St. Lawrence String Quartet [SLSQ]
- S. Timothy Maloney
Formed in Toronto in 1989 by the violinists Geoff Nuttall and Barry Shiffman, the violist Leslie Robertson, and the cellist Marina Hoover, the quartet subsequently featured the cellists Alberto Parrini (2002–03) and Christopher Costanza (from 2003); Scott St. John has alternated with Nuttall on first violin since replacing Shiffman in 2006.
The SLSQ gained international attention after taking second place in competitions in Melbourne and St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 1991, and winning the top prizes at the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions the following year. Coached by renowned quartets while serving residencies at the University of Hartford 1990–92 (Emerson), the Juilliard School 1992–94 (Juilliard), and Yale University 1994–96 (Tokyo), the SLSQ musicians have been visiting artists at the University of Toronto annually since 1997 and ensemble in residence at Stanford University since 1998.
Giving more than 120 concerts annually, the SLSQ regularly performs at major venues and festivals throughout North America and Europe, and has toured in Asia, South America, the Middle East, and Oceania. It has recorded four albums for EMI, including works by Haydn, Schumann, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, and Osvaldo Golijov; its disc of Schumann’s first and third quartets won a Canadian Juno and the German critics’ award, while Golijov’s ...