Bon Voyage, Alessandra

As some of you know, our violist Alessandra is leaving Los Angeles this week for Seattle to attend graduate school at the University of Washington.

We are excited for her to begin this new amazing chapter of her life and look forward to seeing what she will do next in her career! We are also, of course, sad to see her go. It is poignant to think of the ways in which we have all grown over the past three years that we have been playing together (see photo below of our very first performance). I never imagined that I would be lucky enough to work with three beautiful, true musicians who I love like my sisters and learn from in every single rehearsal and performance; I feel grateful that both ISQ and our friendship have proven to be strong and resilient.

While we are looking forward to our future as a quartet in Los Angeles, we will miss the lovely, thriving spirit that Alessandra brought to our rehearsals and the music that we played together. Not to mention the cats Maeby & Miles, A’s off-color comments and endearing blonde moments (okay, those might still exist), and amazing coffee and baked goods at our morning rehearsals.

But this is not goodbye!

We are excited to visit A once she is settled in Seattle, and to hopefully play together again when her schedule allows.

As for Emily, Madeline, and Betsy, the Isaura String Quartet looks forward to an exciting season of new music with several very talented Los Angeles violists. Plans for challenging programs and inspiring collaborations are in the works, so stay tuned for updates!

-MF