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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.
Jörg Widmann: Quartet No. 3
Simin Ganatra, violin