About the Amati Quartet Musicians
Marla Cole, violin, is a founding member of the University of Saskatchewan Amati Quartet which has performed for Queen Elizabeth II, and made their international debut with four concerts in Holland, as well as in Rome, and Cremona. Marla received a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance at the University of Saskatchewan, and was an Artist-in-Residence for one year at the Banff Centre for the Arts. She was a scholarship and award-winning student at the Royal College of Music in London, England where she received both the ARCM performer’s diploma and a Master of Music degree in violin performance. She has freelanced with many major London orchestras and has performed chamber music in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Hungary, Italy, Holland, and Austria in various ensembles. She performed with the Saskatoon Symphony for 12 years, serving two years as Principal Violin II. Marla has also performed as both Concertmaster and Principal Violin II with the Saskatoon Opera. She has also enjoyed adjudicating throughout the province for the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association. Marla has been recorded and broadcast by CBC radio, and can be heard on the CD ‘Songs of Woods, Rock and Water’ which features the music of Saskatchewan composer Gareth L. Cook.
Currently, Marla enjoys performing, private teaching, adjudicating, her business the Saskatoon String Ensemble -which provides chamber music for a multitude of events in Saskatchewan, and her latest endeavor with cellist Terry Sturge – Duo Virtuosi.
Rudolf Sternadel, violin, was born in Prague, and started violin lessons at the age of five. In 1980 he moved to Canada, where he began lessons with Prof. David Zafer, completing his Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto in 1991. He then enrolled at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he studied violin with Prof. Václav Snítil and chamber music with Prof. Lubomír Kostecký of the Smetana Quartet. During his stay in Europe Rudolf also toured Germany and Italy as a member of the RIAS Jugendorchester Berlin, and participated in several chamber music seminars. Upon returning to Canada he enrolled at the University of Toronto, completing his Master of Music degree in September 1994 under the tutelage of Prof. Loránd Fenyves. Until October 2000, he was involved in numerous freelance and chamber music activities in Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo. Rudolf is the former head of the Child / Parent String Program at the Regina Conservatory of Performing Arts, and is currently the Assistant Music Director / Librarian of the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra, and a member of both the Regina Symphony and the Per Sonatori Baroque Ensemble. This is Rudy’s fourth season with the Amati Quartet.
Geoff Cole, viola, is a founding member of the University of Saskatchewan Amati Quartet. Geoff studied at the Trinity College of Music in London, England, where he was a scholarship and prize-winning student, receiving a Performance Diploma with merit in 1994 and a Postgraduate Diploma with distinction the following year. He also attended the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies. Geoff was a freelance musician with several major London symphonies and a member of the Capriccio Quartet, which toured Europe and recorded for BBC television. Geoff was a member of the Saskatoon Symphony for seven years. He is currently working in the computer industry as a Director of Information Technology. Geoff and Marla live in Saskatoon with their two children who play the cello and the violin.
Terence Sturge, cellist, was born in Toronto, Canada in 1952 and moved to Victoria, B.C. in 1975 where he studied cello with his principal teacher, James Hunter at the University of Victoria, graduating in 1979 with a degree in cello performance. He has also participated in master classes with Zara Nelsova, William Pleeth and Janos Starker. While in Victoria he taught at the Conservatory, played in the Victoria Symphony and performed in several chamber groups. He has performed throughout Canada and in the U.S. with orchestras, as chamber musician and recitalist. Terry moved to Saskatoon in 1986 where he was artist-in-residence and principal cellist of the Saskatoon Symphony for three years. Resigning that position in 1989, Terry has enjoyed a busy career as a freelance cellist and teacher. He is married to flutist Randi Nelson and they have two children. This is Terry’s seventh season with the Amati Quartet, and he also plays with violinist Marla Cole in Duo Virtuosi.