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Rolston String Quartet Named A Winner Of
2016 Astral National Audition

September 22, 2016

rolston_formalSelected from an initial nationwide pool of several hundred applicants, and following a competitive audition and interview process, the Rolston String Quartet (Norfolk ’16) has been named one of the seven winners of the Astral National Auditions.

As a winner the quartet will receive customized career development mentorship, a full complement of marketing materials, superior performance opportunities, community engagement experience, artistic exploration, and networking with top professionals in the field.

Currently the Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, the Rolston String Quartet is the First Prize Laureate of the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Grand Prize winner of the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, and has received prizes at the M-Prize and Bordeaux international string quartet competitions. From Toronto, the quartet has been praised for its “caramel blend in tone that only makes you want to hear more.” (Calgary Herald)

Based in Philadelphia, Astral is a nonprofit, national organization that specializes in developing the early careers of extraordinary classical musicians. Astral concentrates its resources on a small number of rising-star soloists and chamber ensembles with the potential to be change-makers and influencers in classical music. Notable Astral laureates include Time for Three, Grammy Award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux, violinists Soovin Kim and Benjamin Beilman, cellist Mark Kosower, harpist Bridget Kibbey, flutist Jasmine Choi, clarinetist José Franch-Ballester, soprano Angela Meade, bass-baritone Eric Owens, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, and the Chiara and Jasper (string quartets).

Each year Astral auditions strings, small chamber ensembles, pianists, woodwinds, and voice candidates for a spot on a roster of approximately 30 musicians.