Geoff Nuttall co-founded the St. Lawrence String Quartet in 1989, and has since performed as first violinist of the renowned chamber ensemble more than 2,000 times on stages around the world, delighting audiences with the quartet’s brand of technical skill and musical passion. “The St. Lawrence,” writes Alex Ross of The New Yorker, “are remarkable not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection.”
Nuttall and the St. Lawrence String Quartet first played Spoleto Festival USA in 1995, and over the years have become welcome regulars in the beloved chamber music series. In 2009, Spoleto Festival USA named Nuttall Director for Chamber Music, and 2010 marked his inaugural season in his new leadership role.
The multi-award-winning St. Lawrence String Quartet, in addition to their busy concert and recording schedule, have served as Graduate Ensemble-in-Residence at the Juilliard School, Yale University, and Hartt School of Music, acting as teaching assistants to the Juilliard, Tokyo, and Emerson String Quartets, respectively. Nuttall is now on faculty at Stanford University, where the St. Lawrence String Quartet has been Ensemble-in-Residence since 1999, and makes his home in California’s Bay Area with his wife, violinist Livia Sohn, and their young son, Jack.