Inspired by the innovative American artist Alexander Calder, the Calder Quartet continues to expand its unique array of projects by performing traditional quartet repertoire as well as partnering with innovative modern composers, emerging musicians, and performers across genres. The group was awarded the 2009 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award in recognition of its exciting programming and collaborations.
As quartet-in-residence at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, the Calder performs twice yearly at Zipper Hall. In December of 2008, the group collaborated with Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng on the Thomas Ades quintet. Season highlights this year include a return to La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest, as well as recent performances at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Lied Center at the University of Kansas, and the Beeline Festival at MIT. Their live performance on New York's WNYC-FM in 2008 was voted one of the "Best of 2008."