Established in 1989, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has developed an undisputed reputation as one of the world's great ensembles. Called “witty, buoyant, and wickedly attentive” (The Gazette, Montreal), with a “peerless” sense of ensemble (Financial Times, London), the quartet is celebrated for its “smoldering intensity” (Washington Post), and “flexibility, dramatic fire and… hint of rock 'n' roll energy” (LA Times). SLSQ performs around the world and has served as Ensemble-in-Residence at Stanford University since 1998.
The SLSQ continues to build its reputation for imaginative and spontaneous music-making through an energetic commitment to the great established quartet literature, as well as the championing of new works by such composers as John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, Ezequiel Vinao, and Jonathan Berger. Of their collaborations with Adams, the Washington Post asserted “If good relationships are built on trust, the bond between the St. Lawrence String Quartet and composer John Adams is a marriage made in chamber music heaven.”
In recent seasons, SLSQ has paid special attention to Franz Josef Haydn with a series of concerts in which the foursome explores and unpacks the composer’s string quartets from various perspectives and then performs the works in their entirety. Geoff Nuttall, hailed as “the Jon Stewart of chamber music” (New York Times), explains, “to be really devastated by the genius of Haydn’s music, the performers and audiences have to be connected…exploring the material in a really active way.” The quartet will continue to offer these “Haydn Discovery” programs through the 2016-17 season and beyond.
SLSQ's performance with Music Worcester will take place on Friday, February 19 at 8:00PM at Brooks Hall at the College of the Holy Cross. This will be the second year that Music Worcester presents a chamber music ensemble in the hall, following on a very successful concert last season. There will be educational elements with the students of Holy Cross during the day, followed by the concert in the evening, which is a public and ticketed event. For press passes, please contact our office.