The Dover Quartet shot to fame in 2013 after sweeping the Banff International String Quartet Competition, a kind of Olympics for string quartets. Trained at the Curtis Institute and mentored by members of the great Guarneri Quartet, the Dover continued its rise by winning the Cleveland Quartet Award. The four musicians -- violinists Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt and cellist Camden Shaw -- are now in international demand. The New Yorker called them "the young American string quartet of the moment."
It is a feather in our cap that the Dover musicians are no strangers to Buffalo. Last spring, they performed on UB's acclaimed Slee Beethoven Quartet Cycle. And in another Buffalo coup, they will be performing Dec. 12 for the 94th season of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society.
The program begins with Four Miniatures for String Quartet by the contemporary composer Richard Danielpour. It continues with the Quartet No. 1, Op. 111, by Peter Tchaikovsky, and comes to a vigorous finish with Bartok's Quartet No. 1, Op. 7.
Dover Quartet: 8 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. A talk with the artists is at 7:15. Tickets are $25 (at the door or at bflochambermusic.org). Students with ID are admitted free.