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The Boston-based Rasa String Quartet is quickly emerging as one of New England’s finest ensembles and consists of violinists, Maura Shawn Scanlin and Kiyoshi Hayashi, violist, Brianna Fischler, and 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, and Brian O’Donovan’s St. Patrick’s Day “Celtic Sojourn.”

Rasa String Quartet is passionate about performing powerful and innovative programs that are inspired by a wide variety of traditions, fuse multiple genres, incorporate different artforms, and help the classical culture become more accessible to all. They have collaborated with such artists as Celtic harpist, Maeve Gilchrist, folk singer-songwriter, Keith Murphy, Argentinian jazz vocalist, Delfina Cheb, 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, 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 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.

Brianna Fischler is a violist/violinist and teacher based in Portland, Maine. She holds a B.M. in violin performance from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, where she studied with Bayla Keyes. She also studied with Krzysztof Kuznik at Manhattan
School of Music Pre-College. Brianna, and alum of Kinhaven Music School, has attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Aspen Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, Garth Newel Music Center, and Three Bridges International
Chamber Festival. She has performed in venues such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Woolsey Hall. Brianna has performed in master classes for Ani Kavafian and Pinchas Zukerman, and placed first in the University of Connecticut Chamber Music Competition with the Annellie String Trio. She is a founding member, as well as the Education Coordinator in Palaver Strings, a non-profit musician led chamber ensemble based in Boston, MA. Brianna is also certified in Early Childhood Music Learning Theory and the Suzuki Method.

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 top prizes in Prague’s Gustav Mahler Prize Cello Competition, Borromeo String Quartet Guest Artist Award, USC Solo Bach Competition, and Sacramento Philharmonic League JAMMIES Concerto Competition. 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 completed his M.M. and D.M.A. at the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Laurence Lesser and Paul Katz. Away from the cello, Eunghee enjoys people-watching, everything about dogs, and dawdling in local coffee shops.

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Virtual Premier: Resilience

Saturday, July 10th, 7:30 pm EST
Recorded From a Live Performance at Scholes Street Studio, NYC
Presented by Groupmuse in HD


Sunday, July 11th, 5:00 pm
Highlands Performing Arts Center - 507 Chestnut St, Highlands, NC 28741

Monday, July 12th, 5:00 pm
Village Green in Cashiers - 160 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers, NC 28717

Mozart and Martinis concert

Tuesday, July 13th, 5:30 pm
Orchard House @ Old Edwards Farm – 336 Arnold Rd, Highlands, NC 28741

middlesex community college - free and outdoors

Thursday, June 24, 12:00 pm Lowell Campus Green - 240 Central St, Lowell, MA 01852, USA

Groupmuse, East Williamsburg, NYC - in-person

Friday, June 25th, 8:00 pm - 41 Varick Ave, Studio 411 Brooklyn, NY 11237

Scholes Street Studio, NYC - in-person

Saturday, June 26th, 7:30 pm Scholes Street Studio - 375 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Mohawk Trails Concert series - free and outdoors

Saturday, June 19, 12:00 pm, Montague Center -14 Station St, Montague, MA 01351

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

Saturday, May 1st, 7:00 pm EST

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

Saturday, May 15th, 7:00 pm EST

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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