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“Period performances that blend life, spirit and soul with a perfectly-judged sensitivity for contemporary style and practice.”
~ Terry Robbins, The WholeNote, May 2012
The Windermere String Quartet was formed in the spring of 2005 to perform the music of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and their contemporaries on period instruments, as well as new works inspired by the Classical period. The Quartet is known for its dynamic performances and distinctive sound. Violinists Elizabeth Loewen Andrews and Michelle Odorico, violist Anthony Rapoport, and cellist Laura Jones are well known to audiences as performers with leading period instrument ensembles, between them performing with Tafelmusik, Toronto Consort, Aradia, Musicians in Ordinary, Elixir Baroque Ensemble and many others. Along with their wealth of experience in Baroque and Classical styles, the members of the Windermere String Quartet have a wide range of musical tastes and have also been acclaimed for their performances with such groups as Sinfonia Toronto, Talisker Players and the indie-pop band LYON. These eclectic interests bring a freshness and passionate spontaneity to their performances.
The Quartet’s own series, the Windermere String Quartet Concert Series, was established to explore the well-known masterworks as well as lesser-known gems of the string quartet repertoire on period instruments. The series also regularly features newly commissioned works, such as new Quartets by Canadian composers Alexander Rapoport, Robert Rival, William Rowson, Mehdi Rezania and Anthony St. Pierre. In 2009, the WSQ premiered a new Quartet by British composer Geoffrey Palmer at York University’s International Conference Celebrating Haydn: His Times and his Legacy. In 2012, the WSQ premiered a new Quartet by Stephanie Martin at a gala celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Pax Christi Chorale. The Quartet has performed at Toronto’s Academy Concert Series, the Toronto Music Garden, Nuit Blanche, Toronto Early Music Centre’s Musically Speaking series, Stratford Chamber Music, and the New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts. They have been Quartet in Residence at Music at Port Milford and CAMMAC's Lake MacDonald Music Centre. The Quartet has enjoyed collaborations with clarinetists Colin Lawson and Nicolai Tarasov, horn player Derek Conrod, lutenist/guitarist Lucas Harris and fortepianist Sharon Burlacoff.
The Windermere String Quartet gratefully acknowledges the support of its generous donors.