St. Lawrence String Quartet
“Modern,” “dramatic,” “superb,” “wickedly 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 - comprised of musicians Geoff Nuttall (violin), Owen Dalby (violin), Lesley Robertson (viola), and Christopher Costanza (cello) - 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.
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. It 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 1998.
At Stanford, 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 it mentors 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."
Find out more about the St. Lawrence String Quartet on their website.
Sunday, March 28 at 4:00 p.m. PST
Ways to Watch
- Right here on our website! The livestream will be available on this page at 7:30 p.m on March 28. Be sure to share the link with your friends: SLSQ.auditoriumseries.org
- Facebook Live - You do not need a Facebook account to view the concert, but you will need to create an account of login if you want to comment on the video.
- Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4
- John Adams: Second Quartet
- Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 74 ("Harp")
All events are free and open to the public. Zoom webinar registration is required.
Chamber Music Seminar
Thursday, Jan. 28
2:30 p.m. PST
Tune in with Lionel Hampton School of Music students to hear the SLSQ present on chamber music from their classroom series at Stanford.
Friday, Jan. 29
10:30 a.m. PST
Join U of I student composers as they hear their pieces being performed and critiqued by members of the SLSQ!
Friday, Jan. 29
4:30 p.m. PST
As ACMS unfortunately can't host our annual Palouse Chamber Music Workshop, we're inviting string players and teachers from near and far to join us for this exclusive SLSQ string workshop! Tune in live to have your questions answered by these world-renowned performers.