Distinctive among today’s young string quartets, the Omer Quartet won First Prize in the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and holds the Helen F. Whitaker Chamber Music Chair of YCA. It makes debuts during the 2018-2019 season in the Peter Jay Sharp Concert of YCA in New York at Merkin Concert Hall, and in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center.
The quartet came into prominence in 2013 when it received Grand Prize and gold medal at the Fischoff National Competition. It has also received Top Prize at the 2017 Premio Paolo Borciani Competition in Italy, Second Prize at the 2017 Trondheim International Competition in Norway, and Special Prize at the 2016 Bordeaux Competition in France.
The Omer Quartet’s busy summer of 2018 included serving as Chamber Ensemble in Residence at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival and performances for the Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts Series, Caroga Lake Music Festival, Honest Brook Music Festival, Tannery Pond Concerts and Kimberton Summer Arts Festival. In addition to its New York and Washington, DC debuts, upcoming concerts during the 2018-19 season include performances throughout the U.S. for the Ellingwood Concert Series, Historic Portsmouth Chamber Music Series, Berea College, Caramoor Center, St. Louis Concert Series, Port Washington Library, Brookhaven at Lexington, Fox Hill Village, Brooksby Village, Evergreen Museum and Library, Levine School of Music, Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series and the St. Lawrence Emerging String Quartet Residency. Abroad, the Quartet performs at Chamber Music Abu Dhabi.
The Quartet has performed with internationally renowned artists such as Kim Kashkashian, Ricardo Morales, Clive Greensmith, Eugene Drucker, Cho-Liang Lin, the Assad Brothers and the Borromeo String Quartet, and collaborated with composers including Sean Shepherd and Perry Goldstein. It participated in the Great Lakes Chamber Music and Yellow Barn Music Festivals, the McGill International String Quartet Academy, the Ravinia Steans Institute, and the Perlman Music Program.
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 season created over 7000 meals and involved collaborations with violist and founder of Music for Food, Kim Kashkashian and 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, the Omer Quartet completed a graduate residency at the New England Conservatory, where its members gave coachings and masterclasses and worked closely with Paul Katz, Donald Weilerstein, Kim Kashkashian, and Soovin Kim. The Quartet is currently the Doctoral Fellowship String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Maryland, where it works with Katherine Murdock and David Salness, and the 2018-19 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at New York’s Caramoor Center for Music and Arts.