The Ironwood Quartet

The Ironwood Quartet is made up of four dynamic and passionate Canadian musicians: Jessica Linnebach and Carissa Klopoushak (violins), David Marks (viola), and Julia MacLaine (cello), a quartet of curious musicians whose home base is Canada’s National Arts Centre.  During the short years since their debut in 2014, Ironwood has become one of Canada’s premiere chamber music ensembles.  Originally from Edmonton, Saskatoon, Vancouver, and PEI and with musical interests ranging from Beethoven and Ravel to Philip Glass, Ukrainian and American folk music, Tango and Radiohead, their programming reflects a belief in the power of great music to unite.  They first performed together in the inaugural NAC's WolfGANG Sessions at Ottawa’s Mercury Lounge (a series devoted to contemporary chamber music) and immediately felt the strength of their musical connection and their common passion for the tremendous and extensive repertoire for string quartet.  Ironwood has achieved critical acclaim for their “take no prisoners” approach to performances, and have since performed across the country, in Paris, and in collaboration with pianists including Inon Barnatan and Jon Kimura Parker.  In 2019, the quartet became directors of the Classical Unbound Festival in Prince Edward County, Ontario.  2020 saw the quartet performing at GroundSwell Winnipeg before postponing engagements at Pontiac Enchanté, Toronto Summer Music, and at Classical Unbound.  Not to be completely sidelined by the pandemic, the group recorded a performance of Prokofiev's Overture on Hebrew Themes with Carson Becke and Sean Rice in November, performed a livestream concert for "NACO at the Fourth" in December, and were ecstatic to once again take the stage before a limited live audience at Ottawa Chamberfest 2021, performing a Mendelssohn quartet and the Dohnanyi Piano Quintet with Jamie Parker.  Ironwood is thrilled, at long last, to return to this beautiful space to perform for all of you.

Saturday, December 18th, 2021         7:00pm EST



Carissa Klopoushak, violin

Jessica Linnebach, violin

David Marks, viola

Julia MacLaine, cello