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Quartetto Gelato

Quartetto Gelato
Origin Canada
Genres New Classical
Years active 1994–present
Labels Linus Universal
Website .caquartettogelato
Members Peter DeSotto
Liza McLellan
Alexander Sevastian
Colin Maier

Quartetto Gelato is a NPR Performance Today's Debut Artist of the Year in 1996. in 2010, they received the distinction as "Best Classical Group" at the 10th annual Independent Music Awards during Canadian Music Week.

Known for their musical versatility, the original groups' instrumental expertise has consisted of many different musical instruments including an operatic tenor in Peter DeSotto, a classical guitarist in George Meanwell and a dynamic accordionist composer and principal arranger in Claudio Vena. The first three CD releases of QG represent the founding members and instrumentation of the Group.

Their musical repertoire consists of a mix of classical masterworks and operatic arias with tangos, gypsy and folk songs from around the world. Unique in their field is their penchant for performing without musical scores and their sense of humor.

The quartet's CDs have literally been heard around the world - Canadian astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk took their first two CDs with him during his NASA flight on board the space shuttle Columbia. Despite having changed members frequently throughout the years, the Juno[1] and Gemini nominated Quartetto Gelato persists with repeat sold-out performances throughout the globe.


  • Current members 1
  • Past members 2
  • Discography 3
    • Albums 3.1
    • Compilations 3.2
    • Guest appearances 3.3
  • Videography 4
  • Awards and nominations 5
    • 1995 5.1
    • 1996 5.2
    • 1999 5.3
    • 2005 5.4
    • 2010 5.5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Current members

  • Peter DeSotto — tenor, violin, mandolin
  • Alexander Sevastian — accordion, piano
  • Liza McLellan — cello, bass
  • Colin Maier — oboe, clarinet, English horn, guitar, mandolin, piano, saw

Past members

  • Cynthia Steljes (deceased) — oboe, English horn
  • Kristina Reiko Cooper — cello
  • Elinor Frey — cello
  • Joseph Macerollo — accordion
  • George Meanwell — guitar, cello, mandolin
  • Claudio Vena — accordion, viola
  • Shalom Bard — clarinet
  • Carina Reeves — cello
  • Kornel Wolak — clarinet




Guest appearances


  • Quartetto Gelato - La Danza (Music Video) (1998)
  • CBC's Canada Day 2004: Merci Montreal! (2004)
  • Quartetto Gelato Explores Music and Wine DVD (2006)

Awards and nominations


  • Quartetto Gelato — Nomination: Best Classical Album — Solo or Chamber Ensemble Juno Award.
  • Quartetto Gelato — Nomination: Instrumental Artist(s) of the Year Juno Award.



  • La Danza — Quartetto Gelato — Nomination: Best Photography — Comedy, Variety, Performing Arts Program or Series Gemini Award.
  • La Danza — Quartetto Gelato — Nomination: Best Editing — Comedy, Variety, Performing Arts Program or Series Gemini Award.


  • Canada Day 2004: Merci Montréal — Nomination: Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series Gemini Award.


  • Quartetto GelatoWinner: Best Classical Group -- Independent Music Awards


  1. ^ "Juno Awards Database". //database.cajunoawards.  

External links

  • Quartetto Gelato's Official Website
  • Reviews of Quartetto Gelato (provided by official site)
  • Maple Music Site for the group
  • Linus Entertainment's Site
  • Review of Quartetto's latest compilation
  • Obituary for Cynthia Steljes
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