St. Lawrence String Quartet

The St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ) is no stranger to MTO audiences!  This lively quartet first performed for our audiences in 1992 and has been performing yearly for us since 1995.   They will be back on our stage this season on January 9, 2014.

We will have the pleasure of being the first Canadian city to have the latest formation of the quartet play.   Mark Fewer (2nd violin) officially joins the SLSQ on January 1st.   MTO audiences have heard Mark play with the SLSQ previously as he has filled in for both Geoff and Scott at different points in the past.

The quartet is Ensemble in Residence at Stanford University.  There they teach masterclasses, play concerts, and enrich the musical lives of students through special projects.  One of these projects is the “Why Music Matters” classes offered by Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies.  Geared toward 14 to 17 year olds, it is an intensive program that explores music over time from several perspectives – culture, technology, history, theory.

Another staple for the SLSQ is their summer Chamber Music Seminar.   This is a 10 day program held at Stanford that combines students aiming for careers in chamber music performance and aspiring adult musicians.   It features daily sessions with members of the SLSQ along with guest instructors each summer.   The summer of 2014 features the members of the Gryphon Trio as some of the guest faculty members.   This year’s seminar takes place from June 20 to 29, 2014 and for more info or an application, visit

We look forward to having the members of the SLSQ – Geoff Nuttall (first violin), Mark Fewer (second violin), Lesley Robertson (viola), and Christopher Costanza (cello) – perform for our first concert of 2014!   Come join us!


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