American string quartet, formed in 1994, known for virtuosity and daring repertory choices, winner of 2006 Avery Fisher Career Grant among others.
Pacifica Quartet
with Roger Tapping
Mar. 4, 2012

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

with Roger Tapping, viola

Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often daring repertory choices, the Pacifica Quartet, formed in 1994, quickly won chamber music’s top competitions, including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award (1998), the Cleveland Quartet Award (2002), the Avery Fisher Career Grant (2006), Ensemble of the Year and the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance, both in 2009. Recently appointed Quartet-in-Residence at New York’s Metropolitan Museum, it tours extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. An ardent advocate of contemporary music, it commissions and performs many new works each year. Its CD of Elliott Carter’s string quartets Nos. 1 and 5 won a Grammy Award in 2008. Based in Champagne-Urbana, Illinois, its members are on the Faculty of the University of Illinois.

Violist Roger Tapping, formerly of the Takács Quartet, now performs as a recitalist and chamber musician in the U.S. and Europe, and appears at top festivals as well as teaching at several faculties, among others. the New England Conservatory.

LMMC debut.


MOZART                    String Quintet in G minor, K. 516
                                         Menuetto: Allegretto
                                         Adagio ma non troppo

SHOSTAKOVICH      String Quartet No. 9, Opus 117
                                         Moderato con moto

DVOŘÁK                    String Quintet in E flat major, Opus 97
                                         Allegro non tanto
                                         Allegro vivo