Amati String Quartet


Founded in 1985 as resident ensemble of the Peterborough Chamber Music Festival, the Toronto-based Amati Quartet has become known for its innovative programming and its constant quest for truth and beauty in chamber music. The group has been featured by the Elora Festival in new works by Srul Irving Glick, by the CBC in the works of Milton Barnes, in the world premiere CD recording of a work by David Fox and in the world premiere recording of Christopher Donison's Rashomon. In may, 1999 the quartet performed the world premiere of Andrew P. MacDonald's Quartet #3, commissioned by the Amati with the assistance of the Canada Council.

In 1997 the Amati Quartet was appointed Resident String Quartet at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, where they performed a series of chamber music concerts, formed the nucleus of the ensemble accompanying The Chocolate Soldier of Oscar Strauss, recorded the incidental music used for the run of The Seagull of Chekhov, and were featured on the first CD ever produced by The Shaw Festival. In March of 1999 The Royal Ontario Museum featured the quartet along with visual artists, dancers, and narrators Angela Fusco and Veronica Tennant in seven family concerts during the Spring Break.

The quartet has appeared in concerts in Toronto, Elora, Orillia and Peterborough, in several CBC broadcasts and in concert with such well-known Canadian artists as pianists Judith Peleg and Marie-André Ostiguy, clarinetist James Campbell, flutist Virginia Markson and harpist Erica Goodman and flutist Suzanne Shulman. Their series at Eden United Church in Mississauga in the 1998-99 season was a resounding success, as were concerts in Thornhill, Harbourfront and at the Royal Ontario Museum.

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