IU Jacobs School of Music string quartets prepare for concert series


The Pacifica Quartet live in Bloomington where they serve as quartet-in-residence and full-time faculty members at the Jacobs School of Music. Courtesy Photo and Courtesy Photo

The quartet groups Pacifica Quartet and the Verona Quartet are set to be performing at the Jacobs School of Music, as a part of the music school’s Summer Music series.

The Pacifica Quartet is a Grammy Award-winning chamber ensemble that is known for its virtuosity and exuberant performance style, according to the group’s official website.

The string quartet was first formed in 1994 and is based in Bloomington. It consists of Simin Ganatra and Sibbi Bernhardsson who play the violin, Masumi Per Rostad who plays the viola and Brandon Vamos who plays the cello.

“It requires 100 percent cooperation and collaboration,” Bernhardsson said in a press release. “All four members have to become one unified body and be extremely convinced how they want things to sound while being exceptionally flexible. It’s a very delicate process and very valuable not only on a musical level, but on a human level.”

The members of the Pacifica Quartet joined the faculty at the music school in fall 2012.

The Verona Quartet are currently the graduate string quartet-in-residence at the music school. Next fall, the group will be the graduate string quartet-in-residence at Julliard School.

The group consists of members Jonathan Ong and Dorothy Ro who play the violin, Abigail Rojansky who plays the viola and Warren Hagerty who plays the cello.

“We cannot speak highly enough of our experience at the Jacobs School of Music and the Pacifica Quartet,” Ong said in a press release. “The support we have received from the faculty has been overwhelming. I can speak for all of us when I say that being at the Jacobs School with Pacifica and working with all the faculty here has been a transformative experience.”

The quartet has received numerous achievements and awards, such as winning the first prize at the Kuttner String Quartet Competition at the Jacobs School of Music. They also won the silver medal in the senior division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

The Verona Quartet is set to perform at 8 p.m. on June 23 in Auer Hall.

The Pacifica Quartet will be performing at 8 p.m. on July 13.

The concerts will also be broadcast live on WFIU Public Radio.

Tickets for the Summer Music series are available to purchase at the Musical Arts Center box office and online.

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