Performance Tuesday, March 8, 2011 | 7:30 PM

St. Lawrence String Quartet

Zankel Hall
The St. Lawrence String Quartet has never strayed from its guiding motto to “play every concert like it’s your last.” It’s a take-no-prisoners attitude that has energized audiences the world over, and on this concert they perform Haydn, Schubert, and John Adams.


  • St. Lawrence String Quartet
    ·· Geoff Nuttall, Violin
    ·· Scott St. John, Violin
    ·· Lesley Robertson, Viola
    ·· Christopher Costanza, Cello


  • HAYDN String Quartet in D Major, Op. 20, No. 4
  • JOHN ADAMS String Quartet
  • SCHUBERT String Quartet in G Major, D. 887


  • St. Lawrence String Quartet

    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 group.

    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.
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Schubert String Quartet No. 15 In G Major, Op. 161, D 887 (I. Allegro Molto Moderato)
Melos Quartett
Deutsche Grammophon

This concert is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for young artists established by Mr. and Mrs. Anthony B. Evnin and the A. E. Charitable Foundation.
This performance is part of Chamber Sessions II.