The Calidore String Quartet, which appeared at the Palladium in April and includes St. Petersburg native Ryan Meehan, has won the grand prize in a new music competition, the University of Michigan announced.
The $100,000 M-Prize Chamber Music Competition drew 172 applications from 13 countries in Ann Arbor, Mich. Announced last October to recognize the best chamber music ensembles, the M-Prize is among the largest in the world in prize money and number of applications, the university said in a statement.
Meehan, a violinist, grew up in St. Petersburg's Allendale neighborhood, the son of lawyers Cindi Samaha and Patrick Meehan. He moved to Chicago during high school to study with the famed husband-and-wife team of Almita and Roland Vamos. "That changed everything," Ryan told the Tampa Bay Times in 2013. "This was violin all day, every day."
In January, the Calidore String Quartet won a fellowship with the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and was appointed to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two for the 2016-2019 seasons. Its members are Meehan and Jeffrey Myers on violin, Jeremy Berry on viola and Estelle Choi on cello.
Andrew Meacham, Times performing arts critic