Horizon String Quartet

Amy Hillis, Joshua Peters- violins 

Jeremy Buzash- viola Ariel Carrabré- cello

Born and raised in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the members of the Horizon String Quartet have earned Master of Music degrees from schools including the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Ottawa University, and the University of Manitoba.  The HSQ musicians have performed with the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Individually and collectively, they have performed at music festivals throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. They have also studied chamber music performance with members of the world’s leading string quartets including the Alban Berg, Guarneri, Emerson, St. Lawrence, and Cleveland Quartets. Both HSQ violinists play on instruments on generous loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank. Ms. Hillis plays on a 1820 Joannes Franciscus Pressenda and Mr. Peters plays on a ca. 1869 J.B. Vuillaume Violin and Vuillaume model bow.

Dedicated to both performance and education, the Horizon String Quartet makes community outreach and school presentations a priority in their performing schedules. They have given school presentations in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Québec, Nova Scotia, and San Francisco. During the past six years, the HSQ has toured to more than seventy different cities in western Canada and has presented for over 50,000 students, teachers, and members of the public. Their 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 tours were presented by Culture on the Go which is made possible through funding provided to the Saskatchewan Arts Board by the Government of Saskatchewan through the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport. Their 2018 tour was funded by the Canada Council for the Arts Touring Program: Arts Across Canada.  The HSQ was also awarded a “Junior Concerts” tour from the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC) for the spring of 2016. Praised by teachers for their “high quality teaching” and their “engaging, entertaining and informational” presentations, the HSQ hopes to continue to perform for young audiences throughout the prairies for years to come. 

This was one of the most engaging presentations of classical music that I have seen in a school in my 21 years experience
— Balgonie Elementary School

Horizon String Quartet at Balgonie Elementary School, 2014.

I can’t believe we were able to have such a quality presentation in our school for such a small amount of money. For a school with our small budget, we got our money’s worth and then some!
— Kennedy Langbank School
I believe it is through these types of artistic performances that many students truly see what music and playing an instrument is all about... this presentation sparked a lot of interest and enthusiasm in them... my students (Gr. 5) were chatting about the instruments and sounds even later that day
— Ecole White City School
Our students really enjoyed the performance and the quartet were excellent role models for our students to aspire to
— Holy Rosary Community School, Regina

Regina, SK, May 2015

This performance was supported by the Culture on the Go Touring Grant. Culture on the Go is funded by the Government of Saskatchewan and administered by the Saskatchewan Arts Board through an agreement with the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport.

The HSQ has two guest conductors- one for dynamics and one for tempo!