About


The Montclaire String Quartet celebrates it's 27th season as West Virginia's premier string quartet. They are previous prizewinners of the Evian International String Quartet Competition, the Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, Chamber Music Society of the Monterey Peninsula Competition and the  Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition.

Currently the Resident String Quartet of West Virginia State University, they have previously held positions as Artists-in-Residence at the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and the West Virginia Symphony.   For many summers it was featured as Quartet-in-Residence at the New Hampshire Music Festival.

These various accomplishments have placed the Montclaire String Quartet in the heart of the Kanawha Valley community and they have been proud recipients of the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Organization given by the Fund for the Arts.

Montclaire String Quartet has always been committed to performing contemporary works for their audiences. As part of a consortium of four chamber ensembles, the Quartet was awarded a grant to commission a piece by composer Morton Subotnik that was premiered in the 1998-99 season. The Quartet was also invited to perform and subsequently record Katherine Hoover’s piano quintet, Da Pacem, which has been released on the Koch Classics label. This led to a second successful recital on the Terrace Theater Series at Washington’s Kennedy Center.  The quartet gave the world premiere of West Virginia composer David Williams’s String Quartet No. 1, as well as a presentation of “Black Angels” by West Virginia composer George Crumb. In 2014 the Montclaire String Quartet gave premieres of two string quartets; String Quartet No. 3 by Dr. John Beall, Professor of Composition and Composer-in-Residence at West Virginia University, and “Octagons: for Clarinet and Strings” by Grant Cooper, conductor/ music director of the West Virginia Symphony.

The 2016-17 season Montclaire will be performing the World Premiere of a string quartet composed specifically for them by Charleston, West Virginia composer Matt Jackfert of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

In the 2008-2009 season the quartet, in conjunction with the West Virginia Symphony, was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Grant to present works by American composers. This led to a series of highly successful state-wide programs featuring the works of Darol Anger among others.

Current members are Cristian Fatu, Jennifer Wood, violins; 
Bernard Di Gregorio, viola & Andrea Di Gregorio, cello.