After Twenty Years, Ensō String Quartet will disband?

The Ensō String Quartet will have their final concerts in the summer of 2018 as a group. The team made their announcement including their change of personnel for their final year.

Ensō String Quartet a New York-based ensemble was set to disband according to their announcement last December 2017. The disbandment will take effect after their 2017-2018 seasons.

The Ensō String Quartet was founded in 1999 at the Yale University. They have won the major prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and Banff International String Quartet Competition. They were also nominated for Grammy awards and served as resident musicians of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Rice University’s Shepherd School.

According to the group’s post on Facebook, they have not lost the love for what they do. They have not dimmed their huge respect, appreciation, and admiration to each of their colleagues in the group. They said that they could no longer continue to grow as an ensemble due to the many directions that have developed into their lives. They added that this decision was tough to reach, but ultimately all of them felt that it’s the right one.

1st violinist Yura Lee will leave immediately as what the quartet indicated. She joined the group in 2016. She will be replaced by Susie Park Australian-American violinist who will join the remaining season of the ensemble.