Katarina String Quartet

  • Jeanel Liang - violin
  • Jérôme Chiasson - violin
  • Celia Morin - viola
  • Maya Enstad - cello

Friday, October 13, 2023 at 7:30pm
Union Church, 24 Maple Avenue
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC H9X 2E6

Programme

F.J. HAYDN (1732 -1809)

String quartet Op.33 no.5

  • I. Vivace assai
  • II. Largo cantabile
  • III. Scherzo - Trio
  • IV. Finale. Allegretto

STRAVINSKY (1882-1971)

Three pieces for string quartet k019

Intermission

R. SCHUMANN (1810-1856)

String quartet Op.41 no.1

  • I. Introduzione. Andante espressivo - Allegro
  • II. Scherzo
  • III. Adagio
  • IV. Presto

Biography

Formed in 2022 at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University under Professor André Roy, the Katarina String Quartet are the recent grand prize winners of the McGill Chamber Music Competition, first prize winners of the Canadian Music Competition and semi-finalists of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Known for their deeply personal sound and their spontaneous, enthusiastic, and evocative interpretations, the KSQ has had the privilege to perform for members of the Alban Berg Quartet, Debussy Quartet, Ysaye Quartet, and the Calidore Quartet. This past year, the quartet studied extensively with Prof. Gerhard Schulz at the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove as well as with the Pacifica Quartet and Atar Arad at the 2023 Professional String Quartet Studies program in Bloomington, Indiana. The quartet recently had the honour of participating as a senior quartet at the McGill International String Quartet Academy (MISQA) in August 2023.

The members of the KSQ aim to pursue repertoire and projects that intersect with their musical and moral values, with a focus on centering inclusivity, sustainability, and accessibility. The quartet takes its name from Katarina Guarneri, the wife of the legendary violin maker Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu. She made violins under her husband's guise during the most productive years of his career and is rumored to be responsible for many of del Gesu's most successful violins.

Inspired by Katarina, the KSQ pays tribute to the many forgotten women whose uncredited contribution to the industry paved the way for music to be shared for years to come.

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