30 Years of St. Lawrence String Quartet
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.