Non-traditional in their delivery, QSF redefines the sound of chamber music. "When the music says swing, we swing. When the music says groove, we groove."
Three-time Grammy nominees and International Tango competition winners, Quartet San Francisco expresses itself in its agility and standout virtuosic playing. Quartet San Francisco was founded in 2001 by celebrated Bay Area violinist and composer-arranger Jeremy Cohen. Along with violinist Joseph Christianson, violist Chad Kaltinger, and cellist Andres Vera, these crossover specialists excel in multiple styles - from jazz to tango, pop to funk, blues to bluegrass, gypsy swing to big band and beyond.
Since its concert debut in 2001, Quartet San Francisco has offered its groundbreaking literature to local, national and international audiences in performing arts centers, tango and concert halls, jazz festivals, museums, and classrooms. In 2002 the quartet began its on-stage collaborations with tango dancers Sandor and Parissa.
Quartet San Francisco recently toured Italy, China, South Korea, Japan, and Turkey, performing in Cremona, San Giovanni in Galdo, Seoul, Tokyo, Hyogo, Sanda, and Istanbul. Recent U.S. appearances include the Monterey Jazz Festival, Napa Valley Opera House, Berkeley Art Museum, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Minn., Old Town Temecula Community Theater, New York's Le Poisson Rouge, Yoshi's Jazz Club in San Francisco as the inaugural guests of "The Artist Sessions," the Brubeck Room in the Wilton (Conn.) Library, the Mendocino Music Festival, in concert with the Marin Symphony and Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead in San Rafael, Calif., the Bay Area's Peninsula Symphony, the Tulsa Symphony, and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. They have appeared at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y., Troy Music Hall in Troy, N.Y., Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, Cafe Tortoni in Buenos Aires, Portland (Ore.) Friends of Chamber Music, the La Jolla Music Society, Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society Summer Music Festival, University of Vermont Lane Series, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, St. Peter's Church in New York, N.Y., Dumbarton Concert Series in Washington, D.C., Manhattan School of Music, Berklee College of Music, The Jazzschool in Berkeley, Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, San Francisco Performances, Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival, and the University of the Pacific's Brubeck Festival at Mills College in Oakland, Calif.
QSF's September 2018 CD release, A QSF Journey (Reference Recordings), features new chamber music from Jeremy Cohen, Helmut Lipsky, and Giovanni Sollima, and showcases world music and the lyrical leanings of the group. Their 2013 disc, Pacific Premieres: New Works by California Composers (Violinjazz Recordings), received two composer Grammy nominations (Gordon Goodwin and Vince Mendoza). In 2010 the quartet and its engineers were awarded two Grammy nominations for their release QSF Plays Brubeck (Violinjazz Recordings), and the quartet appeared on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday in a studio interview with Leane Hansen. Their Latin and tango CD, Latigo (Violinjazz Recordings, 2006), was honored with Grammy nominations for Best Classical Crossover and Best Engineered, Classical. The quartet members were again Classical Crossover Grammy nominees for Whirled Chamber Music (Violinjazz Recordings, 2007), " ... what could easily be the most cheerful and brilliantly-executed release of 2007" (Judith Schlesinger, All About Jazz).
Works from our new CD "A QSF Journey"
Tango Carnevale for String Quartet by Jeremy Cohen Federico II by Giovanni Sollima Tango Eight by Jeremy Cohen
Two from West Side Story: Tonight / America By Leonard Bernstein arr Cohen Gee Officer Krupke by Leonard Bernstein arr Cohen
JEREMY COHEN, violin
From Oakland, California, Jeremy Cohen is from a family of five musicians. Classicallytrained and a student of Itzhak Perlman and Anne Crowden, Cohen's eclectic style reflects his respect for a wide range of violinists from Perlman and Fritz Kreisler to Joe Venuti and Eddie South. He has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras including the Virginia Symphony, the California Symphony and the Reno Philharmonic. His recording credits include motion picture and television soundtracks including The Dukes of Hazzard and Jane Fonda's Dollmaker, and as concertmaster on recordings with Linda Ronstadt, Ray Charles, Aaron Neville, Howard Keel and Cleo Laine. He appeared on Carlos Santana's Grammy-winning CD Supernatural and the original Star Wars compilation CD with John Williams. On the stage he was the solo violinist in Forever Tango and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. He has toured and recorded with the Grammy Awardwinning Turtle Island Quartet. Cohen's orchestral arrangements have been featured by numerous orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony, and the San Jose and San Francisco Chamber Orchestras. As an educator, he has served on the faculties of the Henry Mancini Institute (Los Angeles), The Jazz School (Berkeley, CA) and the Stanford Jazz Workshop. In 2004 Cohen released Jeremy Cohen and Friends Celebrate Joe Venuti - 100 Years (VAI), a DVD tribute to Joe Venuti. Cohen and Violinjazz pay homage to violinist Eddie South in the 2010 release, The Music of Eddie South (Sono Luminous). Jeremy Cohen has received multiple Grammy nominations for CDs he produced and with Quartet San Francisco (Violinjazz Recordings). Most of their multi-genre material has been composed or arranged by Cohen who aspires to widen the repertoire available to modern string players.
JOSEPH CHRISTIANSON, violin
A graduate of San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Joseph has performed in venues throughout the United States and across the globe, including a 2012 production of La Boheme at the Muscat Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman, under Lorin Maazel's baton. Joseph has toured and taught chamber music workshops with Quartet San Francisco. As a member of Lazuli String Quartet, he has performed in concert series at Noe Valley Chamber Music and San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and worked with members of the Kronos Quartet, Takacs Quartet, and Danish Quartet. Originally from San Luis Obispo, California, Joseph has played with conductors including Lorin Maazel, Kent Nagano, and Scott Yoo. In 2017 he performed with violinists Andrew Wan and Stefan Hersh in a video of Peter Norman's virtuoso ensemble piece Gran Turismo, produced and published by the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. Joseph has been awarded fellowships at Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Castleton Festival, Mendocino Music Festival, and the Rubin Institute of Music Criticism. During his studies at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and San Francisco Conservatory of Music, his mentors have included Nina Bodnar, Herbert Greenberg, Axel Strauss, and Bettina Mussumeli.
CHAD KALTINGER, viola
Chad Kaltinger is an active freelancer in the San Francisco area and maintains a busy schedule as orchestral violist, chamber musician, soloist, and recording artist. Principal violist for Opera San Jose and the Santa Cruz Symphony, he is a frequent guest principal at the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. Chad has performed in many festivals around the U.S. including Music in the Mountains, Arizona Musicfest, South by Southwest, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Mendocino Music Festival. He is an active proponent of new music and performs regularly with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the University of California-Santa Cruz New Music Works Ensemble, and the Worn Chamber Ensemble. He was the soloist in the 2012 U.S. premiere of Noam Sheriff's Canarian Vespers, for solo viola and strings, with the Cadenza Chamber Orchestra in Santa Cruz, California. Chad hails from Chicago where he began his studies at age 9. He studied at the Music Institute of Chicago in Wilmette, Ill. with Peter Slowik, and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Emanuel Vardi. As a fellowship student at the Aspen Music Festival he studied with Heidi Castleman and Victoria Chiang. Chad was the winner of the 1994 E. Nakamichi Viola Concerto Competition at the Aspen Music Festival.
ANDRES VERA, cello
A native of Puerto Rico, Andres Vera brings a rich mix of cultural influences to his playing. Surrounded by the sounds of salsa, reggae, Latin jazz, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms, Andres grew up with an affinity for music and its variety, color, and ethnic diversity. He was invited to join the cello section of the Miami Symphony Orchestra at the age of 17. Andres holds a B.A. degree from the University of Miami and an M.M. degree and postgraduate Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He studied with Ross Harbaugh, Jean-Michel Fonteneau and Jennifer Culp. Andres is a founding member of the Cello Street Quartet, with whom he traveled in 2014 to Russia, Kosovo and Hungary for the U.S. State Department. Andres Vera is a skilled collaborator and performer of Classical and Baroque cello repertoire. He currently performs as a soloist, orchestra member, and chamber musician, and has been seen in countless cabaret venues throughout the Bay Area. Andres teaches at Sacred Heart Preparatory High School in San Francisco. He is also an instructor for the YMCA of San Francisco's After School Program, fostering the next generation of young cellists.
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