The Verona Quartet and have been selected to receive the Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2020–21 and 2021–22 seasons. Established in 1995, the biennial award honors and promotes a rising young string quartet whose artistry demonstrates that it is in the process of establishing a major career.
The Verona Quartet—Jonathan Ong and Dorothy Ro (violins), Abigail Rojansky (viola) and Jonathan Dormand (cello)—graduated from NEC's Professional String Quartet Program in spring of 2019. The program is directed by Paul Katz. The Quartet continues to work with NEC's Preparatory School as Quartet-in-Residence.
Prior winners of the Cleveland Quartet Award include the Jupiter, Parker, and Ariel Quartets, all fellow alumni of the NEC Professional String Quartet Program, as well as NEC's faculty quartet-in-residence, the Borromeo String Quartet.