Cecilia String Quartet

Concert program

1. Felix Mendelssohn

String Quartet Op. 44#1

2. Frederic Chopin

Scherzo No.4 in E Major

3. W.A Mozart

String Quartet K. 157

4. W.A Mozart

String Quartet K. 421

5. Robert Schumann

Piano Quintet Op. 44

6. Lecture by Isabelle Peretz

The music and science behind child prodigies

Video Clips

Concert Clip

Watch the video below for String Quartet Op. 44#1 by Felix Mendelssohn !


Watch the video below to hear about the research Isabelle Peretz has been doing!

Biographical profile

Dr. Isabelle Peretz

Dr. Isabelle Peretz is a cognitive neuropsychologist and a professor of Psychology at the University of MOntreal. Dr. Pertz was born and educated in Brussels, Belgium. She earned her Ph.D. in experimental psychology at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles under Jose Morais in 1984. Shortly therafter, she took on a faculty position at Universite de Montreal where she has remained ever since. Dr. Pertz’s focuses on the musical potential of ordinary people, its neural correlates, its heritability and its specificity relative to language. She has published over 240 scientific papers on a variety of topics in neurocognition of music, from perception, memory and emotions to singing and dancing. For her publications, click here. She is reowned for her work on congenital and acquired musical disorders (amusia) and on the biological foundations of music processing in general. Dr. Peretz’s research has received continued support from the Canadian Natural Science and Engineering Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research since 1986. In 2004, the Universite de Montreal earned her an endowed Casavant chair in neurocognition of music and in 2007, a Canada Research Chair in neurocognition of music. In 2005, Dr. Peretz became the founding co-director of the international laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound research (BRAMS), a unique multi-university consortium that is jointly affiliated to Universte de Montreal and McGill University with state-of-the-art facilities dedicated to cognitive neuroscience of music. She has been awarded several prizes; the Prix Justine & Yves Sergent, Prix ACFAS Jacques Rousseau, Prix Adrien Pinard. Neuronal Plasticity prize 2011 IPSEN Foundation and Prix d’excellence of FRQNT. Dr. Pertz is the founding Editor-in-chief of the open-access Frontiers of Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the American Psychological Association.

Cecilia String Quartet

Hailed for their “powerful” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “dauntingly perfect” (Berliner Zeitung) performances, the Juno-nominated Cecilia String Quartet performs for leading presenters in North America and Europe. The ensemble is also the James D. Stewart Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. Past engagements include performances at the Amsterdam Concertgebow, Berlin Konzerthaus, and London’s Wigmore Hall. Their live concert recordings have been broadcast on more than a dozen international public radio networks, including Canada (CBC/SRC), the United States (WQXR), the United Kingdom (BBC Radio 3) and Germany (DeutschlandRadio). Prize-winners at several international competitions, they were awarded First Prize at the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC). In addition to performing, the CSQ records for ANALEKTA, and has released several albums to great critical acclaim, featuring music by Dvorak, Janacek, Berg, Webern, Mozart and Mendelssohn.

Current ongoing projects include Celebrating Canadian Women in Music-the commissioning, premiering, and recording new works by four outstanding Canadian female composers and Xenia Concerts – a Toronto based concert series designed to appeal to and be welcoming of children on the autism spectrum and their families.Min-Jeong Koh plays on a 1767 Joannes Baptista Guadagnini violin, and Sarah Nemathallah plays on an 1851 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin, both on loan from an anonymous donor. Rachel Desoer performs on the 1929 Carlo Giuseppe Oddone cello on loan from an anonymous donor. Caitlin Boyle plays on a 2002 viola by Joseph Curtin. The quartet would like to thank the anonymous donor, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council for their generous support.