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Pacifica Quartet performs first concert as Jacobs School ensemble-in-residence

October 12, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Celebrating its appointment as the first quartet-in-residence at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 50 years, the Pacifica Quartet will offer a free public performance in Auer Hall at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20.

The concert, featuring two monumental works -- the Prokofiev String Quartet No. 2 in F Major and the Beethoven Quartet, Op. 130 (including "Grosse Fugue") -- is the first of three planned by the ensemble at the Jacobs School during the 2012-13 academic year. Additional concerts are at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, and Friday, Feb. 15.

"We are thrilled to have joined the Jacobs School of Music faculty and to work with the wonderful students here," said Sibbi Bernhardsson, violinist in the quartet. "We love living in this cultivated and charming town, and we really look forward to getting to know the audience here and to explore the amazing string quartet literature together for years to come."

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The four members of the ensemble -- first violinist Simin Gantara, Bernhardsson, violist Masumi Per Rostad and cellist Brandon Vamos -- became full-time faculty members of the school this fall.

The Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today and tours extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia, performing regularly in the world's major concert halls.

Prior to its appointment as quartet-in-residence at the Jacobs School, Pacifica was the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2009 to 2012, a position previously held by the Guarneri String Quartet, and received the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance.

The quartet was on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana from 2003 to 2012. Pacifica continues to serve as resident performing artist at the University of Chicago.