New Orford String Quartet – a great Canadian success story! Violinists Jonathan Crow and Andrew Wan are concertmasters of the Toronto and Montreal Symphony Orchestras, Eric Nowlin, principal viola at the Detroit Symphony, and Brian Manker is principal cello with MSO. They formed in 2009, following the footsteps of the original Orford Quartet, Canada’s internationally admired ensemble.
Their concept – to bring four elite orchestral leaders together on a regular basis over many years to perform chamber music at the highest level – has resulted in a quartet that maintains a remarkably fresh and virtuosic perspective. While they tour major North American cities, the players also feel strongly about bringing their performances to small rural towns, and performing works by Canadian composers.
They will perform Hétu’s Scherzo, for String Quartet, Op. 54 and Brahms’ String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2. With Adrian Fung, cello they will perform Schubert’s final and beloved chamber work String Quintet in C Major, D. 956, Op. Posth. 163.
“…unfailingly lean, silvery beauty…showed a mastery that cooled Brahms’ anguish just a little and took some of the bluntness off the Beethoven.” Chicago Tribune
“…nothing short of electrifying…These four string virtuosos animate every note with uncommon power and passion as well as elegance. Listen and weep.” The Star