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Music Alumnae Earn Top Prize

Former SDSU resident musicians earned the 2013 John Lad Prize.
The quartet previously held the prestigious Fisch/Axelrod residency with the School of Music and Dance from 2007-2009.
The quartet previously held the prestigious Fisch/Axelrod residency with the School of Music and Dance from 2007-2009.

The St. Lawrence Quartet, in collaboration with Stanford Live and Vancouver's Music on Main, awarded former San Diego State University resident musical group, the Cecilia String Quartet, its 2013 John Lad Prize.

The quartet previously held the prestigious Fisch/Axelrod residency with the School of Music and Dance from 2007-2009.

Now in its third year, the John Lad Prize includes an invitation for the quartet to appear in the upcoming concert series of both awarding organizations.

“This award recognizes the Cecilia Quartet not only for the extraordinary impact this young ensemble has made already on the world's concert stages but perhaps more significantly for the impact off stage — for their dedication and generous contributions as chamber music ambassadors in the greater community,” said Leslie Robertson, co-founder of the St. Lawrence Quartet.

SDSU residency

While at SDSU, the Cecilia Quartet engaged in teaching and outreach on behalf of the School of Music and Dance and the La Jolla Music Society, an “invaluable” experience in building their strength as an ensemble, according to the group.

In addition to their two-year residency at SDSU, the quartet has held teaching and outreach positions at numerous universities across the United States and Canada, including a recent fellowship at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Other accolades

In 2010, the quartet won first prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition. The quartet was also the subject of the award-winning documentary, “Applauding the Cecilias,” which chronicled the journey of the quartet in the highly competitive world of music performance.

Now based in Toronto, Canada, the Cecilia String Quartet consists of Min-Jeong Koh and Sarah Nematallah, violin; Caitlin Boyle, viola; and Rachel Desoer, cello.

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