August 5: Cecilia String Quartet


Friday, August 5 at the Hall

Cecilia String Quartet – classical – 7pm pre-show talk/8pm performance


Hailed for their “powerful” (Chicago Sun-Times)and “dauntingly perfect” (Berliner Zeitung) performances, the CSQ perform for leading presenters in North America and Europe. Past engagements include performances at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, Northwestern University in Illinois, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, and London’s Wigmore Hall. Their live concert recordings have been broadcast on more than a dozen international public radio networks, including Australia (ABC Classical FM), Canada (CBC/SRC), the United States (WQXR), England (BBC Radio 3), and Germany (DeutschlandRadio). Prize-winners at several international competitions, including Osaka in 2008 and Bordeaux in 2010, they were awarded First Prize at the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition, where they also won the prize for the best performance of the commissioned work.

In addition to performing, the CSQ records for ANALEKTA. Their debut album of music by Dvořák in 2012 was acclaimed for its “deeply felt imperativeness” (The Strad), and their second recording in 2013, featuring music by Janáček, Berg, and Webern, was applauded for “unleashing the music’s ecstasy and angst” (Gramophone Magazine). Current recording projects include their 2015 album featuring the music of Felix Mendelssohn, and an album featuring new commissions by Canadian composers, scheduled for release in 2017.

The Cecilia String Quartet was formed in October 2004 in Toronto, where they currently reside and are Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music.

Min-Jeong Koh, violinCecilia String Quartet 1

Sarah Nematallah, violin

Caitlin Boyle, viola

Rachel Desoer, cello

“[Of the Haydn String Quartet in G minor, op. 20] … the balance between expressiveness and interplay was almost dauntingly perfect, and the beauty of the tone in the plaintive melodic magic of the slow movement was simply unbeatable.” —Berliner Zeitung

“We heard an almost unimaginable level of articulation, communication, timbres, clarity of structure and, again and again, a deep musical rhetoric second to none.” —Bremen Kreiszeitung