemble.” In 2013-14, the Quartet became the first ever Quartet-in-Residence for the venerated Curtis Institute of Music

Violist David Harding has an extensive solo and chamber music career, having performed throughout Europe, the United States, Canada and Central America, in such venues as the Berlin Philharmonie, Concertgebouw, and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. David is a member of Trio Verlaine and the American String Project, and the Glass Chamber Players. As a devoted and sought-after teacher, David is currently Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

David plays a viola made by Pietro Antonio della Costa, Tresviso Italy, circa 1750.