Mason Yu, violin
Erica Tursi, violin
Jinsun Hong, viola
Alex Cox, cello
The top prizewinner in the XI Premio Paolo Borciani Competition in Italy, a prizewinner of the 2016 Bordeaux International Competition in France, and the 2013 Grand Prize and Gold Medal Winner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the quartet has been praised for playing with a “sense of discovery and adventure, but also with considerable finesse.” The quartet just completed a graduate residency directed by Paul Katz at New England Conservatory and served on the faculty at the Preparatory School from 2016-2017.
Established at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2009, they have performed in several venues in Europe (Italy and France), Nord America and Canada (Pollack Hall in Montreal, Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago, Rolston Recital Hall at the Banff Centre, Sherwood Auditorium in San Diego). They have appeared on the WFMT radio network and the Aspen Public Radio. They were invited to the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, McGill International String Quartet Academy, the Ravinia Steans Institute, and the Perlman Music Program.
The quartet has performed with internationally renowned artists such as Clive Greensmith, Eugene Drucker, Cho-Liang Lin, the Assad Brothers, the Borromeo String Quartet, and collaborated with composers such as Sean Shepherd and Perry Goldstein.
Committed to community education and advocates of civic engagement, the Omer Quartet devotes time to creating original and interactive programs. They completed a fellowship with Music for Food, a musician-led initiative directed by Kim Kashkashian for local hunger relief. As fellows, they were involved in the organization’s various educational projects, including leading assemblies and masterclasses for middle and high school music students. This year, the quartet was awarded the Boston Foundation Free for All Grant to present classical music to underserved areas of Boston. This project led them to perform in venues such as homeless shelters and drug rehabilitation centers.
The Omer Quartet is currently Doctoral Fellowship Quartet at the University of Maryland.
In 2017 the quartet has been selected by Simone Gramaglia (Quartetto di Cremona) to take part in Le Dimore del Quartetto network.