The Pacifica Quartet shines in its return to Hyde Park

Hyde Park Herald

Founded in 1994, the Pacifica Quartet is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. For many of those years — 17 to be exact — they were ensemble-in-residence at the University of Chicago and gave multiple Hyde Park concerts a year.

They started out at the university with a one-year residency. Their success and popularity led to several renewals, and they eventually became the first-ever Don Michael Randel Ensemble in Residence, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and named after Don Randel, the musicologist and former president of the University of Chicago.

They marked the end of their 17 years at the university in April of 2016 with a sold-out concert at the Logan Center. They returned to the University of Chicago’s Mandel Hall on Friday night, under the auspices of University of Chicago Presents, to a crowd which included a large number of people who have become dedicated fans over the years.

Friday night was the first chance for Hyde Parkers to see the Pacifica Quartet since their last personnel change. From approximately 2001 to 2018 they had the same line-up of four players, but in the spring of 2018 violinist Sibbi Bernhardsson accepted a teaching position at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and violist Masumi Per Rostad took a similar position at the Eastman School of Music.

Read the full review on the Chicago Classical Review website.