Cecilia String Quartet Announces Final Season

July 21, 2017

It is with mixed emotions that the Cecilia String Quartet announces the 17/18 concert season as its last performing together as an ensemble.

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Min-Jeong Koh and Sarah Nematallah, violins

Caitlin Boyle, viola

Rachel Desoer, cello


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.

The Cecilia String Quartet recently joined the roster of New York-based boutique agency, Arts28. Under the management of Arts28 founder and managing director, Katherine Womer Benjamin, the Quartet was poised to gain an increased presence in the United States. Despite her short time working with the Quartet, Ms. Womer Benjamin has grown quite fond of the group, and is sad to see such a gifted ensemble come to an end.

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.

Although the Cecilia String Quartet’s time together is coming to an end, we will no doubt continue to hear the remarkable playing of members Min-Jeong Koh, Sarah Nematallah, Caitlin Boyle, and Rachel Desoer, as they move forward in their performance careers.

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Arts28 Welcomes Bohemian Trio to the Roster

We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with the wonderful Bohemian Trio, as exclusive manager for North America.

Immersed in different cultural and musical backgrounds, Yosvany Terry, Orlando Alonso, and Yves Dharamraj joined forces in 2013 to form Bohemian Trio. The three musicians were drawn to the idea that their blend of traditions would speak to the true voice of the Americas: a cacophony of cultures that, together, forges a new identity that transcends Old World boundaries.

The piano, cello, and saxophone of this New York-based trio bring the diverse sounds and rhythms of Cuba and the Americas to life in an original brand of new music. With roots in Cuba, France, Trinidad, and the US, the Trio shifts intuitively among classical, jazz, and world music. At the heart of their collaborations are Yosvany Terry’s original works, which are driven by Afro-Cuban rhythms, sweeping classical melodies, and a touch of improvisation. The Trio’s repertoire is rounded out with commissioned works by composers such as Manuel Valera, Sonia Jacobsen, Pedro Giraudo, and Emilio Solla, and favorites from the classical genre, such as Passacaille from Ravel’s Piano Trio.

The members of Bohemian Trio are distinguished graduates of Cuba’s Escuela Nacional de Arte, Juilliard, Yale University, and Manhattan School of Music; they have won international competitions and major awards including Grammys; they have collaborated with artists such as Chucho Valdes, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Bell, and Itzhak Perlman, and perform regularly on five continents in the world’s most renowned halls.

Bohemian Trio released its critically-acclaimed debut album, “Okónkolo”, on Innova Records in February, 2017. Larry Blumenfeld of the Wall Street Journal writes, “Together, these musicians honor heritages that blur more than reinforce borders: the blend of European and African traditions that centuries ago amounted to a New World; and the sweet spot sought by many contemporary composers, especially in New York, grounded more in creativity than genre.”

Upcoming season highlights include a tour of Cuba featuring an invitation by La Casa de las Americas to perform and lecture on the influence of Cuba on today’s music, the Trio’s debut at the prestigious Lincoln Center Festival (New York), the Trio’s South American debut at New Docta International Music Festival  (Argentina), and a triple-concerto commission for Chick Corea with a consortium of major US orchestras.