The Samara Piano Quartet was formed in the Summer of 2017 bringing together four established musicians who have dedicated their professional lives to chamber music. In their short time playing together, the quartet has performed at Keene State, Dartmouth and Marlboro Colleges and made their New York debut on Madison Avenue in October 2018. The Quartet are resident artists for Ashuelot Concerts, a non-profit based in Keene, New Hampshire who’s mission is to change lives through music. They regularly perform in Keene and have visited all 6 public schools with workshops designed to inspire the next generation. Future plans include two concerts at the new Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro VT where they will also be offering a masterclass and lecture. The Quartet takes its name from the winged seeds produced by the abundant maple trees surrounding their rehearsal studio in Keene, New Hampshire.
British-American violinist, Louisa Stonehill has performed in China, Germany, Austria, Spain, throughout Eastern-Europe, Canada, Mexico, UK and across the USA. Her performances are recognized for being "open-hearted and superbly characterized,” (Glasgow Herald) and Gramophone magazine branded her a "passionately committed advocate.”. A committed chamber-musician, Louisa is most often seen alongside pianist Nicholas Burns as part of the Steinberg Duo. Together, they have recorded four albums for Nimbus Alliance and Lyrita. read more...
Marcia Cassidy, viola/violin, is an active chamber music recitalist, teacher, and freelance violist. As the violist of the Franciscan String Quartet, Ms. Cassidy performed extensively in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Japan to critical acclaim. The quartet was honored with many awards including first prize in the 1986 Banff International String Quartet Competition. As a member of the faculty of Dartmouth College, she teaches violin and viola, coaches chamber music, and leads sectionals for the Dartmouth Symphony. read more...
Paul Cohen, cello, studied cello with Fritz Magg and Janos Starker at Indiana University and began his professional career with the Atlanta Chamber Players in 1982 before joining the Apple Hill Chamber Players in New Hampshire in 1986.
After moving to Los Angeles in 1996, Mr. Cohen performed with ensembles such as Camerata Pacifica, Pacific Serenades, and the Dunsmuir Quartet. He became a founding member of the New Hollywood String Quartet and appeared with them at numerous festivals including the Sedona Music Festival, Vermont Music Festival, Ventura Chamber Music Festival, and the 20th Century Festival in Santa Fe. He has also appeared on over 150 film scores, including Academy Award and Golden Globe winning scores by John Williams, Michael Nyman, and James Horner. read more...
British Pianist Nicholas Burns has performed in USA, China, Canada, Spain, Germany and all around the UK. His performances have been broadcast by BBC Radio 3 (UK) and Radio Maribou (Germany), and he has recorded four critically acclaimed albums for Nimbus & Lyrita. He is most often heard alongside violinist Louisa Stonehill as part of the Steinberg Duo. He attended the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove in 2010 and spent each January in residence at the Banff Centre in Canada from 2012-2014. read more...