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Outgoing Artistic Director Stéphane Lemelin with the New Orford String Quartet at the 2012 festival

From press release, spring 2017:

The Board of the Prince Edward County Classical Music Festival is delighted to announce the appointment of the New Orford String Quartet as new artistic directors of the Festival, effective October 1, 2017.

The New Orford String Quartet is a great Canadian success story! Violinists Jonathan Crow and Andrew Wan are concertmasters of the Toronto and Montreal Symphony Orchestras respectively, Eric Nowlin, principal viola at the Detroit Symphony, and Brian Manker is principal cello with OSM. They formed in 2009, following in the footsteps of the original Orford Quartet, Canada’s internationally admired ensemble.

Their concept – to bring four world-class orchestral leaders together on a regular basis to perform chamber music at the highest level – has resulted in a quartet that maintains a remarkably fresh and virtuosic perspective. The players also feel strongly about bringing their performances to small rural towns, and performing works by Canadian composers.

“We are so excited to assume the mantle of Stéphane’s vision in Picton. Having performed at the festival on a few occasions, we feel a deep connection to the audience, the County, and the festival’s commitment to presenting the highest level of chamber music. We would like to express our gratitude to the board for their faith in us, and thank Stéphane for his incredible work.”

“As participants in the Festival, the New Orford String Quartet thrilled our audiences with their outstanding musicianship and their magnetic presence on stage”, says Ted Schaner, PECCMF Chair. “ We are very impressed by their commitment to maintain the primary focus of the Festival, and by their exciting vision of future possibilities for the Festival. We look forward to working with them as the new Artistic Directors. “