CECILIA STRING QUARTET at Wigmore Hall, London, UK – February 19th 2012 – picture by Robert Piwko
July 21, 2017
IT IS WITH MIXED EMOTIONS THAT THE CECILIA STRING QUARTET ANNOUNCES THE 2017-2018 CONCERT SEASON AS ITS LAST PERFORMING TOGETHER AS AN ENSEMBLE.
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 Sound, University of Toronto, Ottawa 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.
July 15, 2017
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.
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).
Find out more about Ms. Bryant by visiting her website: http://clairebryant.com/
The CSQ looks forward to our performances with this accomplished artist!
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.
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.
The CSQ thanks Ms. Cosbey for her continuing efforts!
Rebekah’s Bulgarian roots have inspired much of her music to date with a Balkan-infused flair, and her music has been performed internationally by a wide array of ensembles and soloists.
December 6, 2016
The CSQ is pleased to announce that Rebekah Cummings has won the fourth annual String Quartet Composition Competition with her piece Chasing Beauty!
Ms. Cummings a first year Master’s student in composition at the University of Toronto where she studies with Christos Hatzis. After graduating with honours of high distinction from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2012, she established an initiative in her hometown, Hamilton, to mentor young composers in composition and curate concerts of their new works.
Catch the CSQ performing her piece at the U of T New Music Festival on January 29th, 2016. Don’t miss it!