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Geoff Nuttall, Violin
Scott St. John, Violin
Lesley Robertson, Viola
Christopher Costanza, Cello
The St. Lawrence String Quartet has established itself among the world-class chamber
ensembles of its generation. Its mission is to present music to the audience in vivid
color, with pronounced communication and teamwork, and with 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.
Whether playing Haydn or premiering a new work, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has a rare
ability to bring audiences to rapt attention. The ensemble reveals surprising nuances in
familiar repertoire, and illuminates the works of some of today's most celebrated
composers-often all in the course of one evening. Composer John Adams was inspired to write
works expressly for the quartet after hearing the musicians in concert. The ensemble
premiered his String Quartet in January 2009; in 2012, it will join forces with the San
Francisco Symphony to premiere yet another work of Adams specifically written for the
In 2009, the St. Lawrence String Quartet celebrated the 20th anniversary of its founding
in Canada by commissioning five Canadian composers to write works to be performed across
the country. The ensemble has active working relationships with numerous other composers,
including R. Murray Schafer, Christos Hatzis, Ezequiel Viñao, Jonathan Berger, Chan Ka Nin,
Roberto Sierra, and Mark Applebaum.
The St. Lawrence String Quartet's 2010-2011 season includes two trips to Europe with
concerts in Germany, Belgium, Italy, Finland, and Estonia. In North America, the quartet
returns to Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, New York, and Philadelphia, in addition to
concerts in North Carolina, Georgia, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Florida, Alabama, Texas, and
Oklahoma. During the summer season, the quartet is proud to continue its long relationship
with Spoleto Festival USA in South Carolina and Bay Chamber Concerts in Maine.
Since 1998, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has held the position of Ensemble-in-Residence
at Stanford University. The residency facilitates a high level of interaction and
collaboration with students, faculty members, and other education departments; recent
collaborations have involved the School of Medicine, School of Education, and the Law
School. In addition to its appointment at Stanford University, the quartet's members are
also visiting artists at the University of Toronto. The ensemble nurtures its passion for
opening up musical arenas for musicians and audiences during its annual summer chamber
music seminar at Stanford, and through its numerous discussions and explorations into the
depths of musical meaning with preeminent music educator Robert Kapilow.