NEW ORFORD STRING QUARTET
Jonathan Crow and Andrew Wan, violins
Eric Nowlin, viola
Brian Manker, cello
The New Orford String Quartet was formed in July 2009, taking its name from the great Canadian quartet, the Orford String Quartet. It gave its first concert for a sold-out audience at the Orford Arts Centre. The quartet received unanimous critical acclaim for this concert, including two Opus Awards for Concert of the Year, as well as a glowing review in the Montreal Gazette. In the short time since its creation the New Orford Quartet has seen astonishing success, performing throughout Canada and the United States, as well as being featured on numerous CBC concert broadcasts and recording quartets by Beethoven, Brahms, and Haydn for CBC video. The members of the New Orford String Quartet are all principal players in the Montreal and Toronto Symphony Orchestras. The New Orford String Quartet is dedicated to promoting Canadian works, both new commissions and works from the past hundred years. In 2011 the New Orford String Quartet released its début album of the final quartets of Schubert and Beethoven on Bridge Records to international acclaim. Described as one of the top CDs of 2011 by La Presse and CBC In Concert, it was nominated for a JUNO Award in 2012. Brian Manker plays on a cello made by Pietro Guarneri of Venice in 1729, and a bow by François Peccatte loaned by Canimex.
Photo: Alain Lefort