Calvin Wiersma, violinist, has appeared throughout the world as a soloist and chamber musician. He was a founding member of the Meliora Quartet, winner of the Naumberg, Fischoff, Coleman, and Cleveland Quartet competitions. Mr. Wiersma was also a founding member of the Figaro Trio and is currently a member of the Manhattan String Quartet.
In addition to his worldwide touring with the Quartet and Trio, Mr. Wiersma has been heard at numerous summer Chamber Music Festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and the Vancouver, Rockport, Bard, Portland, Crested Butte, North Country, Central Vermont,New Hope, Interlochen, Prairie School, An Appalachian Summer, Cape May, and Music Mountain Festivals to name but a few. Former member of New York Philomusica, and frequent performer with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, he has also performed with the Da Camera Society of Houston, the Sea Cliff Chamber Players, The Festival Chamber Music Society, The Chamber Music Society of New Hope, the Carnegie Chamber Players, and Close Encounters with Music.
A noted performer of contemporary music, Mr. Wiersma is a member of Cygnus, the Lochrian Chamber Ensemble and the Ensemble Sospeso, and has appeared with Speculum Musicae, Ensemble 21, Parnassus, and the New York New Music Ensemble.
An active teacher as well as performer, Mr. Wiersma is an Assistant Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the Ithaca College School of Music, and has has been on the faculty of the Purcahse Conservatory of Music, the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, Sarah Lawrence College, Florida State University, Brandeis University, the New England Conservatory, and the Longy School of Music.
Mr. Wiersma has conducted clinics and master classes throughout the world, and has been an artist in residence at numerous institutions, including Middlebury College, Colgate University, the California Summer Arts Program, the Smolny Institute in Moscow, Russia, and the Institute for Chamber Music in Khiryat Shemona, Israel.