“Vibrant performance.”—San Francisco Classical Voice
“Thalea never failed to deliver a stirring performance” —Calgary Herald
Top prize-winners at both the 2018 Fischoff and Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competitions, the Thalea String Quartet brings together artists of Nigerian, Venezuelan, Japanese and Canadian heritage. The quartet was founded in 2014 and made their U.S. début at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in 2016. They have performed across North America and in Italy and France.
Thalea was appointed Young Professional Quartet-in-Residency at the University of Texas, Austin Butler School of Music beginning in September 2018. They were also the inaugural Quartet-in-Residence of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 2015-17, and are Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel Associated Artists in 2018, under the mentorship of the Artemis Quartet
The Quartet prides itself on the range of its collaborations. They have shared the stage with the Borromeo Quartet in the Mendelssohn Octet, and with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and vocalist Caroline Shaw in works for voice and string quartet. They have also performed alongside Geoff Nuttall of the St. Lawrence String Quartet and composer Mason Bates.
The Thalea String Quartet participated in the 2017 KRONOS Festival, where they performed works from the Kronos Quartet’s “50 for the Future” Project. They are the Sphinx Ensemble at the 2018 Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Michigan and Ensemble-in-Residence at the 2018 Bear Valley Music Festival in California.
The quartet's 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.
The Thalea String Quartet is dedicated to building a new and diverse audience for chamber music through innovative programming and community engagement.