Cecilia String Quartet
Min-Jeong Koh, violon
Sarah Nematallah, violon
Caitlin Boyle, viola
Rachel Desoer, cello
Now entering its second decade, the Cecilia String Quartet is Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. They perform for leading presenters in Canada, the United States and Europe. Prizewinners at several international competitions, they were awarded First Prize at the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition. Their concert recordings have been broadcast on more than a dozen international public radio networks. They have taught at leading universities and festivals across North America and have presented educational programs for elementary and high schools across North America and in Italy and France. They have performed for homeless youth, homeless veterans, prisoners, and for the elderly in care facilities. New initiatives include Xenia Concerts, welcoming children with autism disorder (ASD) and their families, and Celebrating Canadian Women in Music, with newly commissioned works for both concert and CD presentation.
“Pure musical joy” was how musicaltoronto.org welcomed the quartet’s 2012 début album of music by Antonín Dvořák on the Analekta label. “Opulent sonority… rhythmically flexible, overtly Romantic approach,” added The Strad. A second release, Amoroso, in 2013, featuring music by Janáček, Berg, and Webern, was applauded by Gramophone magazine for “unleashing the music’s ecstasy and angst.” A third release on Analekta in 2014 presented piano concertos by Mozart with pianist Karin Kei Nagano. “Mozart’s musical train of thought emerges in higher relief, especially when played with the comprehension and grace of these performances.” (Gramophone)
Min-Jeong Koh plays on a ca. 1767 Joannes Baptista Guadagnini violin and Sarah Nematallah plays on an 1851 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin, both on loan from an anonymous donor. Rachel Desoer performs on the 1929 Carlo Giuseppe Oddone cello on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts. Caitlin Boyle plays on a 2002 viola by Joseph Curtin. The quartet would like to thank the anonymous donor, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council for their generous support.