Colin Maier, Oboe, Voice & Saw
Charles Cozens, Accordion
Kirk Starkey, Cello
Tino Popovic, Violin
Virtuosic showpieces, pyrotechnical solos, blazing gypsy show pieces and multi-instrument mastery – this is Quartetto Gelato, a popular and highly unusual classical quartet. With sold-out performances in New York, Washington, L.A., London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and elsewhere, this dazzling ensemble has enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with its exotic blend of musical virtuosity, artistic passion and humour. Classical in training, eclectic by design, Quartetto Gelato not only thrills audiences with its multi-instrument mastery, but also offers the bonus of a brilliant operatic tenor. With a performance repertoire that spans the globe and includes classical masterworks, operatic arias, the sizzling energy of tangos, gypsy and folk songs, the group’s theatrical stage presence and relaxed humour establish an intimate rapport with audiences worldwide.
Quartetto Gelato’s international career was launched when they won the coveted title of NPR Performance Today’s “Debut Artist of the Year.” The group’s first DVD, Quartetto Gelato: A Concert in Wine Country, was picked up by PBS throughout the U.S. in 2007 and is still broadcast regularly. The quartet can be heard on the soundtrack of the Hollywood film Only You, as well as on Ashley MacIsaac’s hit CD Hi How are You Today? Recently, the group was honoured as Best Classical Ensemble at Canada’s 2010 INDIE awards. QG achieved unique global reach when Canadian astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk chose their first two CDs to take on board during his NASA flight on the space shuttle Columbia and they were heard around the world.
Quartetto Gelato released a highly successful first CD in 1994. Subsequent recordings such as Neapolitan Café (2001) and Musica Latina (2009) showcase the ensemble’s flair for imaginative international themes – Travels the Orient Express (2004) features music associated with stops along the route of the famous train. The quartet recorded a Christmas CD in 2010 and has just released its 9th disc, featuring works written for the group by Canadian composers (Rebecca Pellet, Howard Cable, Michael Occhipinti, Hilario Duran and Jossy Abramovich) that highlight its signature style – a blend of fun, eclecticism, international flavours and superb musicianship.