St. Lawrence Quartet
Date: Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 3:00 PM
Location: Independence Seaport Museum
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Haydn: Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 20, No. 1
Bartók: Quartet No. 4
Verdi: Quartet in E Minor
The St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ) has established itself among the world-class chamber ensembles of its generation. Its mission: bring every piece of music to the audience in vivid color, with pronounced communication and teamwork, and great respect to the composer. Since winning both the Banff International String Quartet Competition and Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1992, the quartet has delighted audiences with its spontaneous, passionate, and dynamic performances. Alex Ross of The New Yorker writes, "The St. Lawrence are remarkable not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection." The SLSQ's recordings have been honored with the coveted German critics award, Canada’s Juno Award (for their release of Schumann’s 1st and 3rd quartets), and two Grammy nominations (for their landmark Yiddishbbuk CD). Since 1998 the members of the St. Lawrence have been Ensemble in Residence at Stanford University. Violist Lesley Robertson is a founding member of the group, and hails from Edmonton Alberta. Cellist Christopher Costanza is from Utica, New York and joined the quartet in 2003. Violinists Geoff Nuttall and Scott St. John both grew up in London Ontario; Geoff is a founding member and Scott joined in 2006. Depending on concert repertoire, the two alternate the role of first violin. All four members of the quartet live and teach at Stanford, in the Bay Area of California. For more information on the St. Lawrence Quartet, visit www.slsq.com.