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.