Grammy nominees for their2006 and 2007 releases, and International Tango competition winners (New York , 2004), Quartet San Francisco expresses itself in its agility and standout virtuosic playing. Quartet San Francisco is Jeremy Cohen and Alisa Rose , violinists, Keith Lawrence, violist, and Michelle Djokic, cellist. As crossover specialists they excel in multiple styles — from jazz to tango, pop to funk, blues to bluegrass, gypsy swing to big band and beyond.
Since its concert debut in 2001, Quartet San Francisco has offered its exclusive and ground-breaking literature to local, national and international audiences in a variety of venues that include tango and concert halls, jazz festivals, museums, and classrooms. In 2002 the quartet began its on-stage collaborations with tango dancers. In the 2004-06 academic years the quartet was in residence at Mills College in Oakland , CA.
Quartet San Francisco's recent seasons include performances at the Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY); Troy Music Hall (Troy, NY); Yoshi's Jazz Club (Oakland, CA); Herbst Theatre (San Francisco); Café Tortoni (Buenos Aires, Argentina); Portland Friends of Chamber Music (Portland, OR); La Jolla Music Society (La Jolla, CA) ; Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society Summer Music Festival; University of Vermont Lane Series; San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival (San Luis Obispo, CA); St. Peter's Church (New York, NY); Dumbarton Concert Series (Washington, DC); Manhattan School of Music; Berklee College of Music (Boston); The Jazzschool (Berkeley, CA); Ford Amphitheatre (Los Angeles); Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival (Redlands, CA); and the University of the Pacific’s Brubeck Festival at Mills College (Oakland, CA).
Their Latin and tango CD, "Látigo" (2006), was honored with Grammy nominations for Best Classical Crossover and Best Engineered, Classical. The quartet members are current Classical Crossover nominees for "Whirled Chamber Music" (2007), "…what could easily be the most cheerful and brilliantly-executed release of 2007" (Judith Schlesinger, All About Jazz, 22 October 2007). Their latest release, "QSF Plays Brubeck" (2009), celebrates the joyful jazz writing of Dave Brubeck in masterful arrangements for string quartet by Jeremy Cohen, Matt Brubeck, Larry Dunlap, and Robert Gilmore.