Biography

The West End String Quartet came together in 2005 because of their shared passion for chamber music. Since then, WESQ has been entertaining audiences across New England with an exciting and varied repertoire of chamber music. 

Strong advocates of contemporary music, WESQ strives to bring new and uncommon repertoire to their concerts, pairing them with traditional works. In 2006, the quartet collaborated with Ruby Fulton for the premiere of The Slow Revolution. Repeat performances of this work were sponsored by an Encore grant from the American Composers Forum. Highlights of recent years include the Ives Vocal Marathon Project at Wesleyan University, and the premieres of James T. Lindsay's Second String Quartet and Dan Román’s Sonora Complexidad.  WESQ has performed music by local composers on Capitol Community College’s Hartford Composers Series. In 2011, WESQ toured the East Coast with the modern opera company Rhymes With Opera, giving performances in unconventional spaces to appreciative audiences in Brooklyn, Baltimore, Hartford, and Boston.

The West End String Quartet

In the summer of 2007, the quartet performed at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado as the festival's Young Artists Ensemble-in-Residence. In the summer of 2010, the quartet participated in the Professional Studies program at Soundfest Chamber Music Festival, where they spent two weeks performing and coaching chamber music with the Colorado Quartet. In past seasons, the quartet has performed at St. James's Episcopal Church in West Hartford, the Universalist Church of West Hartford, on the Music @ First Series, River Crossings Concert Series, at the Arts Institute of Western Maine, and at Wesleyan University, Western New England College, Trinity College, and the Hartt School

Dedicated teachers as well, the quartet leads the chamber music program at Wesleyan University, and presents a series of chamber music masterclasses at The Hartt School Community Division. Members of the quartet teach individually at The Hartt School Community Division, Baypath College, Three Rivers Community College, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, The David Einfeldt Chamber Music Seminar at Hartt, and Strings by the Sea in San Diego, and perform in Hartford, Springfield, New Haven, Vermont, Eastern Connecticut and Waterbury Symphony Orchestras.

Member Bios

Sarah Washburn
Marianne Vogel
John Biatowas
Anne Berry

Upcoming Concerts

Danny's Concert: A chamber music program to welcome Autumn!

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018, 4:00PM

Union Arts Center
2 Union Street
Sparkill, NY 10976

Charles Yassky and friends perform chamber music for clarinet, strings and piano by Neely Bruce, Roger Király, Jordan Dykstra and W.A.Mozart in a remembrance of Danny Klein.

Performers are Charles Yassky, clarinet, Neely Bruce, piano and the West End String Quartet. The program will conclude with the Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581 by Mozart, a piece written for the clarinet shortly after the instrument was invented and still one of the most revered and widely performed works for clarinet and strings.

Free event, but space is limited and reserving tickets is recommended.

All contributions will benefit the Danny’s Promise program at Jawonio.