Described as “top-notch, intense, stylish, and with an abundance of flare and talent,” the New York City-based Solera Quartet is the Quartet in Residence at the University of Notre Dame. Members Miki-Sophia Cloud and Tricia Park, violins; Molly Carr, viola; and Andrew Janss, cello, have been featured in such world-renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, the Royal Festival Hall in London, Orchard Hall in Tokyo, The Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center. They have also participated in prestigious festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Perlman Music Program, La Jolla Summerfest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and Music from Angelfire. Noteworthy accomplishments by members of the quartet include an Avery Fisher Career grant, a Grammy Award nomination, top prizes at international competitions, and a CMS2 artist roster appointment at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Members are graduates of the Juilliard School, Harvard College, New England Conservatory, and the Manhattan and Yale Schools of Music.
The quartet's exciting 2016-2017 season included its first West Coast tour, residencies at the University of Notre Dame and New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology, and appearances on the Brooklyn Public Library and Pasadena Conservatory Chamber Music Series. Recent summer engagements have included performances at the Virginia Arts Festival, the White Mountains Chamber Music Festival, and the Perlman Music Program.
All four members of the Solera Quartet are artist-entrepreneurs in their own right, leading and curating festivals, series, and ensembles such as:
the Grammy-nominated self-conducted chamber orchestra A Far Cry
MusicIC, a festival combining music and literature presented by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature
Project Music Heals Us, a Connecticut-based non-profit organization which provides interactive classical music performances to diverse audiences by artists of the highest caliber. Under the umbrella of PMHU, the quartet has founded a Prison Outreach Residency that has brought concerts into a dozen Federal and State Prisons across the United States.
Over the next season, the Solera Quartet will release its first studio album produced by Grammy-winning producer Jesse Lewis, exploring the concept of obsession across three centuries of music. This will be shortly followed by a two-album project recording the piano and string chamber music of George Enescu with Enescu Competition Grand Prize Winner Josu de Solaun, released on the Naxos label. As part of these album releases, the quartet will be making its highly-anticipated European debut with concerts planned in Spain and Romania.
The word solera describes a craft method of producing wine and spirits, in which new and old vintages are perpetually layered in one barrel to achieve a uniquely complex and ever-evolving blend. Similarly, the Solera Quartet is founded on a deep respect for the rich string quartet tradition alongside an intrepid desire to add new layers to that tradition through developing fresh interpretations, cultivating collaboration across disciplines, and commissioning contemporary repertoire.