on period instruments
Windermere String Quartet

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We discontinued our Concert Series in the spring of 2019, after 14 enjoyable years. Tremendous thanks to our loyal audience, generous supporters, friendly front-of-house staff, and all the wonderful people at St. Olave's!

WSQ is potentially available for projects initiated by other presenters. Please «contact us» for more info.

LATEST CD! Order online from «Pipistrelle Music», download on «iTunes», stream on Spotify, or pick up a copy at an upcoming concert. Hear «Samples» on Soundcloud.

"Depth, conviction, emotional range and intensity… another outstanding CD from the Windermere players." – «The WholeNote»
Windermre String Quartet: Inner Landscapes

"A treat for the soul and ears."
"A delight to listen to... Great, great concert."

      –   audience comments

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.