Comprising violinists Mason Yu and Erica Tursi, violist Jinsun Hong, and cellist Alex Cox, the Omer Quartet is a leader among today’s young string quartets. Most recently first prizewinners of the Young Concert Artists Auditions, the quartet came into prominence in 2013 when it received Grand Prize and gold medal at the Fischoff National Competition. Since then, they received top prize at the XI Premio Paolo Borciani Competition in Italy, second prize at the Trondheim Competition in Norway, and special prize at the Bordeaux International Competition in France. The quartet makes its debuts next season in the Peter Jay Sharp Concert of YCA in New York at Merkin Concert Hall as well as in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center.
The quartet has performed with internationally renowned artists such as Kim Kashkashian, 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. They were invited to the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, McGill International String Quartet Academy, the Ravinia Steans Institute, and the Perlman Music Program. They have also served on the faculty of New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School. During the summer of 2018, the Omer Quartet will serve as Chamber Ensemble in Residence at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival.
Committed to community engagement, the quartet devotes time to creating original and interactive programs. They have inaugurated a Music for Food concert series with the help of grant funds from Tarisio Auction House in the metro-DC area with the mission to support local hunger relief.
Their first concert created nearly 6000 meals and involved guest violist and founder of Music for Food, Kim Kashkashian alongside other University of Maryland faculty. Previous projects funded by grants included a Boston Foundation award to sponsor performances in venues such as homeless shelters and drug rehabilitation centers in areas of Boston.
Following study at the Cleveland Institute of Music with the Cavani Quartet and Peter Salaff, the Omer Quartet completed a graduate residency at the New England Conservatory, working closely with Paul Katz, Donald Weilerstein, Kim Kashkashian, and Soovin Kim. The Quartet is now the Doctoral Fellowship String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Maryland, where it works with Katherine Murdock and David Salness.
For more information, visit Omer Quartet website at https://www.omerquartet.com/