Black Dog String Quartet


FRIday, 3 MAY 2018  |  Doors at 20:00, Music from 20:30

Violinists Elyse Jacobson and Molly McKinnon, Violist John Kastelic, and Cellist Doug Gorkoff comprise one of the hottest ensembles in Vancouver. Wonderfully skilled and wildly diverse, Black Dog String Quartet tackles a broad repertoire, from gorgeous chamber compositions of the European classical canon to alt-folk compositions; from modernist masterpieces to edgy interpretations of kitschy pop. This is a quartet as fun and surprising as it is virtuosic and exhilarating.

Formed in 2007, the Black Dog String Quartet is comprised of some of Vancouver’s finest young musicians. The group has appeared on the recordings of artists such as 54-40, Marianas Trench, Bleeding Through, and many others. Individual members have performed live on stage with some of the world’s top acts, including Rod Stewart, Kanye West, Sting, Michael Buble, Mariah Carey, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Video Games Live. The quartet’s excellent playing and reputation have landed them in studios with producers such as Warne Livesey (Midnight Oil, The Matthew Good Band), Dave Genn (54-40, Hedley), and Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad). Recent performance highlights include appearances with Tambura Rasa, Vancouver Peace Choir, and Karen Flamenco Dance Company. 

The Black Dog String Quartet performs regularly at various public and private events, including classical chamber concerts, weddings, and corporate functions, as well as on film and television scores. They’ve been a featured ensemble at the Sonic Boom Festival of New Music and at Classical Revolution Vancouver, and all four members play regularly with multiple regional symphony orchestras. Their solid classical background, high skill level, and collective open-mindedness set the Black Dog String Quartet apart as one of Vancouver’s most unique and versatile ensembles. 

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