Exploring the musical space where classical and folk traditions intersect and influence one another


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Rasa String Quartet finds their niche exploring the musical space where classical and folk traditions intersect and influence one another.Formed in 2019, the Boston-based ensemble consists of violinists Maura Shawn Scanlin and Kiyoshi Hayashi, violist Emma Powell, and cellist Mina Kim, who are graduates of the New England Conservatory, the Shepherd School of Music, and Yale University.Rasa String Quartet are winners of the 2022 Associazione Europea Di Musica E Comunicazione International Chamber Music Competition (Italy,) the 2021 Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition (ATL,) the 2020 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition (OH,) and were the 2022-23 ensemble in residence at Phillips Exeter Academy.They’ve collaborated with renowned folk musicians like Celtic harpist, Maeve Gilchrist, Hardanger Fiddler, Dan Trueman, and Singer-Songwriter, Judy Collins, performed their own programs at various venues and festivals around the country, including the 2023 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, Rockport Music, WGBH, WBUR, and the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, and have taught educational residencies at a variety of institutions like UMass Dartmouth and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.By exploring the connection between music and storytelling at the heart of folk traditions, Rasa String Quartet delivers engaging and accessible programs that showcase works from a variety of cultures and highlight unknown composers. They seek to educate their audiences by contextualizing the genres, styles, and composers they present, inviting their listeners to approach both familiar and unfamiliar sounds with an open and curious mind.In sanskrit, the term ‘RASA’ refers to the indescribable power of any art form to inspire strong emotions in the reader or listener.

Meet the Quartet!

Born in Boone NC, Maura Shawn Scanlin currently makes her home in Boston, MA. In May 2019, she completed her Masters Degree in Violin Performance at the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Ani Kavafian. Previously, Maura studied violin with Lucy Chapman while completing her Bachelors Degree at the New England Conservatory. Maura’s classical collaborations with various ensembles have led her to the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition, and the Banff Chamber Music Residency. Maura has studied with renowned chamber musicians such as the Borromeo String Quartet, the Brentano String Quartet, Kim Kashkashian, and Roger Tapping.In addition to classical music, Maura also enjoys performing and collaborating with other musicians in a variety of non-classical styles ranging from traditional folk to contemporary improvisatory music. Particularly well-versed in Scottish and Irish traditional fiddle music, Maura has had the opportunity to compete in and has won the world’s premiere traditional Scottish fiddling competitions. She is a two-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion, and a winner of the Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship in Perthshire, Scotland. Maura is a member of several bands based in the greater Boston area. She performs and tours regularly with five-piece contemporary folk band Pumpkin Bread and Irish duo project Rakish. She is also a member of the contemporary Scottish outfit the Bywater Band.Maura has performed across North America and the United Kingdom, appearing at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Blair Castle, Shalin-Liu Performance Center, and The Sinclair. She has performed at music festivals including Merlefest, KVMR Celtic Festival, Boston Celtic Music Festival, Bellingham Irish Festival, New Hampshire Highland Games, Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, Rockport Celtic Festival, and Folk Alliance International. Her duo Rakish was recently named a recipient of the 2019 Iguana Fund Grant.When not performing and collaborating, Maura enjoys teaching music as well. She has been on faculty at the Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling, the Heartbeat Music Project, Up With Music’s Summer Strings, and Hanneke Cassel’s Pure Dead Brilliant Fiddle Weekend. She teaches privately throughout the year and holds a teaching faculty position at the Brookline Music School. Through collaborations, performances, and teaching, Maura hopes to cultivate appreciation for live acoustic music of all styles.Maura plays a German violin made by Erst Heinrich Roth in 1923.

Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, violinist/violist Emma Kondo Powell is an active performer and educator based in the New England area. She currently serves as resident musician and private instructor at the Newport String Project, a chamber music performance and youth mentorship initiative based at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Community Center in Newport, RI.A dedicated chamber musician and collaborator, Emma performs regularly with several ensembles throughout the area including the Newport String Quartet, Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, Palaver Strings, and the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. Previously, she was also a core member of Kinetic, an artist led & curated ensemble in Houston, TX. As a soloist, Emma has performed with the Michigan Pops Orchestra, Princeton University Orchestra, and Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony. Her summer festival appearances include the Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival USA, Maine Chamber Music Seminar, and Roundtop Festival Institute.In 2017, Emma graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a BA in Music Theory/Musicology and a certificate in Violin Performance, and was awarded the Isidore and Helen Sacks Memorial Prize for extraordinary achievement in the arts. She also holds a Masters in Violin Performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where she studied with Paul Kantor. Previous mentors also include Sunghae Anna Lim and Almita & Roland Vamos.

Kiyoshi Hayashi is the founder and violinist / violist of the award-winning Rasa String Quartet, Co-Artistic Director of the string ensemble and nonprofit organization, Palaver Strings, and regularly performs with many renowned ensembles around New England including Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, Phoenix Orchestra, and A Far Cry.He has collaborated with prominent artists from varying genres of music such as vocal ensemble - Roomful of Teeth, syrian clarinetist - Kinan Azmeh, celtic harpist - Maeve Gilchrist, and rock legends - The Who and The Eagles, among many more.Kiyoshi has won top prizes in various international and national competitions including the Associazione Europea Di Musica E Comunicazione International Chamber Music Competition in Italy (2022,) the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition (2021,) the Chamber Music Yellow Springs National Competition (2020,) the St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award (2021,) and the Philharmonic Society of Arlington’s Peter E. Tannenwald Concerto Competition (2017.)He has performed in notable concert halls around the world including Symphony Center in Chicago, Symphony Hall in Boston, TD Garden and Fenway Park in Boston, Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport Massachusetts, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo Japan. Additionally, he has performed at numerous music festivals such as the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, ME, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Chautauqua Music Festival, and the Heifetz International Music Institute.Kiyoshi’s principal teachers include Nicholas Kitchen, Almita and Roland Vamos, and Thomas Wermuth, and he received his B.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music in 2016.Since graduating, he has become committed to using music as a means to foster community, to heal and uplift people’s lives, and to inspire social change. He has served as Director of Community Engagement for Palaver Strings, regularly performs with community arts organizations such as Shelter Music Boston, and worked as a teaching artist for Phillips Exeter Academy, Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, and the Roxbury Youth Orchestra.Aside from music, Kiyoshi is very passionate about wellness and personal development. He is a certified personal trainer and integrative nutrition health coach, has given workshops at institutions like the New England Conservatory of Music, the Longy School of Music, and Vital Village Network, 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 soccer or tennis, practicing yoga, listening to a podcast, or exploring the outdoors.

Hailed as “eloquent” by the Boston Globe, Korean-born cellist Mina Kim has been making music in the Boston area since 2010. Mina has appeared as a featured musician on WQXR’s McGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase and Longy’s Septemberfest concert series. As a member of the Rasa String Quartet, Mina has competed in the semi-final round at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition and in the International Osaka Chamber Music Competition in 2023. With the ensemble, she also held a residency as the Gilbert Concert Artist at the Phillips Exeter Academy.As a passionate educator, Mina has been teaching at the Phillips Exeter since 2019 and given masterclasses at UMass Dartmouth and Phillips Exeter Academy. She also coached chamber music to college and graduate students as Marty Jeivens Fellow at the Maine Chamber Music Seminar in 2023.When she's not playing classical music, Mina jams and concertizes with her genre-straddling string ensemble, ROSIN. By borrowing a little bit from a lot of different kinds of music, they have created what they like to call "disreputable classical music." Mina's fellow ROSIN mates are bassist Zachariah Hickman, violist Annie Bartlett, and fiddler-composer Jake Armerding. Together, ROSIN has advanced to the final round of the 21CM Emerging Artist Competition at Depauw School of Music.In 2023, Mina earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at New England Conservatory as the Gregor Piatigorsky Fund recipient, studying with Yeesun Kim and Mike Block. She holds a Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory as well as both a Bachelor of Music from Emerson College and an Undergraduate Diploma from Longy School of Music of Bard College, studying with Terry King.


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season 5 events

Performance at Brookhaven - Sunrise

Thursday, September 21
7:30 pm
Brookhaven at Lexington, 1010 Waltham St, Lexington, MA 02421
Private Event

Performance at Kendal at Hanover - Sunrise

Saturday, September 23
7:15 pm
Kendal at Hanover, 67 Cummings Rd, Hanover, NH 03755
Private Event

Performance at Lincoln Labs - Sunrise

Monday, September 25
12:00 pm
Private Event

candlelight concerts: best of hans zimmer

Friday, September 28
2 Shows at 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

candlelight concerts: 100 years of warner bros

Saturday, September 29
2 Shows at 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Old South Church in Boston, 645 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116, USA

education residency at rockport music

October 5 - 6
Rockport, MA

Performance at Portsmouth Athenaeum - Sunrise

Sunday, October 8
3:00 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church, 101 Chapel St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Performance at Newbridge on the Charles - From Warner Brothers to Beethoven

Tuesday, October 31
7:30 pm
5000 Great Meadow Rd, Dedham, MA 02026

past performances season 4

Residency at Avaloch Farm music institute, Boscawen, NH

August 28 - September 4, 2023

Judy Collins performing Wildflowers with Rasa String Quartet

Sat, July 1st
Academy of Music, Northampton, MA

Highlands - Cashiers Chamber Music Festival - Music and Wine from Around the World

Tuesday, June 27
3:00 pm
Highlands Wine Shop - 269 Oak St, Highlands, NC 28741

Highlands - Cashiers Chamber Music Festival - Painting with music

Sunday, June 25
5:30 pm
Ann Lea Fine Arts Gallery - 976 Hwy. 64 East Cashiers, NC 28717

Osaka International Chamber music competition, osaka, Japan

May 12 - May 18
Osaka, Japan

Martha's Vineyard Chamber music society, martha's vineyard, ma

Saturday, May 6
4:00 pm
First Congregational Church of West Tisbury - 1051 State Rd, West Tisbury, MA 02575

Mayo Street Arts, Portland, ME

Thursday, May 4
7:00 pm
Mayo Street Arts - 10 Mayo St, Portland, ME 04101

Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter NH

Tuesday, April 18
7:00 pm
Phillips Exeter Academy, Forrestal-Bowld Music Center - 20 Main St, Exeter, NH 03833
Free and Open to the Public - First Come First Serve

The Drake, Amherst, MA

Sunday, April 16
5:00 pm
44 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002

The Center for Arts, Natick, MA

Sunday, April 16
12:00 pm
14 Summer St, Natick, MA 01760

CMCB Kleshinski concert series, Boston, MA

Thursday, April 13
7:00 pm
CMCB Allan Hall - 34 Warren Ave, Boston, MA 02116

WBUR, Boston, MA

Sunday, March 12
2:00 pm
WBUR CitySpace - 890 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME

Sunday, February 26
7:00 pm
One Longfellow Square - 181 State St, Portland, ME 04101

UMass Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA

Thursday, February 23
12:30 pm
285 Old Westport Rd, North Dartmouth, MA 02747

Maeve Gilchrist featuring Kyle Sanna & Rasa String Quartet Presented by Groton Hill Music Center, Groton, MA

Friday, February 10
8:00 pm
Groton Hill Music Center - 122 Old Ayer Rd, Groton, MA 01450

GBH Music Presents the Rasa Quartet and Boston Baroque’s X-tet – Celtic Meets Classical, Boston, MA

Tuesday, February 7
7:30 pm
WGBH Fraser Performance Studio - 1 Guest St, Boston, MA 02135

Bay Chamber Concerts, Rockport, ME

Wednesday, January 11
1:00 pm
Union Hall - 24 Central St, Rockport, ME 04856

Groupmuse @ Moto spirits Distillery, brooklyn Nyc

Thursday, September 15
7:00 pm

past performances season 3

sounds across america at rockport music

Tuesday, November 9th
7:00 pm
Shalin Liu Performance Center - 37 Main St, Rockport, MA 01966

Highfield Hall and Gardens

Friday, April 22
7:00 pm
Highfield Hall and Gardens - 56 Highfield Dr, Falmouth, MA 02540

arlington international film festival

Thursday, April 21
7:30 pm
The Roasted Granola Café - 1346 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476


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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Maura Shawn Scanlin: Leaving Harvey Street

Johannes Rusten: O Frederik, O Frederik,
Arr. Danish String Quartet

Danish String Quartet: Sekstur from Vendsyssel - The Peat Dance

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

Danish Traditional, Arr. Danish String Quartet: Æ Rømeser

Danish String Quartet: Shine You No More


Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F Major

Joseph Haydn: String Quartet Op 76 No. 2

William Grant Still: Lyric Quartet

Shelley Washington: Middleground

Jessie Montgomery: Strum

Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet in F minor, Opus 80

full concerts

Shalin Liu Performance Center November 2021

Shalin Liu Performance Center April 2021


With Celtic Harpist, Maeve Gilchrist, Performing Her Original Compositions

With Indian Kuchipudi Dancer, Yamini Kalluri,
Performing George Walker's “Molto Adagio”


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