THE SCOOP | St. Lawrence String Quartet To Disband After 34 Seasons


The St. Lawrence String Quartet (Photo courtesy of the artists)
The St. Lawrence String Quartet (Picture courtesy of the artists)

The St. Lawrence String Quartet has introduced that the 2023/24 season, their thirty fourth, shall be their final. The information comes after a 12 months the quartet spent on hiatus following the dying of founding violinist Geoff Nuttall.

Remaining members Lesley Robertson, Christopher Costanza and Owen Dalby will proceed to make their musical dwelling at Stanford College, the place the SLSQ has served as quartet-in-residence since 1998. They may proceed to carry out and educate, in addition to direct the college’s chamber music program, and different actions.

The St. Lawrence Quartet

The SLSQ was based at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music in 1989, with members Geoff Nutall, together with violinist Barry Shiffman, violist Lesley Robertson, and cellist Marina Hoover. In 1992, they received first prize on the Banff Worldwide String Quartet Competitors. They adopted up with a number of different prizes and awards, together with a JUNO.

Whereas personnel modifications could have been made, their popularity for innovation and dynamic interpretation solely continued to develop. Together with their residency at Stanford, the quartet has held residencies on the Juilliard College, Yale College, and the College of Toronto.

Amongst their notable specialties was a dedication to new music, in addition to a particular relationship with the music of Haydn. In truth, a latest live performance featured the six quartets of Opus 20 carried out over a single afternoon.

In a 2017 overview, John Terauds writes, “One of many hallmarks of the Canadian-born, Stanford College-based St Lawrence String Quartet is that they all the time method their interpretations with ardour. It has made for a lot of electrical stay performances and recordings over their now-27-year profession.”

The SLSQ leaves a legacy of recordings, together with a number of award-winning albums: Schumann String Quartets, Tchaikovsky String Quartets, “Yiddishbbuk” by Osvaldo Golijov (on EMI), and Haydn Op. 76 and Korngold’s Piano Quintet (on Phenotypic Recordings), amongst others.

In an announcement, Lesley Robertson, Christopher Costanza and Owen Dalby remarked, “We have now had the journey of our lives. We will’t think about a extra gratifying, difficult, inspiring, exasperating, deeply joyful, heartbreaking, life-affirming expertise than this joint effort over so a few years. We’re profoundly grateful to have had the chance to discover the magic kingdom of the string quartet repertoire collectively – and for the deep friendships, stunning discoveries and transformative life classes discovered alongside the best way”.

We want the trio all one of the best of their future endeavours.

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