Curtis on Tour Broadcast: Dover Quartet with Brook Speltz

Presented by Chamber Music Monterey Bay

The Dover Quartet is joined by guest cellist Brook Speltz for a concert broadcast on Saturday, November 7. This exciting program is centered on Schubert’s beloved String Quintet in C major, D. 956—often termed the “Cello Quintet” for its use of a second cello. Also on the program is a newly commissioned work by Curtis composition faculty member Richard Danielpour. 

Noted musicologist Kai Christiansen presents each piece before it is performed and conducts an interview with Mr. Danielpour about his new work for string quintet. 



String Quintet (“A Shattered Vessel”)


Quintet in C major, D. 956



Hailed as “the next Guarneri Quartet” (Chicago Tribune), the Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom in 2013, following a stunning sweep of all prizes at the Banff Competition and has since become one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. In addition to its faculty role as the inaugural Penelope P. Watkins Ensemble in Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Dover Quartet holds residencies with the Kennedy Center, Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, Artosphere, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, and Peoples’ Symphony Concerts in New York. Among the group’s honors are the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award, and Lincoln Center’s Hunt Family Award. Equally comfortable with repertoire from a range of eras, the quartet has worked with some of the world’s foremost living composers, including Caroline Shaw and Mason Bates.

The quartet’s recent collaborators include Emanuel Ax, Inon Barnaton, Ray Chen, Edgar Meyer, Anthony McGill, the Escher Quartet, and Roomful of Teeth. In addition to two previous albums for the label, the Dover Quartet is recording the complete Beethoven string quartet cycle for Cedille Records, with the first volume set for release in September 2020. The Dover Quartet was formed in 2008 at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Brook Speltz is the cellist of the internationally renowned Escher String Quartet—Quartet in Residence at Southern Methodist University in Dallas—and an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Mr. Speltz has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and recitalist throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. First-prize winner of the prestigious Ima Hogg Competition, he has performed as a soloist with the Houston Symphony, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and International Contemporary Ensemble, among others; and is a regular performer with England’s IMS Prussia Cove, Musicians from Marlboro, and cello rock band Break of Reality. Mr. Speltz has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman and Richard Goode in chamber music recitals and tours throughout the country. He was nominated for the inaugural Warner Music Prize, presented by Warner Music and Carnegie Hall.

Mr. Speltz studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Peter Wiley and at the Juilliard School with Joel Krosnick. Previous teachers include Eleanor Schoenfeld in Los Angeles. He performs on a 1756 J.C. Gigli on loan from his father.