Acknowledged by the press for its “youthful energy, seasoned experience, invigorating playing and soulful interpretations”, Edmonton-based Vaughan String Quartet is one of the most active among the young chamber music groups of western Canada, having collaborated with many music societies and artists such as the Banff Centre for Performing Arts, Edmonton Recital Society, Edmonton Opera, Western Canadian Music Award with classical accordionist Antonio Peruch, composer Robert Rival (former composer in residence for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra), pianists Sarah Ho and Janet Scott-Hoyt, cellist Rafael Hoekman, University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra, Alberta College Conservatory of Music, and the St. Albert Chamber Music Recital Series. The group has received reviews from the Edmonton Journal and St. Albert Gazette and has appeared in live radio broadcast (CBC Radio Canada) and television (City TV, L’Alberta en Bref and France 3 Franche-Comté).
During various occasions the quartet has been coached by the members of the Cecilia String Quartet, the Lafayette String Quartet, the Dover String Quartet, and the Penderecki String Quartet, by Gerald Stanick (former violist of the Fine Art Quartet), by Laura Andriani (Quatuor Alcan), by cellist Robert Bardston and violist Petr Holman (Zemlinsky String Quartet).
The Vaughan String Quartet was Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre – Banff, AB (Canada) during the Winter Program (March 2014) and the Late Fall Program (November 2014), presenting concerts and recitals, and collaborating with composers in residence. The quartet was recipient of the Luminato Festival String Quartet Fellowship (2015) in Toronto and was part of R. Murray Schafer Apocalypsis which was recorded live by CBC and released in 2016 by Analekta.
Since 2013 the Vaughan String Quartet regularly organizes concert series in Edmonton, inviting musicians from all over Canada, U.S. and Brazil. They premiered works written for the ensemble by Joseph Lai (Canada), Simone Boi (Italy), and Davide Runcini (Italy). For two consecutive seasons the quartet has been recipient of the Project Grant for Artists by the Edmonton Arts Council.
The quartet’s debut in international stages was performed in New York City in the summer of 2015 for the PAMAR (Pan American Musical Art Research). During the summer of 2016 the ensemble had its European debut at the festival FIMU in Belfort – France and in various cities in Northern Italy. Such an intense performing activity has brought the Vaughan String Quartet to some of the most important concert halls in North America such as the the Winspear Centre in Edmonton (AB), the Festival Hall in Calgary (AB),the Rolston Hall at the Banff Centre (AB), Philip T. Young in Victoria (BC), the Sony Centre in Toronto (ON), Munson Recital Hall – Azusa Pacific University (CA), and the Symphony Space in New York (NY).
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