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Praised for their “vibrant performance” and “sincere expressivity” (SF Classical Voice), the Thalea String Quartet is one of San Francisco’s newest up and coming string quartets. Formed in 2014 at the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy, the Thalea String Quartet has performed recitals in Italy, the United States and Canada and was recently appointed as the first quartet-in-residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. They were named one of the “Top 10 Bay Area Quartets You Should Know” by CultureTrip.com and have been described as “having the potential to be one of the finest [quartets] of its generation” by the Calgary Herald.

 

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Praised for their “vibrant performance” and “sincere expressivity” (SF Classical Voice), the Thalea String Quartet is one of San Francisco’s newest up and coming string quartets. Formed in 2014 at the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy, the Thalea String Quartet has performed recitals in Italy, the United States and Canada and was recently appointed as the first quartet-in-residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. They were named one of the “Top 10 Bay Area Quartets You Should Know” by CultureTrip.com and have been described as “having the potential to be one of the finest [quartets] of its generation” by the Calgary Herald.

The Thalea String Quartet has worked with members of the Juilliard Quartet, the Alexander Quartet and the Kronos Quartet. During their residency at The Banff Centre in June 2015, they worked with Gilbert Kallish, Alasdair Tait and Mark Steinberg.

Highlights of their 2015/16 season include performances of the Mendelssohn Octet with the Borromeo Quartet, Chausson’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet with Geoff Nuttall and Mozart’s String Quintet in G minor with Jodi Levitz.


Christopher Whitley (violin) is originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Kumiko Sakamoto (violin) is from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada.

Luis Bellorin (viola) is from Naperville, Illinois

Bridget Pasker (cello) is from Dubuque, Iowa.


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