St. Lawrence String Quartet 

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 7:30pm at Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre For The Arts


Geoff Nuttall, violin

Owen Dalby, violin

Lesley Robertson, viola

Christopher Costanza, cello 

The St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ) has established itself among the world-class chamber ensembles of its generation. Since winning both the Banff International String Quartet Competition and Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1992, the quartet has delighted audiences with its spontaneous, passionate, and dynamic performances. Alex Ross of the New Yorker magazine writes, "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." 

SLSQ maintains a busy touring schedule. Recent highlights include visits to Vancouver, Princeton, Portland, OR, Toronto, Philadelphia, Ann Arbor, Palm Beach, Washington, DC, as well as performances of “Absolute Jest” with the Toronto Symphony, and also on a European tour with the San Francisco Symphony. 

Since 1998 the SLSQ has held the position of Ensemble in Residence at Stanford University. In addition to their appointment at Stanford, the SLSQ are visiting artists in residence at Arizona State University at Tempe.

Lesley Robertson and Geoff Nuttall are founding members of the group, and hail from Edmonton, Alberta, and London, Ontario, respectively. Christopher Costanza is from Utica, NY, and joined the group in 2003. Owen Dalby, a native of Berkeley, California, begins his first season with the quartet in 2015, succeeding violinist Mark Fewer. All four members of the quartet live and teach at Stanford, in the Bay Area of California.