St. Lawrence String Quartet

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The St. Lawrence String Quartet is a Canadian string quartet, and one of Canada's premiere chamber ensembles. It was founded in 1989 and has served residencies at the Juilliard School, Yale University, the University of Toronto, the Hartt School, and Stanford University. In 1992 they won first prize in the Fourth Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. They have also won a Juno Award and a Preis der Deutsches Schallplaten Kritik, for their EMI recording of Schumann Quartets.

The Quartet has recorded four CDs for EMI (including quartets by Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Shostakovich, and Golijov's Yiddishbuk. A new CD of Haydn is in production). Among the composers whose works the quartet will be premiering in 2008-2010 are John Adams (to be premiered January 2009), Ezequiel Viñao (to be premiered December 2009), Osvaldo Golijov (including a new string quartet in preparation), David Bruce (for clarinet and string quartet, commissioned by Carnegie Hall), and Canadian composers Derek Charke, Suzanne Hebert-Tremblay, Brian Current, Elziabeth Raum, and Marcus Goddard, each representing a different province in Canada. Other collaborations by the group with composers have included R. Murray Schafer (first performance of his String Quartet 3, in 1994, and of his "Four-Forty" in 2002), Jonathan Berger (premiere of "Miracles and Mud," 2001 and "The Bridal Canopy," 2008), Christos Hatzis ("Awakenings," May 2005), and Roberto Sierra ("Songs from the Diaspora," February 2007).

Members[edit]

  • Geoff Nuttall, first violin (a co-founder of the quartet)[1]
  • Mark Fewer, second violin (joined January 1, 2014)[2] Prior to joining the St. Lawrence, Fewer won a Juno award for the Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year
  • Lesley Robertson, viola (a co-founder of the quartet)[3]
  • Christopher Costanza, cello (joined September 2003, after founding member Marina Hoover retired from the quartet)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Violinist Geoff Nuttall makes a strong impression during his SFCM visit". Examiner.com. 22 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "BREAKING NEWS: SLSQ NAMES MARK FEWER NEW 2ND VIOLINIST!!". slsq.com. 21 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "SLSQ Biography". St. Lawrence String Quartet. Retrieved 22 November 2013.