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About the Cecilia String Quartet:       

Taking their name from St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music, the Cecilia String Quartet continues to win praise following their 2010 First Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition. “The balance between expressiveness and interplay was almost dauntingly perfect,” wrote the Berliner Zeitung after a performance in the Konzerthaus Berlin. European tours have taken the four Toronto-based Canadian musicians to the Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal (Amsterdam), Beethoven-Haus (Bonn) and Wigmore Hall (London). The CSQ perform for leading presenters in both Canada and the United States and continue to tour Canada with Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. They have a four-CD contract with Analekta and their concert recordings have been broadcast on more than a dozen international public radio networks. They are currently Quartet Fellows at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.



About Peter Stoll:

Known for his virtuoso energy onstage, as well as an easy and entertaining way of speaking with the audience, Peter Stoll is one of Canada's preeminent clarinetists. He rose to prominence as solo clarinetist with the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, performing in Vienna and East and West Berlin, during the period of the Iron Curtain. A prize winner at numerous music competitions, he received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto under Avrahm Galper and Ronald Chandler and his Masters from Indiana University, where he studied with the renowned James Campbell. He now teaches at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, and is a member of the College of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory of Music.


Among Friends


The award-winning Cecilia String Quartet performs a stormy quartet by the young Beethoven, and teams up with their friend clarinetist Peter Stoll to perform the sublime quintet that Mozart wrote for his friend, the court orchestra clarinetist, Anton Stadler. Gershwin’s three jazzy preludes, originally written for piano and arranged for quintet by Stoll, round out the programme.

Sarah Nematallah and Min-JeongKoh: violins
Caitlin Boyle: viola
Rachel Desoer: cello


W.A. Mozart (1756-1791): Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major, K. 581
L. van Beethoven (1770-1827): Quartet in C minor, Op. 18 No. 4
George Gershwin (1898-1937), arr. P. Stoll: Three Preludes

Thanks to Eli & Phil Taylor.

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