Comprised of violinists Ann Elliott-Goldschmid and Sharon Stanis, violist Joanna Hood, and cellist Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, The Lafayette String Quartet (LSQ) introduced their unanimous choice to retire from performing in August 2023.
As the one all-female ensemble on the planet with all 4 authentic members, they gained a number of awards of their early years — together with the Grand prize on the Fischoff Nationwide Chamber Music Competitors and prizes on the Portsmouth Worldwide String Quartet Competitors and the Chicago Discovery Competitors. As winners of the 1988 Cleveland String Quartet Competitors, the LSQ studied with the Cleveland Quartet on the Eastman College of Music.
Amongst their different musical mentors have been the Amadeus and the Alban Berg Quartets and Russian violinist Rostislav Dubinsky, founding father of the Borodin Quartet, who labored straight with composer Dmitri Shostakovich.
In 1991, the 4 ladies turned artists-in-residence on the College of Victoria’s College of Music, in British Columbia, Canada, the place they taught and carried out. Having acquired honorary doctorates from College Canada West, they have been additionally honored with the inaugural Craigdarroch Award for Excellence in Inventive Expression from the College of Victoria.
Together with performing the entire Beethoven cycle of string quartets and the total Mozart quartets and quintet cycles, the group additionally introduced the chronological cycle of Shostakovich’s 15 string quartets over a collection of 5 concert events at UVic in 2017.
In 2005, the LSQ additionally created the annual Lafayette Well being Consciousness Sequence to supply skilled info on varied well being matters starting from COVID-19, getting older, mind well being, and breast most cancers — the latter of which impressed the collection, following a 2001 prognosis and remedy for one in all its members.
Of their remaining season, the LSQ will document 5 new commissions by feminine composers, amongst different efficiency initiatives.
“Along with their internationally acclaimed efficiency historical past, the quartet has remodeled the educating of chamber music at UVic, coaching and mentoring a technology of over 400 string musicians and creating the grasp’s of music in string quartet efficiency — the one program of its sort in Canada,” Vice Provost Susan Lewis, who as former dean of UVic’s School of Positive Arts.
“We simply thought we’d do that for 2 or three years, however right here we’re over 35 years later — and what an expertise we’ve had,” says Highbaugh Aloni. “However nice issues must cease in some unspecified time in the future, and this feels just like the pure time to complete.”
“We may by no means have dreamed of this journey. We’ve actually had a fantastic run,” she added.