An exciting, world-class ensemble, Vancouver-based Borealis String Quartet will begin the Quadra Cultural Committee’s 2014/15 season on Saturday, October 11th at 7:30 pm at the Quadra Community Centre. Described as one of the most dynamic ensembles of its generation, Borealis has been highly praised for its fiery performances, passionate style and refined musical interpretation. Strongly committed to the traditional quartet repertoire, Borealis also promotes new works by Canadian composers.
Founded in 2000, the Borealis String Quartet is made up of violinists Patricia Shih and Yuel Yawney, violist Nikita Pogrebnoy and cellist Bo Peng. Award-winning musicians all, they perform on a quartet of very old and finely crafted Italian stringed instruments on loan from one of the leading stringed instrument collectors in the world: the CHIMEI Culture Foundation. The Rogeri violin dated 1698 and the Storioni violin dated 1780, as well as the Storioni cello dated 1778, were originally crafted in Cremona, Italy. The Mantegazza viola is from Milano, dated 1791.
In its short career, the Borealis String Quartet has toured internationally and performed to sold-out audiences in major cities of the world from New York to Rome to Beijing. It was invited to play at the Aboriginal Pavilion during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, and more recently, has established ties with Asia, touring and teaching in Taiwan. Quartet-in-Residence at UBC for over ten years, its most recent residency has been at the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy. Beginning this fall, Borealis will be Quartet in Residence at Kwantlen University in Langley, BC.
Performing for such dignitaries as the Dali Lama and the Prime Minister of Canada at Parliament Hill, the Borealis was the only classical group to be selected for the Great Canadian Dream competition televised across the nation. Amongst other awards, its most recent CD was nominated for the prestigious Golden Melody Award in Asia.
Following a performance in Calgary, the Calgary Herald wrote: “With its intense, focused style of playing, drawing the maximum expression from every phrase, the quartet presents itself as a group of star players, the energy radiating from them like the stars.” And the Winnipeg News reported “ . . .a combination of superb musicality and impressive technique . . .Energy-charged, yet still full of nuance, they take the audience on an unforgettable ride.”
Let the Borealis String Quartet be your Thanksgiving treat and get your tickets at the usual outlets on Quadra Island at Inspirations (formerly Hummingbird Office and Art Supply) in the Cove and at Works of H’Art in Heriot Bay or at the Music Plant in Campbell River. Advance tickets $20 with tickets available at the door for $17. Students 16 and under will be admitted free with an adult. For more information, please call 250-285-3069 or visit the artists’ website at www.borealisstringquartet.com