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.
This critically acclaimed group of high energy master musicians explores new ways to interact with audiences, composers, and artists across cultures and art forms. As musical innovators “steeped in bravery and imagination” Del Sol:
•Commissions and performs accessible new music from the brightest living voices around the world–Mason Bates, Gabriela Lena Frank, Chinary Ung, Mohammed Fairouz, Tania León, Peter Sculthorpe, Per Nørgård and many others;
•Creates intriguing programs with electronica and instruments from other cultures–Asian, Latin American and indigenous Australian;
•Astounds audiences with one-of-a-kind multimedia dance, video and opera productions, including its hit music/dance collaboration with celebrated choreographers Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton – STRINGWRECK.
Del Sol’s members are violinists Kate Stenberg and Rick Shinozaki, violist Charlton Lee, and cellist Kathryn Bates. 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 in San Francisco; Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Santa Cruz, CA; Davos and Hirzenberg Music Festivals in Switzerland; Chengdu Festival of Contemporary Music in China; Santa Fe Opera in NM; Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY; Candlelight Concerts, Columbia, MD; University of Vermont Lane Series in Burlington, VT; and the bi-coastal Pacific Rim Festival co- presented by the University of California, 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.
Gabriela Lena Frank: "Chasqui" from Leyendas, An Andean Walkabout