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 cultivates experiences that provoke powerful and 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.
The Rasa String Quartet’s 2019 - 2020 season comprises 24 concerts across the New England Area. In addition to playing on established chamber music concert series’ throughout Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire, the quartet frequently performs in more unconventional spaces such as house concerts, local breweries, restaurants, nursing homes, healthcare settings, and more. Each member is passionate about bringing high quality chamber music to communities who might otherwise feel that the classical world is closed to them - specifically targeting younger, diverse, and underserved audiences. Because of the ensemble’s progressive and accessible variety of programming, each concert exposes audience members to a wide range of genres, guaranteeing that there is always something everyone can relate to.
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.
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.
Violinist, Kiyoshi Hayashi has performed with many high profile ensembles around the New England area including Palaver Strings, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Phoenix Orchestra, and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra. He has performed in notable concert halls around the world including Symphony Center in Chicago, Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall in Boston, the Kennedy Center, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
As a soloist, he has won prizes in various competitions around the US including the Midwest Young Artists Walgreens National Concerto Competition, the Stanger Young Artists Audition, and The Peter E. Tannenwald Concerto Competition.
In 2016, Kiyoshi received his B.M. in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music with “academic honors,” where he studied under the instruction of Nicholas Kitchen. Other primary teachers include Thomas Wermuth, and Almita Vamos. Additionally, Kiyoshi has attended various music festivals around the world including the Pacific Music Festival, the Chautauqua Music Festival, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival.
Kiyoshi is very passionate about using music as a means to bring individuals and communities together, to heal and positively uplift people’s lives, and to inspire others to follow their passions. Aside from music, Kiyoshi is very passionate about health and wellness. 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.
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 has also earned Grand Prize in the Global Music Partnership 2nd International Concerto Competition, First Prize in the USC Solo Bach Competition, the Borromeo String Quartet Guest Artist Award, New England Conservatory’s Honors Ensemble Competition, Sacramento Philharmonic League JAMMIES Concerto Competition, and was awarded top prize in the Classical Soloist category by Downbeat Student Music Awards.
He has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras around the country including the Sacramento Philharmonic, Cape Symphony, Atlantic Symphony, Symphony by the Sea, Davis Symphony, and Sacramento State Symphony Orchestras. He currently holds the Joyce & Donald Steele Chair as Principal Cello of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and frequently performs as Principal Cello with Cape Symphony, Unitas Ensemble, and Symphony by the Sea. Eunghee has actively participated in classes at the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival and Académie Musicale de Villecroze in France and has worked closely with distinguished professors such as Ralph Kirshbaum, Steven Doane, Colin Carr, Myung-Wha Chung, Jean-Guihen Queyras, and members of the Guarneri, Emerson, Tokyo, Orion, Brentano, Borromeo, and Shanghai Quartets.
As an avid chamber musician, Eunghee has collaborated in performances with artists such as Midori Goto, David Shifrin, Elton John, François Salque, and the Borromeo String Quartet, and has performed as a guest artist with A Far Cry, Da Camera Society, and the Chamber MusicSociety of Sacramento. Previous festival engagements include the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Taos School of Music, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Keuka Lake Music Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Festival International d’Echternach, and Rencontres Franco Américaines de Musique Chambre in Missillac, France. He is Artistic Director and Founder of the Mellon Music Festival in Davis, CA.
Eunghee graduated magna cum laude and as a Steven & Kathryn Sample Renaissance Scholar from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance and a Minor in Biology. Following his completion of a Masters degree at the New England Conservatory of Music he is currently enrolled in the conservatory’s Doctor of Musical Arts Program under the tutelage of distinguished pedagogue Laurence Lesser. His previous instructors include Paul Katz, Andrew Shulman, Andrew Luchansky, Richard Andaya, and Julie Hochman. He plays on a 1930 Anselmo Gotti cello on generous loan by Colburn Foundation. Away from the cello, Eunghee enjoys neighborhood pick-up soccer, everything about dogs, and dawdling in local coffee shops.
Thursday, February 20th
7:00 pm Doors, 8:00 pm Show
One Longfellow Square - 181 State St, Portland, ME 04101
Friday, February 21st
6 Chestnut Street, Boston, MA 02108
Saturday, February 22nd
Ground Floor - 13 School St, Freeport, ME 04032
Sunday, February 23rd
The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN) - 14 Summer Street Natick, MA 01760
Sunday, February 23rd
12 St John St, Boston, MA 02130
The Burren, Somerville, MA
Thursday, March 26th
6:00 pm doors, 7:00 pm show
The Burren - 247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144
House Concert in Brookline, MA
Friday, March 27th
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Mayo Street Arts, Portland, ME
Saturday, March 28th
Mayo St. Arts - 10 Mayo St, Portland, ME 04101
A World of Music Concert Series - Middlesex Community College
Sunday, March 29th
Middlesex Community College - 591 Springs Rd, Bedford, MA 01730
St. Lawrence Arts, Portland, ME
Sunday, April 19th
St. Lawrence St. Arts - 76 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
Mohawk Trails Concert Series, Shelburne Falls, MA
Friday, April 24th
60 Bridge St. (at the corner of Main St.) Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
Newbridge on the Charles Concert Series, Dedham, MA
Wednesday, April 29th
5000 Great Meadow Rd, Dedham, MA 02026
Cove St Arts, Portland, ME
Friday, May 1st
Cove Street Arts - 71 Cove St Unit A, Portland, ME 04101
First Congregational Church of Braintree, Braintree, MA
Sunday, May 3rd
First Congregational Church of Braintree - 12 Elm St, Braintree, MA 02184
Langsamer Satz - Anton Webern
Shine You No More - Danish String Quartet
Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, 4th movement
String Quartet in C Major, Op. 20 No. 2, I. Moderato - Joseph Haydn
Hennessy: Inion Ni Scannlain / Bach: Minuet II Arr. Maura Shawn Scanlin
Sonderho Bridal Trilogy Part 2 - Danish String Quartet
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