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The Boston-based Rasa String Quartet is quickly emerging as one of New England’s finest ensembles 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.

They received first prize in the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition and the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition and have performed across the New England area including multiple appearances with Rockport Music, Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, Boston New Music Festival, Music for Food, and Brian O’Donovan’s St. Patrick’s Day “Celtic Sojourn.”

Rasa String Quartet is passionate about performing innovative, accessible, and powerful programs that are inspired by a wide variety of traditions, fuse multiple genres, and incorporate different artforms. They have collaborated with such artists as Celtic harpist, Maeve Gilchrist, folk singer-songwriter, Keith Murphy, Indian kuchipudi dancer, Yamini Kalluri, and Iranian visual artists, the Safarani Sisters.

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, with renewed inspiration to pursue their respective passions, and in contemplation of the more universal questions of life.

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

Meet the Quartet!!

Maura Shawn Scanlin, born in NC, currently lives in Boston MA. She recently completed her Masters Degree in Violin Performance at the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Ani Kavafian. Previously, Maura studied with Lucy Chapman while completing her Bachelor's degree at the New England Conservatory of Music. Maura’s classical collaborations with various ensembles have led her to the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition and the Banff Chamber Music Residency. Maura also plays many styles of fiddle, from traditional folk to contemporary improvisatory music. Maura has had the opportunity to compete in and has won the world’s premiere traditional Scottish fiddling competitions. She is a U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion, and a winner of the Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship. Through studies, collaborations and performances, Maura hopes to cultivate appreciation for live acoustic music of all styles.

Boston - based violinist, Kiyoshi Hayashi, has won top prizes in various competitions around the US including the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition, the Philharmonic Society of Arlington’s Peter E. Tannenwald Concerto Competition, and the Stanger Young Artists Audition. He regularly performs with many renowned ensembles around New England including Rasa String Quartet, Palaver Strings, A Far Cry, Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, and Phoenix Orchestra.

Kiyoshi’s principal teachers include Nicholas Kitchen and Almita Vamos and he received his B.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music in 2016. Since graduating, he has become very passionate about using music as a means to foster community, to heal and positively uplift people’s lives, and to inspire social change. He is currently a member of Groupmuse’s Musician Founding Council, has served as Director of Community Engagement for Palaver Strings, and worked as a teaching artist for Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, the Revolution of Hope’s Roxbury Youth Orchestra, and the Boston Philharmonic’s Crescendo! nonprofit organization.

Aside from music, Kiyoshi is very passionate about wellness and personal development. He is a certified personal trainer and integrative nutrition health coach and is the founder of his personal health and life coaching business, Train From Within.

When he isn’t playing music or coaching, Kiyoshi can be found going on a morning run, playing basketball, tennis, or soccer, practicing yoga, listening to a podcast, hanging out with his dog, Rusty, or exploring the outdoors.

Claudia Do Minh Ramos, born in Madrid, is currently based in Boston, where she is completing her Masters Degree in Viola Performance at New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Professor Kim Kashkashian. On 2001 she started her music studies at the “Padre Antonio Soler Conservatory” in San Lorenzo de El Escorial with Arantxa Utrilla and Maribel Tortosa, before coming to Leipzig (Germany) in 2012 to study at the “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy School of Music and Drama” with Tatjana Masurenko. In 2016 she finished her Bachelor degree in Leipzig and one year later a Master in Pedagogy.

In her young career, Claudia has followed master classes with the Talich quartet and she worked with teachers such as Hartmut Rohde, Jean Sulem, Thomas Riebl, Nobuko Imai and Kim Kashkashian. She attended different chamber music festivals like “Pablo Casals Festival” and “Trenta Musik Forum” with the Vienna Philharmonic.

When not performing, she enjoys teaching music as well. She has been on faculty at the Katarina Gurska University in Madrid. Since 2013 she has received scholarships from the “Humboldt Stiftung”, the“Comunidad de Madrid” and the “DAAD- Infinitum Stiftung”.

Born in Davis, California, Korean-American cellist Eunghee Cho was awarded Second Prize and the special award for Outstanding Chinese New Piece Performance at the Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition in Harbin, China. He currently holds the Joyce & Donald Steele Chair as Principal Cello of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and is Artistic Director and Founder of the Mellon Music Festival in Davis, CA. Previous festival engagements include La Jolla Music Society Summerfest, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, Taos School of Music, Rheingau Musik Festival, Festival International d’Echternach, and Rencontres Franco Américaines de Musique Chambre. He graduated magna cum laude and as a Steven & Kathryn Sample Renaissance Scholar from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance and a Minor in Biology. He is currently enrolled in New England Conservatory’s Doctor of Musical Arts Program. His mentors include Laurence Lesser, Paul Katz, and Andrew Shulman. Away from the cello, Eunghee enjoys people-watching, everything about dogs, and dawdling in local coffee shops.

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Passim Streams: Rasa String Quartet and Delfina Cheb (live from Club Passim)

Saturday, May 1st, 7:00 pm EST

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New School of Music Presents: Rasa String Quartet and Delfina cheb

Saturday, May 15th, 7:00 pm EST
Recorded at New School of Music, Cambridge, MA

Rockport Music Presents: Art of the String Quartet

Thursday, April 1st, 7:00 PM EST, Recorded at Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA.

Rasa at Middlesex Community college "a world of music"

Friday, March 19, 7:30 PM EST

A Virtual St. Patrick's Day Celtic sojourn

March 11 - 17


Friday, March 5, 7:00 pm EST

When Bach Meets Fiddle

Sunday, December 13th, 7:00 PM EDT, Live-streamed in HD from Boston

Sonnets and Rondeaux

Friday, October 30th, 7:00 pm EDT, Live-Streamed Professionally from Blue Jay Recording Studios, Boston

The Color of Harmony: An Evening of Strings & Visual Art

Sunday, October 25th 5:00 pm EDT Live-Streamed in HD from Gordon Chapel, Boston

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Shine You No More - Danish String Quartet

Alexandra Vrebalov: Pannonia Boundless

String Quartet in C Major, Op. 20 No. 2, I. Moderato - Joseph Haydn

Attaboy - Stuart Duncan, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer Arr. Eunghee Cho

Jose Elizondo: Estampas Mexicanas, I. Ferial, III. Teotlalli

Langsamer Satz - Anton Webern

Rasa String Quartet Full Performance at Shalin Liu Performance Center

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


With Celtic Harp Player, Maeve Gilchrest
Performing her Original Compositions

With Indian Kuchipudi Dancer, Yamini Kalluri
Performing George Walker's “Molto adagio” from String Quartet No. 1

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Hire us

Interested in hiring Rasa String Quartet for your live or virtual event?!!

Even during the global pandemic, we have been doing live-stream and pre-recorded events of all kinds! We have performed for weddings, nonprofit fundraising events, homeless shelters, corporate parties, assisted living facilities, holiday events, healthcare providers, birthday parties, funerals, and for new music recording sessions.

We have also done some out of box gigs like anniversary presents, Mothers' Day presents, engagement proposals, and more!

If you want music for your event of any kind, we can likely do it!!

We can perform classical, folk, fiddle, world, and pop music.

If you would like us to play a pre-recorded or live-streamed event, we work with professional audio and video engineers to ensure elite technical quality.

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View Videos From Previous Events We've Done

For On The Rise Homeless Shelter for Women (Pre-recording)

For Brookline Public Library (Pre-recording)

Children's Concert For Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society

For Autumn Salon Arts Organization (Live - stream)


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