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"Known principally for dispatching Elliott Carter’s knotty quartets in a single concert, the Pacifica Quartet of Illinois have many other claims to distinction. They play with clarity, perfect togetherness and the finest of tuning."

- The London Times


Over the past two decades the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. The Pacifica tours extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia in the world’s major concert halls. Named the quartet-in-residence at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music in March 2012, the Pacifica was also the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2009 – 2012 (a position that had previously been held only by the Guarneri String Quartet) and it received the 2009 Grammy  Award for Best Chamber Music Performance.  Highlights of the 2015-16 season include a performance at New York’s 92nd Street Y, the beginning of a two-season residency at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, a residency for the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music in Tucson, and return visits to the major series in New Orleans, San Francisco, and Portland.

An ardent advocate of 20th- and 21st- century music, the Pacifica Quartet commissions and performs many new works.  Its recordings of Dimitri Shostakovich’s complete string quartets on the Cedille label have been released to international acclaim, with The New York Times citing the Quartet’s “electrifying interpretations,” and the UK’s Financial Times characterizing the project as “an enthralling series” played with “lucidity, intensity and consistency.”




Jörg Widmann: Quartet No. 3
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 3

Simin Ganatra, violin
Sibbi Bernhardsson, violin
Masumi Per Rostad, viola
Brandon Vamos, cello



Schaver Music Recital Hall
Old Main, Wayne State University
480 W. Hancock Street
Detroit, MI 48201



Midtown Series



The Pacifica Quartet’s performance is supported in part by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Crane Group.