CHARLOTTETOWN - Taking their name from St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music, the Cecilia String Quartet (CSQ) continues to win praise following their first prize at the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition.
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Toronto string ensemble, the Cecilia String Quartet, brings their finely-honed craft to the Studio 1 theatre at Confederation Centre of the Arts on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m.
"With a stunning spirit of creativity that consistently celebrated risk-taking and discovery, the Cecilia Quartet impressed the distinguished jury above all others," said the competition's executive director, Barry Shiffman, when announcing the winners.
The CSQ is performing with a number of community presenters across Atlantic Canada. Their P.E.I. concert is presented by Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre and takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Studio 1 of Confederation Centre of the Arts.
Formed while its members were students at the University of Toronto, the CSQ has won competitions in Bordeau (2010) and Osaka (2008). They have toured North America, many countries in Europe, and have performed in famous halls such as the Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal (Amsterdam), Beethoven-Haus (Bonn).
Their concert program will feature quartets by Haydn and Mendelssohn as well as Webern's Langsamer Satz. The program also features a commissioned work by Canadian composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte. Titled "Kitchen Ceilidh", the piece features the melodic style of Eastern Canada mixed in with jazz and contemporary harmonies.
The CSQ is highly committed to education and community engagement. They have presented educational programs across Canada, the U.S.A., Italy, and France and have held teaching positions with a number of well-known institutions. They are currently Ensemble in Residence at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music.
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