Classical, New Music, World Music
Western Michigan University; Elmhurst College
In nearly 7 years, the Chicago-based Kontras String Quartet has played hundreds of concerts throughout North America. Praised by Gramophone for a "superb" debut album, and for their "crisp precision" (Palm Beach Daily News) and "enjoyable musical personality" (Fanfare Magazine), they have appeared regularly on radio and TV, including Performance Today, NPR, PBS, and NBC. Kontras was the recipient of a 2013 CMA Classical Commissioning Grant, and winner of a four-year full-time residency in North Carolina. Kontras is currently faculty quartet-in-residence at Western Michigan University, and is a regular collaborator with the Kruger Brothers folk trio.