Rossetti String Quartet
Henry Gronnier, violin ~ Sara Parkins, violin ~ Thomas Diener, viola ~ Eric Gaenslen, cello
Photo credit: Chuck Espinoza
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"The Rossetti's tone had a sensual finish, and its phrasing practically palpitated with ardor and mystery."
~ Washington Post
Rossetti String Quartet, lyrical and lush
Change brings good things to the Rossetti String Quartet, as founding member Henry Gronnier moves to first chair and chamber music veteran Sara Parkins (of the Grammy Award-winning Angeles Quartet) becomes the second violinist, joining the extraordinary Thomas Diener, violist and Eric Gaenslan, cellist.
With its trademark lush lyricism and subtle, colorful palette, the Rossetti offers concerts of all-Russian, all-French and all-Dvorak programs in 2010/11. (November 2009)
Rossetti String Quartet lights-up New York's Frick with Mozart, Dvorak and Ravel
It's a busy month for the ROSSETTI STRING QUARTET with performances in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; and a New York City concert of Mozart, Dvorak and Ravel at the Frick Collection. The Quartet then heads to Woodstock, New York for their annual rock-star appearance at Maverick Concerts. The summer also included their annual residency at Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and a return to Spoleto Festival, Italy.
The upcoming season sees the Rossettis on tour with harpist YOLANDA KONDONASSIS in California, Wisconsin and New York, and at the 92nd Street Y with soprano JULIANE BANSE. They also return to The Music Guild of Los Angeles for concerts and outreach in inner-city LA. (July 2007)
The ROSSETTI STRING QUARTET opens 2007 in Florida at the Flagler Museum of Art
2006 ended on a high note for the Rossetti String Quartet, with an appearance at San Francisco Performances "of some individuality and considerable visceral excitement." (San Francisco Classical Voice, Dec. 2006)
The new year opens this month with a concert of Debussy and Dvorak at the Flagler Museum of Art in Miami, before the Quartet returns to the Carlsen Center in Kansas in February for a continuing residency. The Rossettis then concertize at Whittier College in California and at the Ensemble Music Society in Indianapolis, before heading to Europe for an April tour of the Netherlands, performing Haydn's Quartet in F Major and Brahms and Schumann piano quintets with colleague and frequent collaborator, Jean-Yves Thibaudet. (January 2007)
The Rossetti String Quartet wraps up a rocking summer with performances at Maverick Concerts and Mostly Mozart
It's been a full summer season for the Rossetti String Quartet, with performances of Dvorak, Mozart, Shostakovich and more at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart and their annual return to Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, New York, bringing their "rock-star glamour along with their warm and inviting musicianship" to all stops (The New Yorker, 8/28/06).
This season the Rossettis look forward to performances in Indianapolis at the Ensemble Music Society, at SUNY Purchase and Whittier College, and their debuts at San Francisco Performances and the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach in programs of Mozart, Dvorak and Debussy. The Rossettis continue their residency at the Carlsen Center in Kansas City this season, and will tour the Netherlands this spring with fellow rock-star and frequent collaborator Jean-Yves Thibaudet. (September 2006)
The Rossetti String Quartet wins acclaim at the Concertgebouw
The Rossetti String Quartet wrapped up a triumphant 2005 with an enthusiastically received debut at the Concertgebouw, winning an immediate re-engagement for next season. After returning to the US, the RSQ moved on to a full winter/spring schedule of performances and masterclasses, with a residency at the Carlsen Center in Kansas and touring dates in California this month and next.
Around the corner, the Rossetti String Quartet returns to the Vail Bravo! Festival, Maverick Concerts in Woodstock and makes their debut at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. (March 2006)
The Rossetti String Quartet puts the sizzle into summer with appearances at Vail, Mostly Mozart, Mexico and more!
The Rossetti String Quartet wrapped up a sizzling summer with a Mostly Mozart Festival debut on August 19 and 20. These appearances followed highly acclaimed performances at the Bravo! Vail Festival in Colorado, Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, NY with pianist Ursula Oppens, and the San Miguel de Allende Chamber Music Festival in Mexico - with immediate re-engagements at both Vail and Maverick! This season the Quartet will debut in Madrid at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, as well as recital performances throughout the U.S. (September 2005)
Rossetti String Quartet returns favor to the Lucerne Festival at Carnegie Hall
Billed as "An evening with the Rossetti String Quartet to benefit the American Friends of Lucerne Festival" elegant attendees filled Weill Recital Hall to hear luxurious performances of the Beethoven Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4 and Astor Piazzolla's Tango Ballet on March 3. The Quartet's unorthodox career path has periodically turned heads in our traditional world of chamber music, but Lucerne Festival director Michael Haefliger took a leap of faith by presenting the Quartet's debut in summer 2004 and thought of them immediately for the fancy-dress New York benefit. (April 2005)