The ensemble will perform at locations across the US as part of their prize


Photo Kaupo Kikkas

US ensemble the Verona Quartet is the recipient of the Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2020–21 and 2021–22 seasons. The biennial prize, the initiative of the Cleveland Quartet and Chamber Music America (CMA), provides promising young string quartets with concert appearances on chamber music series’ throughout the US. 

Formed at Indiana University, the quartet — Jonathan Ong and Dorothy Ro (violins), Abigail Rojansky (viola) and Jonathan Dormand (cello) — currently serve as the inaugural quartet-in-residence with North Carolina’s Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, and are quartet-in-residence for the Indiana University Summer String Academy and New England Conservatory Preparatory School. 

The group has previously won prizes at the Wigmore Hall, Melbourne, Osaka, and M-Prize competitions, and received the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition. As recipients of the Cleveland award they will be presented by, among other concert venues, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Carnegie Hall, Chamber Music Society of Detroit, and the University of Texas at Austin. 

The Cleveland Quartet Award was launched in 1995 by the Cleveland Quartet and CMA, a US organisation that supports and promotes professional chamber ensembles. Nominations for the award are submitted confidentially to CMA by a national roster of chamber musicians, presenters and educators. Previous recipients of the award are the Brentano, Borromeo, Miami, Pacifica, Miró, Jupiter, Parker, Jasper, Ariel, Dover and Rolston quartets.