'String Quartet' can be
best described in just two words, 'Intimate' and 'Fascinating'.
'Intimate' because just these four instruments takes care of the
whole concert. The first violin might play the melody. But the
second violin and viola turn into accompaniments. The Cello,
meanwhile plays a bass line, with substance enough to be a melody by
itself. Such is the charm of the string quartet.
'Fascinating' because each instrument has much more to do than just
being a part of a huge orchestra.
The Madras String
Quartet (MSQ) was founded in 1993. The group is based in
Chennai, a southern city of the state of Tamilnadu, India. From a
modest beginning, the group has expanded their activities from mere
concert performances to recording, teaching and conducting
The MSQ has been striving to establish itself as one of the finest
in playing chamber music in the country. It has also been actively
involved in creating a generation of new audience who are sensitive
to listening and appreciating western chamber music tradition. The
group is also actively engaged in exploring new frontiers of playing
One such attempt was the release of the CD entitled Resonance.
The album released in April 2000, is an attempt to blend the two
classical traditions, namely the Western and the South Indian. The
album features compositions of South Indian classical music
rearranged for a string quartet using Western principles of harmony.
Visit 'Resonance- The album' for more details.