Violinist Valerie Li will Perform with CSQ October 2017 to May 2018

Sept 20, 2017

From October 2017 to May 2018, the CSQ is happy to welcome violinist Valerie Li, who will perform with the quartet and take part in teaching and other CSQ activities at the University of Toronto. Ms. Li will perform in place of violinist Min-Jeong Koh, who will depart the quartet in October 2017 to honour personal project commitments. The CSQ considers Ms. Li a long time friend of the quartet, and looks forward to sharing their final performances with this brilliant artist!

Ms. Li is well known to Canadian and international audiences through her work in the JUNO-nominated Afiara Quartet. With this award-winning ensemble, Ms. Li has toured througout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia, performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center, Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw, and the Royal Library in Copenhagen. She currently tours extensively with DJ Kid Koala int he multidisciplinary live production of Nufonia Must Fall.

Ms. Li received her Bachelor of Music from the Peabody Institute, her Master of Music from the New England Conservatory, and her Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School. Her teachers include Miriam Fried, Herbert Greenberg, and Gwen Thompson, with whom she studied in her hometown of Vancouver.


The CSQ Announces Final Season

CECILIA STRING QUARTET at Wigmore Hall, London, UK – February 19th 2012 – picture by Robert Piwko 

July 21, 2017


Winner of the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Canadian-based Cecilia String Quartet has delighted audiences around the globe with “powerful” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “dauntingly perfect” (Berliner Zeitung) performances, as well as a charming and accessible personality. The Cecilia String Quartet has been a champion of accessible music concerts, founding Xenia Concerts, a series catering to children on the autism spectrum and their families.

For its final season, the Cecilia String Quartet will return to some of its favorite and most supportive series, including Festival of the SoundUniversity of TorontoOttawa Chamber Music Society, and Jeffery Concerts. Additionally, the Quartet will do two European tours, and present several Xenia Concerts throughout the season.

Joining the Cecilia String Quartet for its final season will be acclaimed cellist, Claire Bryant. Ms. Bryant will step in for Cecilia Quartet member, Rachel Desoer, who will leave the group in October 2017 to honor personal project commitments.

The members of the quartet are extremely grateful to all the people, organizations, and audiences that have shown them so much generosity and support over the years. They would especially like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council for their generous support of CSQ tours, commissions, and projects. Although the Cecilia String Quartet’s time together is coming to an end, members Min-Jeong Koh, Sarah Nematallah, Caitlin Boyle, and Rachel Desoer will remember their work together fondly, and will continue to contribute to the Canadian Arts scene as they move forward in their performance careers.

Cellist Claire Bryant will Perform with CSQ October 2017 to May 2018

July 15, 2017

From October 2017 to May 2018, the CSQ is pleased to welcome cellist Claire Bryant, who will perform with the quartet and take part in teaching and other CSQ activities at the University of Toronto. Ms. Bryant will step in for cellist Rachel Desoer, who will depart the quartet in October 2017 to honour personal project commitments.

Ms. Bryant has performed at premiere venues such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Southbank Centre (UK), Suntory Hall (Japan), Lincoln Center (New York), and the Barbican Centre(UK).

Ms. Bryant is a founding member of the acclaimed chamber music collective, Decoda (an Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall), and is the Principal Cellist of Trinity Wall Street’s chamber orchestra, Novus NY. Ms. Bryant has appeared as a soloist with orchestras from South Carolina to California, and Honduras to Finland, and has collaborated closely with artists such as Daniel Hope, Emanuel Ax, Sir Simon Rattle, Dawn Upshaw, the Weilerstein Trio, the Saint Lawrence String Quartet, and the Danish String Quartet. Ms. Bryant is a frequent guest artist with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Lukes, Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Band and Ensemble ACJW, of which she is an alumna.

Find out more about Ms. Bryant by visiting her website:

The CSQ looks forward to our performances with this accomplished artist!


Violinist Catherine Cosbey will Continue with CSQ for Summer 2017 as Second Violinist

June 1, 2017

Violinist Catherine Cosbey will perform with the Cecilia Quartet as second violinist from June to September 2017, substituting for violinist Sarah Nematallah who will be on maternity leave.

Ms. Cosbey is an extremely accomplished Canadian violinist known for her work as a founding member of the critically acclaimed Linden String Quartet. She has won prizes at the 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the 2011 Premio Paolo Borciani Competition, and has performed across North America, Europe, and Asia.

Ms. Cosbey is also the Artistic Director of the Regina Chamber Music Festival, a week-long chamber music festival that works in collaboration with Regina Summer Strings to bring inspiring concerts and instruction to her hometown community in Regina, Saskatchewan.

The CSQ thanks Ms. Cosbey for her continuing efforts!


CSQ Joins the Roster of Arts28

January 1, 2017

The CSQ has joined the roster of Arts28, a boutique artist management and consulting firm catering to the world’s finest performing and visual artists.

Founded in 2016 by Katherine Womer Benjamin, Arts28 was created in response to the evolving trends in the arts world. Arts28 employs creative and unique strategies to attract new audiences and produce art of the highest caliber.

Arts28 will be representing the CSQ in North America starting January 1, 2017. Visit the CSQ’s Contact page for more information. We look forward to continuing the CSQ journey with Katherine and her team!