String quartet sheds its violinists

String quartet sheds its violinists


norman lebrecht

August 03, 2021

The London-based Navarra String Quartet has recruited violinists Benjamin Marquise Gilmore and Laia Valentin Braun, to join violist Sascha Bota and cellist Brian O’Kane.

They replace Magnus Johnston and Marije Johnston after almost two decades.


  • Bill says:

    A violist’s dream!

    • David K. Nelson says:

      Well Bill a violist has time between after-beats to think up all manner of palace intrigue.

      But is this a matter of a quartet shedding its violinists, or of the violinists shedding the quartet?

  • Jan Kaznowski says:

    Yet another over-dramatic title. The real story is that the violinists are replaced, which is in the order of things

  • christopher storey says:

    Queen Anne’s axe : 5 new heads and 8 new handles

  • Bor says:

    Neither Sascha Bota nor Brian O’Kane were founding members

  • Maitreyee says:

    Inaccurate dramatized title to attract readers!! Even in this kind of scene, must you do this ? I know, otherwise no one reads !

  • John Borstlap says:

    It makes me think of the Ephrastos String Quartet which shed all of its strings after a quarrel during a tour through Argentina.