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attentive...with a hint of rock 'n roll energy..." are just a few ways
critics describe the musical phenomenon that is the St Lawrence String Quartet.
The SLSQ is renowned for the intensity of its performances, its breadth of
repertoire, and its commitment to concert experiences that are at once
intellectually exciting and emotionally alive.
Highlights in 2016-2017 include performances with Gustavo Dudamel and the
LA Philharmonic and Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony in John Adams's
Absolute Jest for string quartet and orchestra, and the European premieres of
Adams's second string quartet. Fiercely committed to collaboration with living
composers, the SLSQ's fruitful partnership with Adams, Jonathan Berger, Osvaldo
Golijov and many others has yielded some of the finest additions to the quartet
literature in recent years. The Quartet is also especially dedicated to the music
of Haydn, and are recording his groundbreaking set of six Op. 20 quartets in
high-definition video for a free, universal release online in 2017. According
to The New Yorker, "...no other North American quartet plays the music of
Haydn with more intelligence, expressivity, and force..."
Established in Toronto in 1989, the SLSQ quickly earned acclaim at top
international chamber music competitions and was soon playing hundreds of
concerts per year worldwide. They established an ongoing residency at Spoleto
Festival USA, made prize-winning recordings for EMI of music by Schumann,
Tchaikovsky, and Golijov, earning two Grammy nominations and a host of other
prizes before being appointed ensemble-in-residence at Stanford University in
At Stanford, the SLSQ is at the forefront of intellectual life on campus.
The SLSQ directs the music department's chamber music program, and frequently
collaborates with other departments including the Schools of Law, Medicine,
Business and Education. The Quartet frequently performs at Stanford Live, hosts
an annual chamber music seminar, and runs the Emerging String Quartet Program
through which they mentor the next generation of young quartets. In the words
of Alex Ross of The New Yorker: "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."
Dr. James E. Clark Chamber Music Residency was established in 2014 by
Dr. Clark, whose daughter Jamie (BM ’12) was an enthusiastic participant
in the chamber music program at Eastman. The first residency in 2015 brought
the Juilliard Quartet to Eastman for two days of private coachings as well as a
public masterclass and performance in Kilbourn Hall. The second and third year
of the residency followed a similar format with guest artists the Brentano
Quartet and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. Both residencies fulfilled
Dr. Clark’s goal of providing Eastman student ensembles intense, up-close
exposure to both the playing and teaching of world-renowned ensembles. This is
an endowed program and any contributions made are in support of the
continuation of this residency.
The Eastman Chamber
Music Department is proud to announce that in March 2018, the fourth residency
will be presented by the St. Lawrence String Quartet.
Lawrence String Quartet members are:
Geoff Nuttall, violin
Lesley Robertson, viola
Christopher Costanza, cello
For more information on the quartet, visit their website at: www.slsq.com
All concerts are free unless otherwise noted. All concerts listed are open to the public. Please note that all concerts are subject to change.
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