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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Claremont Trio Recording Release Set for January 2017

The Claremont Trio‘s newest recording project, Spheres, will be released on January 20, 2017 on the American Modern Recordings label. Spheres features three trios by composer Robert Paterson: Sun Trio, Moon Trio, and Elegy. The Claremonts are joined by their former pianist Donna Kwong on Sun Trio, and cellist Karen Ouzounian on Elegy. The entire album was recorded at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City and produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by legendary producer and engineer Adam Abeshouse.

After recording Paterson’s Sun Trio, the Claremont Trio suggested the idea of Paterson composing a brand new trio especially for their ensemble, and for this album, which ended up being Moon Trio. To round out the album, Paterson suggested his Elegy for two cellos and piano. All three of the works on Spheres are inspired by or have something to do with celestial bodies—the sun, moon and the cosmos.

Spheres will be available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and from all other major retailers and digital outlets.

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