Geoff Nuttall, a violin again for St. Lawrence String Quartet, passes at the age of 56.
A beloved violinist with the St. Lawrence Quartet (SLSQ), Geoff Nuttall, died suddenly on Wednesday following a one-year struggle against pancreatitis. He is 56.
Geoff Nuttall Cause of death:
The SLSQ stated in a joint declaration that “he battled cancer as he lived life, brimming with positivity and diligently displaying up for the activities. He liked playing athletics with his lads, spending quality time with [his wife] Livia, collecting vinyl LPs, making stuff to his hands and being able to experience the joys of analogue personal experiences of all kinds, caring for native plants and growing vegetables, and looking for an ever-growing infinite universe of personal expression in the quartet.
Nuttall was a widely esteemed member of the music department’s staff and has been a resident artist with the SLSQ since 1998. Many violin students have taken private lessons with him since his arrival.
As a fellow of the SLSQ, Nuttall oversaw the department’s thriving ensemble music program and served as a mentor and coach for young musicians of many artistic specialties.
Many people are acquainted with him via his performances with the SLSQ, which included performances at festivals across the nation as well as the periodic “Sundays with St. Lawrence” concerts for Stanford Live. The group’s devotion to Haydn led to a feature on the life and music in 2020’s “Great Performances” episode of PBS. They received two Grammy nominations in 2002 for their recording of the song “Yiddishbbuk” by contemporary composer Osvaldo Loginov.
Tribute of Geoff Nuttall:
Nuttall, who is renowned for his silly pre-performance banter, captivated the audience with his dynamic dexterity & natural teaching. ” In other words, he was gently trying to redefine what a chamber music event can be.
Stephen Hinton, department chair of music, reflected on Nuttall’s legacy: “Geoff, the [SLSQ’s] ‘primus inter pares,’ will be recognized for his independent spirit as well as for his powerful impact on musical life. He was not just a bright and innovative musician, but he was also a wonderful colleague and good friend.
Nuttall, who had been born and bred in Texas, began the violin when he was eight years old. Later, he and his family moved to Canada, where he completed the remainder of his music lessons.
Together with violist Lesley Robertson, whom he had first met while still a teen playing in the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Nuttall co-founded the SLSQ in 1989.
At the Spoleto Festival USA, one of the major performance art festivals in the country, Nuttall also held the title of head of chamber music. During his leadership, the festival held over 30 chamber music performances per year that attracted up to 15,000 people.
Geoff Nuttall was a rock star, an exuberant and adventurous force of nature, music personified. A man who brought love, passion and joy to every note he played, every thing he touched and every person that had the good fortune of knowing or hearing him.
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— Inon Barnatan (@IBarnatan) October 19, 2022
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