The Artaria String Quartet brings to Stringwood their chamber music expertise and success on stage and in the studio. They have been presented at celebrated venues in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Cleveland, Boston, and St. Paul, and have performed to critical acclaim on national television and radio, in Europe, and throughout the United States.

Formed in Boston in 1986, Artaria was mentored by Eugene Lehner of the legendary Kolisch Quartet, and by members of the Budapest, La Salle, Juilliard, Emerson and Cleveland Quartets. The ASQ performed at the 4th Banff International String Quartet Competition and are winners of a prestigious McKnight Performing Artists Award.

Artaria is based in St. Paul, MN where they present their own series of concerts in Hamline University's warm and ambient Sundin Music Hall, and in the magnificent acoustics of Wayzata Community Church. Annually, the Schubert Club of St. Paul sponsors their January composer-cycle concerts at the Landmark Center and Hennepin Art Gallery. Artaria is active on college and university campuses throughout the state of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa, as well as in rural settings, the Mayo Clinic's "Harmony" series, and at “Flash” appearances in unusual settings throughout the Twin Cities.




With the mission of fostering the next generation in the great tradition of string quartet playing, the ASQ established the Artaria Chamber Music School in St. Paul, the Stringwood Summer Chamber Music Festival in Lanesboro, and the St Paul String Quartet Competition, a unique national event open to high school age string quartets. The Artaria String Quartet has been awarded numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America and the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) in recognition of Artaria's performing excellence and a continuing commitment to music education.

Minnesota Original Broadcast from Jan.5 2014



Artaria String Quartet Masterclass

Eagle Bluff Environmental
Learning Center (Lanesboro, MN)


Guest Artist Masterclasses

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
@ 3:00pm
Eagle Bluff Environmental
Learning Center (Lanesboro, MN)

Roberto Díaz, violist

A violist of international reputation, Roberto Díaz is president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music, following in the footsteps of renowned soloist/directors such as Josef Hofmann, Efrem Zimbalist, and Rudolf Serkin. As a teacher of viola at Curtis and former principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Díaz has already had a significant impact on American musical life and continues to do so in his dual roles as performer and educator.

As a soloist, Mr. Díaz collaborates with leading conductors of our time on stages throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia.  He has also worked directly with important 20th- and 21st-century composers, including Krzysztof Penderecki, whose viola concerto he has performed many times with the composer on the podium and whose double concerto he premiered in the United States; and Edison Denisov who invited Mr. Díaz to Moscow to work on his viola concerto. Ricardo Lorenz, Roberto Sierra, and Jennifer Higdon have all written concerti for Mr. Díaz.

In addition to performing with major string quartets and pianists in chamber music series and festivals worldwide, Mr. Díaz has toured Europe, Asia, and the Americas a member of the Díaz Trio with violinist Andrés Cárdenes and cellist Andrés Díaz. The Díaz Trio has recorded for the Artek and Dorian labels.
Since founding Curtis on Tour eight seasons ago, Mr. Díaz has taken the hugely successful program to North and South America, Europe and Asia, performing chamber music side-by-side with Curtis students and other faculty and alumni of the school. His tenure as president of Curtis has also seen the construction of a significant new building which doubled the size of the school's campus; the introduction of a classical guitar department and new conducting and string quartet programs; the launch of Curtis Summerfest, summer courses open to the public; and the debut of an online stage called Curtis Performs. In the fall of 2013 Curtis became the first classical music conservatory to offer free online classes through Coursera. 

Also under Mr. Díaz’s leadership, Curtis has developed lasting collaborations with other music and arts institutions in Philadelphia and throughout the world and established a dynamic social entrepreneurship curriculum, supported by a prestigious Advancement Grant from The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. Designed to develop the entrepreneurial and advocacy skills of young musicians, this curriculum includes the project-based Community Artist Program (CAP) and post-graduate Curtis ArtistYear Fellowship Program. Curtis was the first higher-education arts institution to join ArtistYear and respond to the challenge issued by the Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project: to foster a 21st-century national service system, with a goal of one million service-year positions created by 2023.

Mr. Díaz received an honorary doctorate from Bowdoin College and was awarded an honorary membership by the National Board of the American Viola Society. In 2013, Mr. Díaz became a member of the prestigious American Philosophical Society founded by Benjamin Franklin. As a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, he was selected by Music Director Christoph Eschenbach to receive the C. Hartman Kuhn Award, given annually to "the member of the Philadelphia Orchestra who has shown ability and enterprise of such character as to enhance the standards and the reputation of the Philadelphia Orchestra." Mr. Díaz received a bachelor's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Burton Fine, and a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music where his teacher was his predecessor at the Philadelphia Orchestra, Joseph de Pasquale. Mr. Díaz also has a degree in industrial design.

In addition to his decade-long tenure as principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he performed the entire standard viola concerto repertoire and gave a number of Philadelphia Orchestra premieres, Mr.  Díaz was principal viola of the National Symphony under Mstislav Rostropovich, a member of the Boston Symphony under Seiji Ozawa, and a member of the Minnesota Orchestra under Sir Neville Marriner. Mr. Díaz plays the ex-Primrose Amati viola.

Thursday, June 15, 2017
@ 10:00am
Eagle Bluff Environmental
Learning Center (Lanesboro, MN)

Andrés Díaz, cellist

Since winning the First Prize in the 1986 Naumburg International Cello Competition, Andrés Díaz has exhilarated both critics and audiences with his intense and charismatic performances. He has earned exceptional reviews for his “strongly personal interpretive vision” (The New York Times) and his “bold and imaginative” playing (The Boston Globe) and was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant as well as a generous grant from the Susan W. Rose Fund for Music in 1998.

Among the highlights of Díaz’s recent seasons are tours of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Hawaii, and Canada performing in recital and with orchestra; appearances in Chile, Venezuela, Argentina, and the Dominican Republic; a series of concerts in the Soviet Union where he performed as soloist with Russia’s Saratov Symphony in the cities of Saratov and Moscow; and a tour of the major cities in New Zealand with the New Zealand Chamber Orchestra.
Díaz’s summer festival appearances (including frequent return engagements) include The Banff Centre, Santa Fe, La Jolla, Marlboro, Ravinia, Bravo! Colorado, Spoleto, Music@Menlo, Saratoga and Tanglewood festivals. His appearances at Tanglewood earned him the Pierre Mayer Memorial Award for Outstanding String Player. He has toured nationally with the Santa Fe and Spoleto festivals.

Díaz is very active with the Díaz String Trio, featuring violinist Andres Cardenes and violist Roberto Díaz. The trio has performed in the cities of Pittsburgh, Washington, Boston, Los Angeles and Miami; at the Kuhmo Festival in Finland, the International Festival of St. Cypriene and the Casals Festival in France; and they have toured extensively in South America, Mexico and Canada. The trio was invited by Isaac Stern to play at Carnegie Hall’s Centennial Celebration, and from 1994 to 1996 it served as Trio in Residence at the Florida International University.

Díaz was born in Santiago, Chile in 1964, and began studying the cello at the age of five. Three years later he moved to Atlanta, Ga., and studied at the Georgia Academy of Music with Martha Gerchefski. Díaz graduated from the New England Conservatory, where he worked with Laurence Lesser and Colin Carr, and currently plays an active role in chamber music performances with the Conservatory’s faculty. He served for five years as Associate Professor of Cello at the Boston University and Co-Director of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Quartet Program.

Díaz now lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife Julie and sons Peter Manuel and Gabriel Andrés. Presently, he is Professor of Cello at Southern Methodist University and holds The Koerner Chair in Cello at The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. During his spare time Díaz races his 1997 Dodge Viper. He plays a 1698 Matteo Goffriller Cello and a bow made by his father, Manuel Díaz.


Thursday, June 22, 2017
@ 10:00am
Eagle Bluff Environmental
Learning Center (Lanesboro, MN)

Geoff Nuttall, violinist

Hailed by the New York Times as “intensely dynamic” with “stunning technique and volatility,” violinist Geoff Nuttall began playing the violin at the age of eight after moving to London, Ontario from College Station, Texas. He spent most of his musical studies under the tutelage of Lorand Fenyves at The Banff Centre, the University of Western Ontario, and the University of Toronto, where he received his bachelor of arts.

In 1989, Mr. Nuttall co-founded the St. Lawrence String Quartet. As first violinist of this world-renowned foursome, he has performed well over 1,500 concerts throughout North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Currently under an exclusive contract with EMI Classics, they received two Grammy nominations for their latest releaseYiddishbbuk, a collection of works by the Argentinean-American composer Osvaldo Golijov. Their premiere recording of Robert Schumann Quartets won a Juno Award, granted by the Canadian Academy for Arts and Sciences for Best Classical Album, as well as the coveted German critic’s award Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.

Since winning the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Young Concert Artist Auditions in the early 90s, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has become a regular at some of North America’s most esteemed music festivals, including Mostly Mozart, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts, and Spoleto USA, where they will be celebrating ten years as quartet-in-residence this summer. Their busy touring schedule has seen them in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum, Kennedy Center, London’s Wigmore Hall, Royal Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam, Theatre de Ville Paris, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and the White House for President Clinton and guests.

With the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Mr. Nuttall 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.

He 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 San Francisco with his wife, violinist Livia Sohn.



    These superb young professionals, who serve as our junior faculty, are all alumni of Stringwood. They attend or have graduated from prestigious music conservatories. This fine group of young professionals assist the ASQ in managing and teaching the participants. They will also perform on several programs.

  • James Rosamilia
  • Laura De St. Croix
  • Matt Lammers
  • Eva Dove