Saint John String Quartet & Jacques Dupriez
Label: Leaf Music
Saint John String Quartet; Dupriez, Jacques
The Saint John String Quartet’s active concertizing schedule of over 125 concerts a year has taken them throughout Canada, the US, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, and China. Their second album won the ECMA “Best Classical Album of the Year” award. The group can be often heard on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio waves, the Internet and on four award-winning albums. In 1995 the Saint John String Quartet presented the first chamber music concert on the World Wide Web. The eighteenth-century baritone violin, tuned an octave below the modern violin, fell into disuse because of its very large size- it’s larger than a viola- but today this instrument is being restored to its rightful place by Jacques Dupriez. Dupriez concertizes throughout the world as a soloist and chamber musician, performing transcribed classical repertoire and new works. As a violist, Dupriez has served as a principal in symphony orchestras and won several international prizes. He teaches at Belgium’s Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles.