Acclaimed by critics as “top-notch, intense, stylish, and with an abundance of flair and talent” the Solera Quartet (Tricia Park, Miki Sophia Cloud, violin; Andrew Janss, cello; Molly Carr, viola) has quickly gained a reputation for their fiery musical expression, poetic sensibility, entrepreneurial acumen, and exceptional dedication to social initiatives. Formed in 2015, the New York City-based Quartet is the winner of the 2017 Pro Musicis International Award. The 2018-19 season includes the Quartet’s Carnegie Hall debut as well as significant debuts in Boston and Chicago. Deeply committed to utilizing music as an agent for social change, the Solera Quartet is passionate about sharing music within the prison system. In collaboration with the non-profit organization Project: Music Heals Us, the Soleras’ Prison Residency Project brings interactive, thoughtfully-conceived chamber music concerts into incarcerated communities across the United States. In recognition of this work, the Solera Quartet is the 2018 recipient of the Guarneri String Quartet Residency, funded by the Chamber-Music America Residency Partnership Program.
The word solera describes a craft method of producing wine and spirits, in which new and old vintages are layered in one barrel to achieve a uniquely complex and ever-evolving blend. Similarly, the Solera Quartet is founded on a deep respect for the rich string quartet tradition alongside an intrepid desire to add new layers to that tradition through its fresh interpretations and innovative approach to the concert experience.