A slick, fast-paced chatter interspersed with brilliant are the salient features of Quartteto Gelato shows. Peter de Sotto’s opening patter set the stage for the rest of the evening and his slick technical mastery of the violin guarantees interesting performances. Alexander Sevasian plays the accordion and does he play accordion. Finger dexterity, strong rhythmic leadership and sensitive phrasing, whether he is the featured performer or collabororating behind his colleagues work, characterize his presence on stage. Colin Maier, uses his acrobatic training to add bits of humour to serious performances and his work entitled ‘The Pipes’ presents the bagpipe as a mostly serious instrument. His mastery of circular breathing, a skill developed by many oboists, was featured in the pipe music as well as in the Oboe Concerto. Elizabeth McLellan served to support the men of the group and her cello playing was really only featured in ‘Al di La’. One could only wish for more from this fine cellist arranger.
Toronto-based Quartteto Gelato has been popular throughout its twenty year history, produced many CD’s and won several awards.