Kumiko Sakamoto

violin

Kumiko Sakamoto, violin

Recently named the first quartet-in-residence at the San Francisco Conservatory, the Thalea String Quartet is one of San Francisco’s newest up and coming string quartets. Since forming in 2014 at the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy, the Thalea String Quartet has performed a number of recitals in both Italy and the Bay Area. They have worked with members of the Juilliard Quartet, the Kronos Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Ives Quartet and the Alexander Quartet. 

Christopher Whitley (violin) is originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Kumiko Sakamoto (violin) is from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada; Luis Bellorin (viola) is from Naperville, Illinois, and Bridget Pasker (cello) is from Dubuque, Iowa.

 

members

Christoper Whitley, violin

Kumiko Sakamoto, violin

Luis Bellorin, viola

Bridget Pasker, cello

Concerts

For Thalea String Quartet schedule, CLICK HERE.

February 25, 2016, Thalea String Quartet Performs Caroline Shaw’s Entr’Acte, SFCM
March 18, 2016, Borromeo String Quartet with Thalea String Quartet, SFCM
March 13, 2016, Kumiko Sakamoto in Recital, SFCM
October 25, 2015, SFMusic Day, War Memorial Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
October 13, 2015, Thalea String Quartet Recital, SFCM
October 2, 2015, Thalea String Quartet @ Mercury Soul, Ruby Skye, San Francisco
October 1, 2015, Thalea String Quartet Performs Caroline Shaw’s Entr’Acte, SFCM
September 18, 2015, Old First Concerts, San Francisco
September 13, 2015, The Soul Searching Mozart, SFCM, Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall
July 2, 2015, Thalea String Quartet at The Esplanade, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
June 25, 2015, Music for a Summer Evening, The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada
June 12, 2015, Music for a Summer Evening, The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada
April 26, 2015, Kumiko Sakamoto Graduation Recital
July 14, 2014, Chiesa Di San Pantaleone, Courmayeur, Valle d’Aosta, Italy
July 17, 2014, Jardin de l'Ange, Courmayeur, Valle d’Aosta, Italy
July 18, 2014, Jardin de l'Ange, Courmayeur, Valle d’Aosta, Italy
July 22, Museo Diocesano Chiostro dei Canonici di San Lorenzo, Genoa, Italy
November 13, 2014, SFCM, Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall
December 10, 2014, SFCM, Sol Joseph Recital Hall
December 14, 2014, SFCM, Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall

masterclasses

Geoff Nuttall
Jennifer Culp
Mack McCray
Bettina Mussumeli
Robin Sutherland
Kenneth Slowik
Gilbert Kallish
Alasdair Tait
Mark Steinberg

 

 Photos © Valentina Sadiul