The Yaletown String Quartet has a mission to entertain and innovate,
to celebrate the music and culture of our times: Jazz, Blues, Rock
and Ethnic music.
Ferris, violin,a founding member of YSQ,
is a graduate of Yale University. He is concertmaster of
the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and formerly Sinfonia of the North
Shore and was with the CBC
Radio Orchestra (Now NBO) for 2 decades. He has toured with the Winnipeg
and National Ballets and played for Phantom of the Opera,
Showboat, Sunset Blvd., Fiddler on the Roof, and Hello Dolly.
In addition to playing violin, Mark composes and arranges
for Video games, CD's and Television.
Wilson, Violin ,
Cameron Wilson is currently a violinist with Van Django, Joe Trio, The Hard Rubber Orchestra
and Mariachi del Sol. He is also a composer/arranger whose
works have been performed by numerous
symphony orchestras and ensembles and soloists across Canada
and the U.S. He
has collaborated with CBC author and storyteller Stuart Mclean
and the CBC Radio
Orchestra on "History of Canada" and "I Remember
Wayne". In 2009 he composed
and premiered a violin concerto with the Hard Rubber Orchestra.
Takizawa, Viola, has studied with Karen
Tuttle and Gerald Stanick, membeof the Chicago, Guarneri,
and Juilliard String Quartets. He has an M. Mus. from the
Juilliard School. Marcus has been a finalist at several music
competitions including the Eckhardt-Gramatte, ASTA, and Irving
Klein International String Competitions.
He performs regularly with the Vancouver Symphony and The Turning
Point Ensemble. Currently he is developing music for laptop and
electric viola and excerpts of his improvisatory electronic
music can be heard at myspace.com/marcustakizawa.
Henry Lee, viola, a founding member of YSQ, has a M. Mus. from the Juilliard School. While
in New York City, he was a member of the award winning Metamorphoses
Chamber Ensemble and appeared at Avery Fischer Hall, Alice
Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall. He was a winner of the Carmel
Chamber Music competition and has recorded for Archetype, Bose,
New World Records, and Sony Classical labels. His recording
of the music of Earl Kim was #2 on the New York Times 'Best
of 2002' list and was chosen for the “Critics’ Choices:
Classical Music, 2001” by the Times. Henry also has a
degree from the American Center for the Alexander Technique.
Finn Manniche, cello, a founding member of YSQ, is an eclectic and passionate musician
with a music degree from UBC and a penchant for playing anything
and everything on guitar and cello. He plays swing and new
music, Bach to Bocherini, Surf and otherworldly sounds. He
can be heard live and on CD with the Armadillo String Quartet,
Ensemble Symposium, the Jazzmanian Devils, Soul Crib, the Paperboys,
Denzel Sinclair, 54/40, Murray McLauglin, Mae Moore, Cam Wilson's
varying orchestral extravaganzas and much, much more.