Best String Quartet
Quartet San Francisco
Despite its name, with its reference to Sin City across the bay, Quartet San Francisco's founder and chief arranger, Jeremy Cohen, resides on our fair shores. Founded in 2001, the quartet soon went on to serve two years as Mills College's Quartet-in-Residence. It also scored an impressive win at the 2004 International Tango Competition in New York, and, most importantly, received three Grammy nominations for its latest two CD releases. Látigo, released in 2006, received nominations for the Best Classical Crossover and Best Engineered, Classical. The following year, Whirled Chamber Music, with its intriguing mix of blues, funk, jazz, tango, and rock, scored the quartet another Grammy nomination for Best Classical Crossover. Chief amongst that recording's delights are seven tracks devoted to Raymond Scott, whose music has enlivened episodes of Looney Tunes and The Simpsons. With a repertoire as diverse as the East Bay's population, Quartet San Francisco gets our vote.