Pacifica Quartet

Pacifica Quartet

Friday, October 9, 2015 . 8PM
Pacifica Quartet photo by Saverio Truglia
Principal People: 

Violin Simin Ganatra

Violin Sibbi Bernhardsson

Viola Masumi Per Rostad

Cello Brandon Vamos

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Estimated Length: 
1 hour and 30 minutes including intermission
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Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-daring repertory choices, the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature over the past two decades as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today.

The Pacifica tours extensively, performing 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 (2009–2012) – a position that has otherwise been held only by the Guarneri String Quartet – and received the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance.

UMD School of Music students will join the Pacifica on stage for Golijov's Last Round.


  • György Ligeti: Quartet No. 1, "Métamorphoses Nocturnes"
  • Osvaldo Golijov: Last Round*
  • Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op.44, No. 2.

Engagement events

Engagement at The Clarice is characterized by facilitated audience interactions with artists, scholars and community leaders that are focused on process and research rather than product and performance

  • The Pacifica Quartet performed for and answered questions from Prof. David Salness’ chamber music class.
  • The Quartet rehearsed with students from the String Division of the School of Music several times before this evening’s shared performance of Golijov’s Last Round, including a dress rehearsal that was observed by prospective School of Music students.

Funded in part by a generous gift from Dick and Sarah Bourne in honor of Edward Lewis.

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Video of Pacifica Quartet performing at NPR Music