Rasa String Quartet

The Rasa String Quartet was formed in 2019 at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA and consists of Irish-American violinist, Maura Shawn Scanlin, Japanese-American violinist, Kiyoshi Hayashi, Spanish-Vietnamese violist, Claudia Do Minh Ramos, and Korean-American cellist, Eunghee Cho. By performing repertoire from the classical, world, and folk genres at the highest level of artistry, The Rasa String Quartet is dedicated to cultivating experiences that provoke powerful, uplifting emotions, foster meaningful connections, and help the classical culture become more accessible to all.

In sanskrit, the term ‘rasa’ refers to the enchantingly indescribable power of any art form to evoke strong emotions in the reader or listener. Thus, our goal is to have audiences leave performances feeling moved and uplifted, feeling more grateful for the abundance of beauty in the world, with renewed inspiration to pursue their respective passions, and in contemplation of the more universal concerns of life.

Members of the Rasa String Quartet have performed all over the world and have won prizes in renowned competitions including the Schoenfeld International String Competition, the Global Music Partnership International Concerto Competition, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Competition. They have been invited to perform at festivals including the Pablo Casals Festival (France), Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Taos School of Music, Rencontres Franco-Americaines de Musique de Chambre (France), Banff Chamber Music Residency (Canada), and the Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship (Scotland), and have collaborated with distinguished artists such as Midori, David Shifrin, Elton John, Borromeo String Quartet, Silk Road Ensemble, and A Far Cry, among others.

Outside of performing together, members of the quartet share passions for music education, hanging out in coffee shops, and everything about dogs.

Join the Rasa String Quartet as they perform a diverse set of classical and folk music, designed to take you through the entire spectrum of human emotions. The first half will include Franz Schubert’s epic and powerful “Death and the Maiden” String Quartet and the second half will be drawn from traditional folk melodies from Appalachia, Ireland, and Scandinavia!
Program:

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, “Death and the Maiden” - Franz Schubert

Intermission

Thomas Tallis: If Ye Love Me / American Traditional: Oh Shenandoah Arr. Eunghee Cho

Hennessy: Inion Ni Scannlain / Bach: Minuet II Arr. Maura Shawn Scanlin

Attaboy Arr. Eunghee Cho

Sonderho Bridal Trilogy Part 2 / Shine You No More - Arr. Danish String Quartet

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