Callisto Quartet

Wednesday, January 13, 7:00 PM ET

Paul Aguilar – violin
Rachel Stenzel – violin
Eva Kennedy – viola
Hannah Moses – cello

Earl Blackburn, Kanzen Arts
, 917-702-8403


Haydn: String Quartet op. 76 no. 4 “Sunrise” mvt. 1, Allegro con spirito

Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A minor op. 13 mvt. 1, Adagio – Allegro vivace

Bartok: String Quartet no. 4 mvt. 5, Allegro molto


Praised for their “intensity and bravado” and the “cohesion and intonation one might expect from an ensemble twice their age” (Third Coast Review), the Callisto Quartet brings together four dedicated and passionate musicians who share a love for chamber music and a true desire for excellence. Since their formation in 2016 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the quartet has quickly garnered top prizes in nearly every major international chamber music competition and has been hailed by audiences across North America and Europe. Grand prize winners of the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Second Prize Winners of the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Callisto Quartet has also taken home prizes from Bordeaux (2019), Melbourne (2018), and Wigmore Hall (2018). Currently serving as the Graduate String Quartet in Residence at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, they also study with Günter Pichler of the Alban Berg Quartet at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain. Recent performances include debuts in New York City and Chicago on the Schneider Concert Series and at Ravinia Festival, respectively, as well as at the Heidelberg String Quartet Festival. They were also featured in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in July 2019 as Grand Prize winners of the 4th Manhattan International Music Competition Chamber Music Division. The Callisto Quartet believes strongly in passing along their musical insights to younger students and sharing their music in their communities. To this end they have served as faculty and given masterclasses at numerous schools and festivals including the Bravo International Chamber Music Workshop, University of Central Florida, Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, the Fine Arts Center, and the CIM Preparatory Division. They frequently are featured as ensemble in residence at the Carolina Music Museum in Greenville, SC.