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The Boston-based Rasa String Quartet received first prize in the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition and the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition and have performed across the US including multiple appearances with Rockport Music, The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival in North Carolina, Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, Boston New Music Festival, and Brian O’Donovan’s Rockport Celtic Festival.

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 addition to performing, Rasa deeply values music education and has completed teaching residencies with Public Schools in Oakland, CA, Martha’s Vineyard, MA, Rockport, MA, and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada.

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 exploring the outdoors, 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.

Violist Daniel Orsen is the founder and artistic director of Jamaica Plain Chamber Music. His debut recording of Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata has been released into the ether, and he is now embarking on Wagner’s Nightmare, a year-long research and recording project of music and topics that Wagner would not like. Daniel performs regularly at chamber festivals such as Krzyzowa, Ravinia, and Verbier. He has soloed with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra and Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, and served as guest solo violist with the Arctic Philharmonic. Daniel studied at the Oberlin Conservatory with Peter Slowik and the New England Conservatory with Kim Kashkashian. He is a Steelers fan

African-American/Filipino cellist, Nathaniel Taylor, has captivated audiences with his passionate and charismatic playing, and is quickly establishing himself as a formidable artist of the 21st Century.

Mr. Taylor has been a prize winner of many leading regional and national competitions including Grand Prize at the 2016 Massachusetts-ASTA Masters Competition, and first prize in the 2017 Boston Conservatory Concerto Competition. In addition, Nathaniel was a Performance Fellow with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and a two-time Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. For five years, Nathaniel was also the recipient of a cello on long term loan generously awarded by the Amati Foundation.

As a soloist, Nathaniel made his orchestral debut in 2016 as soloist with the Boston Conservatory Orchestra that was met with rave reviews. Since then, he has appeared as soloist with the Lexington Symphony (MA), and the Orchestra of Indian Hill (MA) where he worked alongside conductors, Jonathan McPhee and Bruce Hangen, respectively. In addition, he has been featured as soloist with the conductorless chamber orchestra, Hemenway Strings.

With an immense love for chamber music, Mr. Taylor has collaborated with renowned artists including violinist Lynn Chang, pianist Judith Gordon, soprano Tony Arnold, and cellists Yo Yo Ma, Rhonda Rider, Scott Kluksdahl, and Andrew Mark, amongst others. Nathaniel has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Symphony Hall, Strathmore Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Sanders Theater, and Ozawa Hall. While attending the Boston Conservatory, Nathaniel was a multi-time laureate of the school's Honors Chamber Music Competition and a member of the award winning cello ensemble, BoCoCelli. He has received chamber music coachings from the Juilliard String Quartet, Yo Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax, Pamela Frank, Judith Eissenberg, and Norman Fischer. In 2018, Mr. Taylor joined the Artist Roster of the Boston based, Ensemble SONE. In 2020, Nathaniel was invited to perform the African-American spiritual, “Nobody Knows de Trouble I See” alongside Yo-Yo Ma that was featured at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Gala, “Sounds of Celebrations: an Evening with the CSO.” In 2021, Mr. Taylor has performed with the acclaimed chamber ensembles, A Far Cry, and Palaver Strings.

Nathaniel has been principal cellist in several orchestras including the Tanglewood Center Festival Orchestra, the Boston Conservatory orchestras, and the Scoring Sessions Program Orchestra at the Berklee College of Music. He has also performed frequently with the Boston Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Taylor has participated in masterclasses with Kang-ho Lee, Gautier Capuçon, Zuill Bailey, Scott Kluksdahl, Norman Fischer, David Teie, Mihai Tetel, Kiril Gerstein, Carol Rodland, Mihai Jojatu and members of the Jupiter, Shanghai, Chiligirian, and Lydian String Quartets. Nathaniel has attended the Tanglewood Music Center, the Cello Seminar at Music from Salem, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and Foulger International Music Festival, among others. Mr. Taylor completed his formal studies at Boston Conservatory at Berklee where he received the prestigious Artist Diploma in 2020. His teachers have included the renowned cellists Rhonda Rider, Patrice Tilghman-Jackson, Astrid Schween, and Steven Honigberg.

Nathaniel currently plays on a contemporary American cello made by Kevin Kelly, and a gold-mounted Salchow bow generously gifted to him by the Manganaro and Curme families, respectively.

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SEASON 3 Events


September 8
September 29
October 13
October 20
November 3
November 17
November 24

Two Performances Each Night at 7:00 pm and 9:15 pm.

Arlington Street Church - 351 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116



Wednesday, September 1st
West Whately Chapel, West Whately, MA
7:30 pm


Saturday, August 21st
Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA
8:00 pm

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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 Harpist, 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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