ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET
Formed in 2007, the eddings quickly became one of the references for the interpretation of classical and romantic repertoire for string quartet, offering a fine and intelligent reading of these often heard works. Their use of historical instruments, particularly with the use of gut strings gives them a warm and captivating sound that has captured the audiences.
The first two discs recorded by the Edding Quartet – Haydn: Quartets op.77 and op.103, and Mozart: K.421 and the quintet with clarinet, served by the incomparable sound of Nicola Boud – released in 2009 and 2010 by the dutch label Et’Cetera, were met with enthusiasm by the international press.
Since their inception, in addition to the quartet repertoire, the eddings have heavily invested in larger formations of chamber music. They play regularly as a quintet, notably with the pianists Bertrand Chamayou, Alain Planès, and Boyan Vodenitcharov, but more importantly they formed together with clarinetist Nicola Boud, bassoonist Julien Debordes, horn player Nicolas Chedmail, and double bassist Damien Guffroy, the Northernlight ensemble who explores the major works from the classical and romantic repertoire for strings and winds.
The third release in their discography, released in September 2014 on the Fuga Libera - Outhere music -, is devoted to one of the great works of the time, the Octet D. 803 by Franz Schubert.
Since 2014, the eddings thus have chosen to concentrate on later repertoire, including Schubert, Brahms, Mendelssohn, but also the late quartets of Beethoven. The 13th Beethoven’s string quartet and the Große Fuge was released in 2016, also on Fuga Libera.
“Modern,” “dramatic,” “superb,” “wickedly attentive,” “with a hint of rock 'n roll energy” are just a few ways critics describe the musical phenomenon that is the St Lawrence String Quartet. The SLSQ is renowned for the intensity of its performances, its breadth of repertoire, and its commitment to concert experiences that are at once intellectually exciting and emotionally alive.
Recent highlights include performances with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic and Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony in John Adams's Absolute Jest for string quartet and orchestra, and the European premieres of Adams's second string quartet. Fiercely committed to collaboration with living composers, the SLSQ's fruitful partnership with Adams, Jonathan Berger, Osvaldo Golijov and many others has yielded some of the finest additions to the quartet literature in recent years. The Quartet is also especially dedicated to the music of Haydn, and they released their first set of six Op. 20 quartets for the Berlin-based label eaSonus (www.easonus.com) in the fall of 2019. According to The New Yorker, "...no other North American quartet plays the music of Haydn with more intelligence, expressivity, and force..."
At Stanford, where the quartet has been ensemble-in-residence since 1998, the SLSQ is at the forefront of intellectual life on campus. The SLSQ directs the music department's chamber music program, and frequently collaborates with other departments including the Schools of Law, Medicine, Business and Education. The Quartet frequently performs at Stanford Live, hosts an annual chamber music seminar, and runs the Emerging String Quartet Program through which it mentors the next generation of young quartets. In the words of Alex Ross of The New Yorker: "The St. Lawrence are remarkable not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection."