Rasa String Quartet
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. The Rasa String Quartet is quickly emerging as one of New England’s finest young ensembles. In April 2020, they won 1st prize in the Chamber Music Yellow Springs 35th Annual Competition, and were recently selected as finalists for the 2020 Lakes Area Music Festival String Quartet Residency.
The Rasa String Quartet has performed all across the New England area including concerts at Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA, The Center for Arts in Natick, MA, and the Mohawk Trails Concert Series in Shelburne Falls, MA. 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 clubs and breweries, nursing homes, healthcare settings, and more. 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.
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.
Outside of performing together, members of the quartet share passions for music education, hiking, 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 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.
Mohawk Trails Concert Series, Shelburne Falls, MA Friday, April 24th
Newbridge on the Charles Concert Series, Dedham, MA Wednesday, April 29th
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
St. Lawrence Arts, Portland, ME
Sunday, May 3rd
St. Lawrence St. Arts - 76 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
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String Quartet in C Major, Op. 20 No. 2, I. Moderato - Joseph Haydn
Langsamer Satz - Anton Webern
Hennessy: Inion Ni Scannlain / Bach: Minuet II Arr. Maura Shawn Scanlin
Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, 4th movement
Sonderho Bridal Trilogy Part 2 - Danish String Quartet
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