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Ton Beau String Quartet
Since its inception in 2010, the Ton Beau String Quartet (TBSQ) has been committed to engaging and challenging audiences by presenting a mix of classical quartet gems along with music of today. The quartet has collaborated with composers Kevin Lau and William Rowson, and most recently Keyan Emami. As well as founding their own concert series, the TBSQ has performed at the Toronto Music Garden, the Hart House Sunday Afternoon Series, Belfountain Music Festival, and Guelph University. They have enjoyed several collaborations with a diverse group of distinguished artists including Spectrum Music, pianist David Braid, folk band “The Kruger Brothers”, clarinetist Peter Stoll, pianist Peter Longworth, Afiara String Quartet, and members of the Cecilia String Quartet.
Each member of the TBSQ is dedicated to inspiring people of all ages through music education. They can be found coaching and teaching several times a week. As a quartet, they have presented workshops and masterclasses at Wilfrid Laurier University, Westport Chamber Music Festival and many schools in the Greater Toronto Area.
Originally formed at the University of Toronto by four graduate students, the quartet now consists of two original members, cellist Sarah Steeves and violist Alex McLeod, and two more recent members, violinists Bijan Sepanji and Suhashini Arulanandam.
September 17, 2017Music
To close our 2017 season, the Ton Beau String Quartet performs instrumental music steeped in song. Schubert’s Quartet in A Minor, D. 804 (“Rosamunde”) is haunted by quotations from his song “Die Goetter Griechenlands, D. 677” – a poignant lament for lost youth and innocence. Armenian Miniatures, by Komitas Vardapet (1869-1935), is based on folksongs collected by the composer. Bijan Sepanji and Suhashini Arulanandam (violinists), Alex McLeod (viola), and Sarah Steeves (cello).
Sandra and Jim Pitblado