Morrison Artists Series: Thalea String Quartet
“Thalea never failed to deliver a stirring performance.” — Calgary Herald
- Christopher Whitley, violin
- Kumiko Sakamoto, violin
- Luis Bellorín, viola
- Titilayo Ayangade, cello
The Thalea String Quartet is devoted to building a new and diverse audience for chamber music through innovative programming and community engagement. Formed in 2014 at the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy, the Thalea String Quartet has been praised for its “vibrant performance” and “sincere expressivity” (San Francisco Classical Voice). The quartet has performed recitals in Italy, France, the United States and Canada and was appointed as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s first quartet-in-residence from 2015 to 2017.
CultureTrip.com named the Thalea as one of the “Top 10 Bay Area Quartets You Should Know,” and it won the 2016 Barbara Fritz Chamber Music Award from the Berkeley Piano Club. The quartet made its debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in early 2016.
- Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809): String Quartet Op. 20, No. 3 in G Minor
- Vincent Calianno (1979 – ): A History of the String Quartet in its Natural Habitat (for string quartet and pre-recorded electronics)*
- Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975): String Quartet No. 3 in F Major
Photo by Titilayo Ayangade