by Jeffrey Day
Scott St. John, the most excellent violinist who has been with the St. Lawrence Quartet, will be leaving the group this fall.
St. John joined the group eight years ago after the original second violinist departed and several others filled the slot for short periods. He and his wife, violist Sharon Wei, will be moving back to Canada where she has accepted a professorship. (St. Lawrence is quartet in residence at Stanford University in California.)
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, St. John made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1988 after winning first prize in the Alexander Schneider Competition; he also won the Young Concert Artists Award and an Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Geoff Nuttall, violinist with St. Lawrence and organizer of the chamber series, said St. John didn't want a big deal made about his leaving.
"It's not a secret or anything, but he's a very private person," Nuttall said.
St. John will be with the group through the fall and the quartet is starting to look around for someone who will be a great fiddler and a great fit.