photos: Melissa Sung
Join our «email list»!
Drawn together by a shared enthusiasm for early string quartets, the members of the Windermere String Quartet came together in 2005 to perform the music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and their contemporaries on period instruments, as well as new works inspired by the WSQ’s historically-informed style. The Quartet has drawn notice for “sparkling, straightforward interpretations” and “an attractive earthy honesty.”
Their Windermere String Quartet Concert Series, in Toronto, has
been presenting exciting, innovative and exploratory programming for
over a decade. Over the years, the WSQ has played the world
premières of ten new quartets, nine by Canadian composers. Over the
same period, they have performed all sixteen of Beethoven’s String
Quartets, and have introduced the Quartet’s loyal audiences to the
works of under-represented composers of the late 18th and early 19th
centuries, including Georges Onslow, Carl Loewe, Juan Chrisóstomo
Arriaga, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, and many others. The WSQ has
performed to acclaim on concert series throughout Ontario, and has
collaborated with many bright lights in the early music community,
including Lucas Harris, Alison Melville, and Meredith Hall.
The WSQ’s first recording, The Golden Age of String Quartets, released in 2012, has been widely praised for “period performances that blend life, spirit and soul with a perfectly judged sensitivity for contemporary style and practice.”
The Windermere String Quartet gratefully acknowledges the support of its generous donors.