The St. Lawrence String Quartet has spent 15 seasons as the Spoleto Festival USA's Quartet in Residence. Having walked on stage together nearly 2000 times in the last twenty years, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has established itself among the world-class chamber ensembles of its generation. The group continues to build on its reputation for imaginative, spontaneous music making that the Washington Post calls "emotionally high charged but never out of control."
In 1992 the Quartet won the Banff International String Quartet Competition and Young Concert Artists International Auditions, launching a career that has taken them around the world. The quartet is committed to performing and expanding the works of living composers, and has been involved in numerous inventive collaborations, including projects with Pilobolus Dance Theatre and the Emerson Quartet. In 2007 they joined with soprano Heidi Grant Murphy and pianist Kevin Murphy to premiere Roberto Sierra's Songs from the Diaspora. Their discography includes quartets of Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, and the Grammy-nominated release of Osvaldo Golijov's Yiddishbbuk. Since 1998 they have held the position of Ensemble in Residence at Stanford University. Members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet are Geoff Nuttall (violin), Scott St. John (violin), Lesley Robertson (viola) and Christopher Costanza (cello).