The Saint John String Quartet is as likely to be co-starring with Canadian pop favorites like bluesman Matt Anderson and The Rankin Family or opening for international superstar Meat Loaf as it is to be performing the masterworks of Haydn or Beethoven. It’s this flexibility that makes them popular on stages in Europe, China, Hong Kong, Japan and the USA as well as home.
The Quartet maintains an active schedule of more than 125 concerts each year in addition to their work as the core members of the provincial symphony orchestra in New Brunswick and musicians-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick.
Marking nearly 29 years together, the group released their fifth album – Montage – in October 2014. The Saint John String Quartet focuses on performing and recording works that are new, innovative or under appreciated in the classical music world and their latest recording achieves it all.
Their fourth album attracted a Juno nomination in the Classical Composition of the Year category, and a Music NB award for Best Album of the Year. They were awarded the 2012 Lieutenant Governor's NBYO Award, which recognizes their leadership and contributions to the musical development of youth and the orchestral community in New Brunswick. They were awarded a Saint John Arts Award for Classical Music in 2012.
Recordings by the Saint John String Quartet may frequently be heard on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation airwaves, including their second CD, which won the East Coast Music Award for "Best Classical Album of the Year". In 1995, the Saint John String Quartet presented the first chamber music concert on the World Wide Web, and continues to maintain a presence on YouTube and various social media channels.
The Quartet has played for the Prime Minister of Canada, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth the Second and at prestigious festivals such as the Tochigi Music Festival in Japan, the Arcady festival in the USA and the Forbidden City Festival in Beijing, China. The Saint John String Quartet recently completed a successful concert tour in France in November and has been invited back to France and Belgium for a tour in 2016. Later in 2016 the Quartet will Tour Latin American countries for the first time.
Danielle Sametz, a violinist from Saskatchewan, recently joined the Quartet's three original members - David Adams (violin), Chris Buckley (viola) and Sonja Adams (cello).