Montréal 2017

ASASELLO

String Quartet

Germany

Rostislav Kojevnikov , violin
Barbara Kuster , violin
Justyna Sliwa , viola
Wolfgang Zamastil , cello

The Asasello Quartet was founded in 2000 in Basel, where its members were studying at the time. Having concluded their studies in Basel with a major in chamber music, the Quartet relocated to Cologne in August 2003 and continued to study with the renowned Alban Berg Quartet. After the diploma for chamber music and contemporary music in Cologne, the musicians continued their musical education with Christophe Desjardins, Paris, and Chaim Taub, Tel Aviv. Winning the first prize of the Migros Kulturporzent competition 2003 in Zurich was the starting point for further international concerts. Its tours have since taken the Quartet to Hungary, Russia, the Netherlands, and England. In 2009 the Asasello Quartet was among the winners of the first International Chamber Music Competition in Hamburg, ICMC.

The Asasello String Quartet is an official selection of the 10th Banff International String Quartet Competition (August 30-September 5, 2010).

www.asasello-quartett.eu

CECILIA

String Quartet

Canada

Min-Jeong Koh , violin
Sarah Nematallah , violin
Caitlin Boyle , viola
Rebecca Wenham , cello

The Cecilia String Quartet is one of Canada’s most exciting young ensembles today. Winner of the SACEM Prize at the 2010 Bordeaux International Competition, 2nd Prizewinners at the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, 1st prizewinners and winners of the Melpomene prize at the 2008 Rutenberg Competition and winners of the 2007 Galaxie Rising Stars award in Canada, the Cecilia Quartet is currently the Resident String Quartet at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, pursuing Graduate Diplomas under the guidance of André Roy. They are also Quartet in Residence of Jeunesses Musicales du Canada for their 60th Anniversary Season. The CSQ has performed across North America and in Europe for organizations such as Music Toronto (Toronto, Canada), The La Jolla Music Society (San Diego, USA), ProQuartet (Paris, France), and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival (Ottawa, Canada).

The Cecilia String Quartet is an official selection of the 10th Banff International String Quartet Competition (August 30-September 5, 2010).

www.ceciliastringquartet.com

NOGA

String Quartet

France

Simon Roturier , violin
Lauriane Vernhes , violin
Avishai Chameides , viola
Joan Bachs , cello

Formed in 2008 in Berlin, at the Universität der Künste, the musicians of the Noga String Quartet originate for the conservatories of Paris, Lyon and Milan. Under the direction of Heime Müller and Eckart Runge (Artemis Quartett), the Noga Quartet rapidly established itself by taking the 3rd prize at the Alice Samter Fondation Competition. Frequent participants in the Berlin chamber music scene, the Noga Quartet has been invited to participate at the Barga Festival in Italy in 2009. All members of the Quartet regularly perform as members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester and the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin. In 2010, the Noga Quartet has also undertaken studies with Gregor Sigl (Artemis Quartett) et Rainer Kimstedt (Kreuzberger Quartett and Brahms Quartett).

The Noga String Quartet is an official selection of the 10th Banff International String Quartet Competition (August 30-September 5, 2010).

PERESSON

String Quartet

United States

Nigel Armstrong , violin
Luanne Homzy , violin
Min-Kyung Sung , viola
Julian Schwarz , cello

The Peresson Quartet was formed in 2009 at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. Since its inception, it has rapidly established itself as a first class ensemble and has worked extensively with Arnold Steinhardt of the Guarneri Quartet and Paul Coletti as well as the distinguished Quatuor Ebene. The Peresson Quartet’s members have performed as chamber musicians at the Verbier, Aspen, Prussia Cove, and Sarasota Festivals with artists such as Ani Kavafian, Jon Nakamatsu, Gary Karr, and Franklin Cohen. Individually they have appeared as soloists with the Montreal, Seattle, Moscow State Radio, Ottawa, and Boston Pops Symphony Orchestras, among others. The quartet’s upcoming engagements include performances in Los Angeles, Sonoma, and the Pacific Northwest. In October 2010 the quartet will perform the Mendelssohn Octet with the Tokyo String Quartet at Los Angeles’ Zipper Hall.

The Peresson String Quartet is an official selection of the 10th Banff International String Quartet Competition (August 30-September 5, 2010).