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Del Sol String Quartet: Bio


The San Francisco based Del Sol String Quartet, two-time winner of the top Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, is breaking the boundaries of classical music in riveting performances of new music with a global pulse.

Critically acclaimed as "steeped in bravery and imagination," this high energy quartet of master musicians explores new ways to interact with audiences, composers and artists across cultures and art forms. Del Sol commissions and performs accessible new music from the brightest living voices around the world. Many of the group's captivating performances include innovative collaborations with electronica and traditional instruments from other cultures – Asian, Latin American and indigenous Australian. Del Sol also has astounded audiences with one-of-a-kind multimedia dance, video and opera productions.

Del Sol's members are violinists Kate Stenberg and Rick Shinozaki, violist Charlton Lee and cellist Kathryn Bates Williams. Since its inception in 1992 at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Quartet has worked its magic performing on prominent concert series worldwide, including the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Smithsonian Museum and National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, Symphony Space in New York City, Other Minds Festival of New Music San Francisco, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Santa Cruz, CA, Davos and Hirzenberg Music Festivals Switzerland, Chengdu Festival of Contemporary Music Chengdu China, Santa Fe Opera New Music Series, Chautauqua Institution Chautauqua, NY, Candlelight Concerts Columbia, MD, University of Vermont Lane Series and the bi-coastal Pacific Rim Festival co-presented by the University of California at Santa Cruz and Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.

Del Sol's five commercial CD releases have been universally praised by critics, including Gramophone, which hailed the quartet as "masters of all musical things," and The Strad, which lauded the ensemble's "gloriously opulent, full-throated tone."

With its deep commitment to education, Del Sol has reached thousands of K-12 students through inventive school performances, workshops, coaching and residencies. The Quartet members also have worked closely with student composers, musicians and faculty artists at universities across the country, including Dartmouth, MIT, Brandeis, Northeastern, University of New Mexico, University of California at Berkeley and Santa Cruz, the Manhattan School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, among others. 

1 Frank: An Andean Walkabout/Toyos  
2 Frank: An Andean Walkabout/Tarqueada  
3 Frank: An Andean Walkabout/Himno de Zamponas  
4 Frank: An Andean Walkabout/Chasqui  
5 Frank: An Andean Walkabout/Canto de Volorio  
6 Frank: An Andean Walkabout/Coqueteos  
7 Harrison:String Quar. Set/Vogelweide Song  
8 Harrison:String Quar. Set/Plaint  
9 Harrison:String Quar. Set/Estampie  
10 Harrison:String Quar. Set/Rondeaux  
11 Harrison:String Quar. Set/Usul  
12 Evangelista: Spanish Garland  
13 Vali: Nayshaboorak (Calligraphy #6)  
14 Kats-Chernin: Fast Blue Village 2  
DEL SOL STRING QUARTET - Chasqui: Gabriela Lena Frank
DEL SOL STRING QUARTET - Estampie, Lou Harrison
STRINGWRECK Extended Trailer - Del Sol String Quartet and Garrett+Moulton Productions
Feona Lee Jones ? String Quartet No. 2 "Adrenaline" [Dress Rehearsal] ? Del Sol String Quartet

The Zia Indians' symbol for the sacred sun captures the adventurous spirit and global pulse of this CD from Sono Luminus and the award winning Del Sol String Quartet. The composers represented-Gabriela Lena Frank, Lou Harrison, José Evangelista, Reza Vali and Elena Kats-Chernin-all trained in the Western European tradition, reach back to ancient and traditional folk music sources and cultures from Peru, Turkey, Spain, Iran, and Uzbekistan in creating vibrant new music for string quartet.

13 NEW   35 Total Stations/Shows
SYND: The Romantic Hours
Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Denver, Madison, Canada
Online: MusicClassical, WGOE

Crossover Media Projects with: Del Sol String Quartet