Del Sol String Quartet

Del Sol String Quartet Announces New Violinist


We are excited to announce that a new violinist, BENJAMIN KREITH, has joined the award winning Del Sol String Quartet.  Charlton Lee, Del Sol’s violist and founder, said “Ben is a wonderful musician and as passionate about contemporary music as the rest of us.  We all felt an immediate artistic and emotional bond with him and are thrilled to be working together.  We look forward to reaching new musical heights with Ben.”

Kreith joins violinist Rick Shinozaki and cellist Kathryn Bates, as well as violist Lee.  He succeeds Kate Stenberg. Critics have praised Del Sol’s recent performances with Kreith, including this concert in Santa Cruz, CA last month. (Read the reviews here and here.)

Violinist Benjamin Kreith has premiered solo works at the Strasbourg and Marseille Festivals, given recitals in New York, Rome and Madrid, and played as a guest artist with the Ying and Muir Quartets. For several years he was a member of the Cascade Quartet and concertmaster of the Great Falls (MT) Symphony. Outside the concert hall, Ben has rafted through the Grand Canyon, paddling and performing string quartets in the side canyons, caverns, and beaches along the Colorado River. A founding member of the Ensemble CGAC in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Ben currently participates in the Bay Area new music collective sfSound. His recordings include solo works on the Accord/Universal and Stradivarius labels. Later this year, his English translation of Ramón del Valle-Inclán’s novel, Flower of Sanctity, will be published in Great Britain. He has taught at the Escola de Música de Barcelona and served as artist-in-residence at UC Davis. Ben holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory, a Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto, and studied principally with Lorand Fenyves, Jorja Fleezanis and Malcolm Lowe.

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