Dechopol Kowintaweewat, violin
Haruno Sato, violin
Julian Sawhill , viola
Zizai Ning, cello
The Zorá Quartet, named “The future of chamber music” by the «Oregon ArtsWatch», leapt into national attention in 2015 when they won three major awards: the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Grand Prize and Gold Medal of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in California.
Emanating from Thailand, Japan, China and Morocco/USA, the members of Zorá found common ground in the United States in their love for chamber music, a universal language for the four. Formed under the tutelage of the Pacifica String Quartet, The Quartet has served as the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Jacobs School of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music and Montclair State University. Engrained in North America for some time, the ensemble is eager to immerse itself in the European tradition of chamber music in the 2021/2022 season and beyond.
In Fall 2021, the quartet will partake in the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMASTER) program with semesters in Oslo, Vienna, and Paris. Additionally, the Zorá is very honored to have been selected as Artists-in-Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, Belgium, as well as members of the esteemed Le Dimore del Quartetto network in Italy.
Praised for their “melting sound and affecting impetuosity” by the New York Times, the Ensemble was selected to participate in many prestigious festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Encounters, the Chamber Music Northwest Festival, Bravo! Vail, the Verbier Academy and the McGill International String Quartet Academy.
Aspiring to educate individual students, Zorá Quartet had served as mentors for collegiate-level string players, and initiate outreach projects to introduce new audiences to chamber music. The Quartet has given masterclasses at Mozarteum University Salzburg, University of the Arts Bremen, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and outreach performances across the United States. It also has served as faculty at the Indiana University String Academy and the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies.
The Quartet’s mentors include Pam Frank, Andras Schiff, Annie Fullard and Roger Tapping, the Shanghai Quartet and members of the Brentano Quartet.
The name “Zorá” was chosen by violin professor Kevork Mardirossian at Indiana University; it means “Sunrise” in Bulgarian.