Fernandina Beach, FL – The acclaimed Dover Quartet, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival’s quartet-in-residence, will perform works of Mozart, Smetana and Britten at a concert on February 8 as part of the Festival’s sixteenth season. This 7:30 PM performance will be held at the Historic Nassau County Courthouse, 416 Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. Tickets for this and other upcoming concerts are available at www.aicmf.com or by calling 904-261-1779.

The Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition. Since then, The Dover has become one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. During the current season, the Dover will perform more than 120 concerts throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Middle East, including the ensemble’s debut at Carnegie Hall.

In 2013-14, the Quartet became the first ever Quartet-in-Residence for the venerated Curtis Institute of Music. The ensemble is now faculty Quartet-in-Residence at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. The New Yorker called the ensemble “the young American string quartet of the moment,” and The Strad Magazine raved that the Quartet is “already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretive maturity, tonal refinement and taut ensemble.” And at a recent performance in Chicago, a critic for the Chicago Tribune wrote, “The Dover Quartet players have it in them to become the next Guarneri String Quartet — they’re that good. Expert musicianship, razor-sharp ensemble, deep musical feeling and a palpable commitment to communication made their performances satisfying on many levels.”

The Dover was awarded the highly prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, and shortly thereafter, Lincoln Center awarded the quartet the annual Hunt Family Award, as part of the organization’s Emerging Artist Awards. In its early years, the quartet also won the grand prize at the Fischoff Competition as well as special prizes at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition.

The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival will continue on February 17 with a performance by violin virtuoso Anne Akiko Meyers, followed by Americana banjo superstars Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn on March 5. The Festival will continue through April with nine more memorable performances, four of which will be free. Complete information and tickets for all of these concerts are available at www.aicmf.com.

About the AICMF
Now in its sixteenth season, The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is nationally recognized as one of the foremost music events of its kind. The Festival is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.