Cecilia Quartet Personnel

Caitlin Boyle, Viola

Caitlin Boyle is originally from Dundas, Ontario where she was born in 1980.  She began playing the viola at age three at the Hamilton Suzuki School of Music.  More recently she completed Masters of Music at San Diego State University, with Brian Chen in 2009, and a Graduate Diploma at McGill under the guidance of Andre Roy in 2010. 

In the fall of 2005 she participated in a tour of the East Coast of the United States with the Munich Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Phillippe Entremont.  Her passion for chamber music was fostered at the Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute and the Domaine Forget Chamber Music Sessions and continued to grow through the support of such artists and teachers as Richard Lester, Terrence Helmer, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet.  She has been a member of the Cecilia String Quartet since spring 2006.  In fall of 2010, she was admitted to the Doctor of Musical Arts Program at the University of Toronto, where she is studying with Kathy Rapoport.

Rachel Desoer, cello

Rachel is a cellist from Hamilton, Ontario.  She graduated from Oberlin Conservatory in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music degree.  Rachel also attended the Juilliard School, McGill University and rounded out her education at the Banff Centre. Most passionate about chamber music, she has had the  opportunity to study with some of the greatest chamber musicians of our time (St. Lawrence, Orford, Vermeer, Borromeo, Brentano, Colorado and Takacs string quartets).

Rachel has performed in a wide variety of ensembles and musical styles.  As a soloist  she has performed with the Oberlin Orchestra and the National Academy Orchestra.  As an orchestral musician she participated in the Institute of Orchestral Studies of the National Arts Centre Orchestra.  Rachel has collaborated with dancers, composers, jazz musicians, vocalists and filmakers as well performing many solo recitals.  She has had the good fortune to tour Europe and China and compete in the 5th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.  She is honoured and excited to be the recently appointed cellist of the Cecilia String Quartet.

Min-Jeong Koh, violin

Korean-Canadian violinist Min-Jeong Koh joined the Cecilia Quartet in 2007.  Before she decided to spend every day of her life with these fine three ladies, Min was a top prize winner of the 2006 Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, where she was also awarded the Prize for Best Performance of the Commissioned Piece, a winner of the Galaxie-Rising Stars Program from the CBC, the Kathleen Parlow Concerto Competition, as well as the Felix Galimir Award for Chamber Music Excellence. More recently, Min was a winner at Canada Council’s 2009 Musical Instrument Bank Competition for the Arts, which won her the use of a ca. 1767 Joannes Baptista Guadagnini violin.

As a soloist, Min has appeared with the Banff Festival Orchestra, Toronto Youth String Orchestra, North York Concert Orchestra, Mooredale Concerto Players, University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra and with Via Salzburg. She holds a Bachelor of Music from University of Toronto and a Masters of Music Degree from San Diego State University. She has also studied at McGill University and at the New England Conservatory of Music.  Her dedication to performance and study led to an invitation to the national honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda. Min’s former teachers include Lorand Fenyves, Erika Raum, Scott St. John, Mayumi Seiler and Hyung Sun Paik. When she is not with Sarah, Caitlin, or Rachel, Min can be found roaming the halls in University of Toronto, where she is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree.

Sarah Nematallah, violin

Sarah Nematallah has been delighting audiences with her violin playing since the age of three.  Ms. Nematallah has studied chamber music intensively with Lorand Fenyves, Terence Helmer of the Orford Quartet, and Roman Borys of the Gryphon Trio. 

In 2005 she was awarded the University of Toronto Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award as a founding member of the Cecilia String Quartet.  Ms. Nematallah has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships to aid her in her studies at the University of Toronto, and in 2005 she was awarded the University of Toronto William and Phyllis Waters Graduating Scholarship, an award for a graduating student deemed by the university to have the greatest potential for making an important contribution to the field of music.  Ms. Nematallah has appeared as a guest soloist with the Brampton Symphony Orchestra, Mooredale Chamber Orchestra and Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra on several occasions.  She plays on the 1851 Jean Baptiste Vuillame on loan from an anonymous donor.