“Vibrant performance.”—San Francisco Classical Voice
“Thalea never failed to deliver a stirring performance” —Calgary Herald
"Just when I thought our society was falling apart, along came the Thalea Quartet's vivid, expansive performances! Their beautifully textured sound is enveloped by thrilling individual brilliance and highlighted by a rare, magnetic quartet sense emanating from every note they play. Hearing the Thalea Quartet makes me feel very happy and gives me hope for the future. They are great ambassadors for music." —David Harrington, Kronos Quartet
The Thalea String Quartet brings together artists of Nigerian, Venezuelan, Japanese and Canadian heritage. With repertoire as diverse as its members, and every bit as exuberant, Thalea connects with audiences on a musical, emotional and personal level, from first-time listeners to string quartet aficionados.
Top prize-winners at both the 2018 Fischoff and Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competitions, Thalea was founded in 2014 and made its U.S. début at the Kennedy Center in 2016. They have performed across North America and in Italy, France and Belgium.
Thalea has shared the stage with the Borromeo Quartet in the Mendelssohn Octet, with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer/vocalist Caroline Shaw, and with Geoff Nuttall of the St. Lawrence String Quartet.
Thalea participated in the 2017 KRONOS Festival and are Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel Associated Artists in 2018, under the mentorship of the Artemis Quartet. Other mentors have included members of the Juilliard, Kronos, Takács, Pacifica and Danish String Quartets. During multiple residencies at the Banff Centre they worked with Gilbert Kalish, Mark Steinberg, Alasdair Tait and the JACK and Miró Quartets.
Individual members also perform jazz, compose for interactive visual art, sing with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, dance ballet, and occasionally act on a hit TV show.