The musician has performed with the ensemble since its inception in 1994


Pacifica Quartet founding first violinist Simin Ganatra is to leave the ensemble at the close of the 2015-16 season to concentrate on her expanded role at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and on other musical projects. Ganatra has performed with the ensemble since its inception in 1994. Her replacement will be announced at a later date.

‘When I look back over the past two decades of my life, I am awed by all of the accomplishments of the Pacifica Quartet,’ she said. ‘The performances at home and in places far distant, the recordings of music both familiar and groundbreaking, the masterclasses that inspire the next generation of players - it is truly breathtaking. The decision to leave was not an easy one, but after 22 years with the ensemble I feel ready to explore other musical opportunities. I will excitedly watch as my colleagues continue to grow artistically and further develop this remarkable ensemble into the quartet of the future.’

Photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco