Lark Quartet

Quartet, Lark

The four women who began the Lark String Quartet in 1985 were Kay Stern & Robin Mayforth on violin, Anna Kruger on viola and Laura Sewell on cello. Laura was the first to imagine the quartet into existence. She had just returned home upon graduating to live with her parents in Minnesota. Laura established a non for profit status and a board before she’d fully enlisted personnel but quickly set up a meeting with Anna Kruger in New York who introduced her to Kay and Robin. Soon after, Laura applied for a Self magazine “Fresh Start” competition geared towards women who were starting over with a new beginning in their life. She won and the magazine took on the whole quartet. SELF paid for the quartet’s NEW YORK debut.

1st violin

Deborah Buck (born September 9, 1971 in Mountain View, California) is an American violinist who has built a diverse musical career, appearing with artists like Itzhak Perlman and Erykah Badu. Having served as the tenured concertmaster of the Brooklyn Philharmonic since 2009, Deborah has recorded for Motion Picture, Television, and was the soloist in Turner Classics, The Scarlet Letter. Her recitals have been heard in broadcasts around the U.S., and she has been a soloist with orchestras including the Little Orchestra SocietyBrooklyn Philharmonic, and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Deborah serves as Assistant Professor of Violin at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music and serves as the Co-Executive Director of the Kinhaven Music School. Ms. Buck performs on a violin by Vincenzo Postiglione, graciously on loan by Ray and Marcia Corwin.[4]

2nd violin

Basia Danilow (born January 23 in Brooklyn, New York) is a diverse violinist who engages in chamber music, recording, orchestral and solo performances. She has appeared in recital at Lincoln CenterWeill Recital Hall at Carnegie HallMerkin Concert Hall and the Kosciuszko Foundation as well as in Yugoslavia and Russia. Basia is concertmaster of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, a regular with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She has recorded for the Sony, Atlantic, RCA Victor Red Seal and Bridge labels and her radio and television broadcasts include WQXR, NPR’s œPerformance Today, Vermont Public Radio and PBS. Basia has appeared at the Caramoor Summer Music Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, Windham, Music Festival of the Hamptons, the International Summer Institute at the Moscow Conservatory.[5]


Kathryn Lockwood (born January 1, 1969 in BrisbaneAustralia) has built an international career as a chamber musician, soloist and teacher. A founding member of the Pacifica Quartet, Kathryn is currently the violist of duoJalal – an unusual viola and percussion duo with her husband Yousif Sheronick. She has performed regularly with the Camerata of St. John’s, the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble, at the Elm City ChamberFest the Telluride ChamberFest. Kathryn is a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts AmherstMontclair State University and is a regular guest teacher at her alma mater, the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Ms Lockwood plays an unknown Italian viola from the 18th Century Brescian School.[6]


Caroline Stinson (born April 20, 1975 in EdmontonAlberta) is a Canadian soloist, recitalist and chamber musician for concerts of traditional and contemporary repertoire. Having appeared as a soloist at Museum of Modern Art‘s Summergarden Series, (Le) Poisson Rouge and Bargemusic in New York City; Cité de la musique Strasbourg and the Lucerne Festival in Europe, and the Centennial Centre and Winspear Halls in Canada. Her début CD, Lines, was released in 2011 on Albany Records and she has over a dozen chamber music recordings to her credit. Ms. Stinson is a member of the new music and improvisation group, the Open End Ensemble, Co-Artistic Director of the Weekend of Chamber Music (based in the Catskills and is on the faculty of the Juilliard School. Caroline performs on a Thomas Dodd cello from 1800.[7]

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