Congratulations to Roydon Tse, winner of this year’s CSQ Composition Competition!

Roydon Tse and the CSQJan 30, 2016

Congratulations to Roydon Tse! His composition Breathe is the winner of this year’s CSQ String Quartet Composition Competition at the University of Toronto.

The Hong-Kong Canadian composer is currently based in Toronto where he is pursuing a D.M.A. in composition at U of T with Norbert Palej.

Breathe explores in musical terms the various ideas related to breathing, such as representing musically the phrasing of a natural breath to incorporating sounds of breathing along with the string quartet” writes Mr. Tse. “The piece was a place where I could explore things I have not done before, such as combining vocal effects as well as ‘remixing’ baroque influences in my music.”

The work will be premiered on Thursday February 4th at the University of Toronto New Music Festival. Click here for more information about the concert.

We hope to see you there!

CSQ Recording of Mendelssohn Named as one of 10 Best Canadian Classical Albums of 2015

December 1, 2015

In a post written by CBC contributors Matthew Parsons and Robert Rowat, the new CSQ CD featuring works by Felix Mendelssohn was named as one of the 10 best Canadian Classical Albums of 2015. The album, featuring Quartets Op. 44 No. 1 and Op. 44 No. 2 (two standards of the repertoire), “goes for broke” according to these writers.

Click here to read the full text.

Visit our recordings page to find out more about this album, including how you can purchase your own copy.

Latest CSQ CD In Stores Now: String Quartets of Felix Mendelssohn

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October 10 2015

The CSQ is proud to announce the release of it’s latest album for ANALEKTA, Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartets Op. 44, No. 1 and No. 2.

“I really enjoy performing these quartets by Mendelssohn” says cellist Rachel Desoer. “They are filled with moments of depth, tenderness, lightness, and power, and we want our CD to give all those experiences to listeners.”

Radio-Canada has called the album “un romantisme incisif” – you can read more of their comments about the album by clicking here. You can also click here to visit CBC and read a short article about the CSQ’s experience recording the album.

More information about the recording, including how to purchase a copy, can be found under the Media button on our Recordings page. We hope you enjoy listening to the music as much as we enjoyed recording it!

Xenia Concerts is Back!

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October 1 2015

Xenia Concerts returns to The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts for a second season! This series of family concerts was designed by the CSQ to appeal to, and be welcoming of, children on the autism spectrum and their families.

Xenia Concerts is kicking off season 2 with “Classical Dance Party 2”! Audiences are invited to join us for this program that will get people movin’ and groovin’ to the music of Mendelssohn, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, and more!

To reserve tickets, or for more information, click here:
Eventbrite - Xenia Concerts: Classical Dance Party 2!

We hope to see you there!

Emerson Yi-Ming McCaffery Chu!

Emerson Yi-Ming McCaffery Chu
September 4 2015 

The new addition to the Cecilia String Quartet family has arrived! Emerson was born on July 27th, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto. Weighing in at 7 pounds 9 ounces he continues to grow and gain weight while listening to a generous amount of classical music.  


Although he missed touring with the Cecilia String Quartet this summer, he is looking forward to his first tour with the group in January 2016. This tour will take the extended new family to France, Switzerland, Norway, and England. In preparation, Emerson is practicing traveling around Toronto in his brand new travel seat. Baby steps.