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St. Lawrence String Quartet, 2012

This season at Stanford Live, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the St. Lawrence String Quartet—Stanford's beloved string quartet in residence. Catch them for three thrilling performances this year at Bing Concert Hall.

1989: Geoff Nuttall calls his friend Lesley Robertson and asks her to leave her newly leased Manhattan apartment to start a string quartet in Canada. Not long thereafter, the St. Lawrence String Quartet is founded in Toronto.

SLSQ 1992

St. Lawrence String Quartet, 1992

1992: After winning first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition, the quartet embarks upon a residency with the Juilliard quartet and perform their New York debut at the 92nd Street Y.

SLSQ Spoleto

Spoleto Festival

1994: The SLSQ makes its first appearance at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina, soon becoming its Quartet-in-Residence.

1998: The quartet is appointed Ensemble-in-Residence at Stanford University.

SLSQ Summer Chamber Seminar

SLSQ Summer Chamber Seminar

2000: The St. Lawrence String Quartet Summer Chamber Seminar is established, hosting musicians and guest faculty from all over the world for a ten day deep-dive into chamber music performance.

2001: The EMI recording of the first and third Schumann string quartets wins the Preis der Duetschen Schallplattenkritik (along with a Juno Award in 2000).

SLSQ Emerging String Quartet Program

Emerging String Quartet Program

2009: The Emerging String Quartet Program is established at Stanford University to mentor and coach young professional quartets, with particular emphasis on community building and outreach. 

SLSQ Absolute Jest

Absolute Jest

2012: Performing with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas in Davies Symphony Hall, the SLSQ premieres John Adams’ concerto for string quartet and orchestra, Absolute Jest.

SLSQ Azure


2013: In partnership with pianist and collaborator Stephen Prutsman, and Autism Fun Bay Area, the SLSQ begin hosting Azure concerts for families with children on the autism spectrum.

SLSQ Wigmore Hall

Wigmore Hall

2019: The SLSQ performs the complete Haydn Op. 20 quartets at Wigmore Hall in London, coinciding with the launch of their album of all six quartets.