Dembeck String Quartet

Dembeck String Quartet. Toronto group active 1950-61 under the leadership of the violinist John Dembeck. The members were Dembeck and Stanley Kolt (violins), Robert Warburton (viola), and Cornelius Ysselstyn (cello).

Dembeck String Quartet

Dembeck String Quartet. Toronto group active 1950-61 under the leadership of the violinist John Dembeck. The members were Dembeck and Stanley Kolt (violins), Robert Warburton (viola), and Cornelius Ysselstyn (cello). In 1954 Warburton was replaced by Ross Lechow (briefly) and Jack Neilson, and Ysselstyn by Rowland Pack. The quartet made its CBC radio debut 12 Jan 1951 playing works by Haydn and Beethoven. Though known mostly for its CBC broadcasts, the quartet gave a few public recitals in Toronto. It appeared 3 Apr 1954 at a CLComp concert, playing Freedman'sFive Pieces for String Quartet and participating with the mezzo-soprano Trudy Carlyle in Alexander Brott'sSongs of Contemplation.


Further Reading

  • 'The birth of a string quartet,' CBC Times, 11-17 Feb 1951