Saint John String Quartet

Violinists David Adams, and Danielle Sametz, violist Christopher Buckley, and cellist Sonja Adams


One of the most satisfying and pleasurable CDs to appear this year”, Bob Kerr of CBC Vancouver’s “Off The Record“.


The Saint John String Quartet is full of musical energy and ensemble strength”, Joanna Manning -Telegraph Journal. 


The Saint John String Quartet is as likely to be co-starring with Canadian pop favorites like bluesman Matt Anderson or opening for international superstar Meat Loaf as it is to be performing the masterworks of Haydn or Beethoven. It’s this flexibility that makes them popular on stages in Europe, China, Hong Kong, Japan and the USA as well as home.

The Quartet maintains an active schedule of more than 125 concerts each year in addition to their work as musicians-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick. The Quartet has played for the Prime Minister of Canada, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth the Second and at prestigious festivals such as the Tochigi Music Festival in Japan, the Arcady festival in the USA and the Forbidden City Festival in Beijing, China. The Saint John String Quartet toured Belgium, France, Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil and Chile in 2016.

Marking nearly 29 years together, the group released their fifth album – Montage –in October 2014. The Saint John String Quartet focuses on performing and recording works that are new, innovative or under appreciated in the classical music world and their latest recording achieves it all.

Their fourth album attracted a Juno nomination in the Classical Composition of the Year category, and a Music NB award for Best Album of the Year. They were awarded the 2012 Lieutenant Governor's NBYO Award, which recognizes their leadership and contributions to the musical development of youth and the orchestral community in New Brunswick. They were awarded a Saint John Arts Award for Classical Music in 2012 and won the East Coast Music Award for "Best Classical Album of the Year”. In 1995, the Saint John String Quartet presented the first chamber music concert on the World Wide Web, and continues to maintain a presence on YouTube and various social media channels.

David Adams

 David Adams, a native of Winnipeg Manitoba, completed his Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of Toronto and went on to pursue his career as a professional violinist. With many scholarships and first prizes to his credit, Adams has gained critical acclaim as a soloist, conductor, chamber and orchestral musician. Along with his active performing schedule, Adams teaches privately, performs in school concerts and coaches youth orchestras. David Adams received the New Brunswick Merit Award, the Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Metal for his contribution to Music in New Brunswick.

Danielle Sametz

Danielle Sametz grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan where she began her musical studies on both violin and piano.  During her time in Regina Danielle was a member of the Regina Symphony Orchestra and also completed her Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto certification studying with Dr.Jamie Syer. She successfully completed her Bachelor of Music from Brandon University (BU) in 2009, studying with Kerry DuWors and Mark Rudoff. Danielle was a member of the string quartet-in-residence at the Centre for Opera in Sulmona, Italy, has collaborated with Winnipeg rock band 'From the Moon' on their album The Cyclist, was a Saskatchewan representative at the National Arts Program of Canada during the 2009 Summer Games and travelled to Palestine and Israel for a concert series and tour with faculty of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music. After finishing her Masters degree at the Aaron Copland school in New York City she spent 18 months in South Africa playing with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra. Danielle is currently second violinist with the Saint John String Quartet and Symphony New Brunswick.

Christopher Buckley

 Christopher Buckley, a native of New Brunswick, finished his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England and has returned to enrich his home province as a performing violist. Buckley maintains a large roster of private students, performs in school concerts and coaches youth orchestras. A frequent volunteer of his time and talent, Buckley has received the New Brunswick Merit Award for his contribution to Arts and Culture. Before returning to Canada, he performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, Northern Ireland and was the violist for the resident quartet in Bermuda (Menuhin Foundation).

Sonja Adams

  Before earning her Bachelor of Music in Performance degree from the University of Toronto in 1985, Sonja Adams was actively involved in the flourishing Vancouver music scene. She has incorporated the same interest in her adopted home province, with an impressive private studio that includes students from across New Brunswick. She also coaches a number of the province’s youth orchestras, including the award-winning New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and serves as faculty at summer music camps and extensive in-school concert programs. Recognizing her enduring commitment to Arts and Culture in the province - both as a volunteer and as a professional musician - Sonja Adams was honoured with a New Brunswick Merit Award.

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Upcoming Events

  • Mar 29
    St. Francis Xavier,  Sussex
  • Apr 4
    STU Recital Room,  Fredericton
  • Apr 6
    Resurgo Place,  Moncton
  • Apr 7
    Saint John Arts Centre,  Saint John
  • Apr 15
    Capitol Theatre,  Moncton