2014 John Lad Prize awarded to Trio Cleonice

The St. Lawrence String Quartet has awarded the  2014 John Lad Prize to the Boston-based Trio Cleonice.

Presented in collaboration with Stanford University’s Stanford Live and Vancouver’s Music on Main, the John Lad Prize includes invitations from both organizations to appear on their respective concert series during the 2015-16 season. Upon learning the news, cellist Gwen Krosnick wrote, “Receiving the John Lad Prize is an incredible honor for Trio Cleonice, and it is especially touching coming from the amazing St. Lawrence String Quartet, whom we love and admire so much. We are deeply grateful, and also very excited to return to the west coast and play for the wonderful community at Stanford again.”

Now in its fourth year of honoring emerging chamber ensembles, the Lad prize is named after the St. Lawrence String Quartet’s dear friend John Lad (Stanford ’74), a violist and ardent chamber music lover who passed away in 2007. He was a decades-long practitioner of Tai Chi and a regular lecturer in Philosophy. At the time of his death, Lad was teaching Tai Chi in the physical education department at Columbia/Barnard University.

Previous winners include the Arneis Quartet (2011), the Aeolus Quartet (2012), and the Cecilia String Quartet (2013).