Congratulations to Rebekah Cummings, Winner of the U of T String Quartet Composition Competition!

Rebekah Cummings
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.

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.

Catch the CSQ performing her piece at the U of T New Music Festival on January 29th, 2016. Don’t miss it!

CSQ Welcomes Violinist Catherine Cosbey for Winter and Spring 2017!

Catherine Cosbey
November 18, 2016

The CSQ welcomes violinist Catherine Cosbey who will perform with the quartet as first violinist from January to May 2017, substituting for violinist Min-Jeong Koh 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 looks forward to our performances with Ms. Cosbey!


Welcome to the Third Season of Xenia Concerts!


Xenia Concerts are back! The first concert of the season, called Schubert’s Musical Moment, will take place on October 2nd, and will feature Schubert’s epic String Quartet No. 14 interspersed with some shorter works by this incredible composer. Click the Eventbrite button to purchase tickets!

Eventbrite - Xenia Concert: Schubert's Musical Moment

NEWS: Xenia Concerts Inc. is now a Non-Profit organization! The mission of Xenia Concerts Inc. is to offer high quality music and arts performances, presentations, and educational programs, in an environment that welcomes those who might not have access to such events and activities due to physical, mental, or financial barriers. Click here to find out more!

We hope to see you on October 2nd!

Final work from the project Celebrating Canadian Women in Music is complete!

Emilie LeBelAugust 1, 2016

The collection is complete! The CSQ has just received and premiered the final work by composer Emilie LeBel from their project Celebrating Canadian Women in Music. Ms. LeBel talks about her inspiration for this work, titled Taxonomy of Paper Wings:

“Over the past year I have been occupied with the poetry of Emily Dickinson in concurrence to my composition work. In the book Gorgeous Nothings, Emily Dickinson’s late writings are explored over a selection of 52 envelopes containing Dickinson’s handwritten poems. I am captivated by how the poet uses the envelope’s space and sections to organize and structure her work. This composition is based on catalogue A821, a poem composed by Dickinson in the early spring of 1885. Taxonomy of Paper Wings refers to the construction of the poem, made of a collage of two sections on an envelope, resembling the hinged wings of a bird.”

The work was premiered at the Ottawa Chamberfest this past July. All four of the works will be performed by the CSQ, both in Canada and abroad, throughout 2017 in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation. Happy birthday Canada!

Here is a list of the four works:

Nicole Lizée – Isabella Blow at Somerset House
Kati Agócs – Tantric Variations
Katarina Curcin – String Quartet No. 3
Emilie LeBel – Taxonomy of Paper Wings

Contact the CSQ for more information about this project.

A big thanks to our project partners!

The Canada Council for the Arts
The Ontario Arts Council
Harbourfront Centre
KM Hunter Charitable Foundation
Canadian Music Centre
21C Music Festival
Chamber Factory

CSQ Recording of Mendelssohn Quartets Nominated for a JUNO Award

Cecelia-String-Quartet-640x400Feb 3 2016

The CSQ’s latest CD featuring works by Felix Mendelssohn has been nominated for a 2016 JUNO Award in the category of Classical Album of the Year!

“It’s an honour to be nominated alongside such incredible musicians!” said Rachel Desoer after hearing the announcement at the JUNO Awards press conference in Toronto on February 2nd.

Presented annually by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Science (CARAS), the JUNO Awards is Canada’s premier awards show and the Canadian music industry’s most prestigious recognition for excellence in recorded music. Calgary will be the host city for this year’s JUNO Awards, which will take place March 28 to April 3 2016 during a week-long celebration that culminates in a broadcast gala on April 3.

Click here to find out more about the JUNO Awards.

Click here to find out more about the nominated CSQ album, featuring String Quartets Op. 44 No. 1 and No. 2 by Felix Mendelssohn.