The Pacifica Quartet, touring since 1994, announced its first member change in seventeen years. Violinist Austin Hartman and violist Guy Ben-Ziony will replace violinist Sibbi Bernhardsson and violist Masumi Per Rostad at the end of the 2016-17 season, respectively.
Mr. Bernhardsson, who joined the Pacifica Quartet in 2000, will leave the group to join the Oberlin Conservatory School of Music faculty. Mr. Rostad, who joined the group in 2001, will join the faculty of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester.
Founding members Brandon Vamos and Simin Ganatra jointly commented: "Over the past 17 years, the Pacifica Quartet has played nearly 1,500 concerts all over the world from the monumental cycles of Beethoven and Carter to numerous premieres. We have traveled together, laughed together, learned together. The special bond we all share has greatly influenced us as musicians, artists and human beings. Our respect and admiration for all that Sibbi and Masumi have contributed to the quartet is boundless.
As we see them off and wish them well on their next adventures, we are thrilled to welcome both Guy and Austin to the ensemble at the start of the Quartet's 23rd season. Both share a strong passion and dedication to performing at the highest level. They are the perfect fit for the ensemble as we look to the future and prepare to embark on new, exciting projects ahead."