Geoff Nuttall Named Artistic Director of the Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Music Series

Geoff Nuttall Named Artistic Director of the Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Music Series

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Charles Wadsworth and Geoff Nuttall
Photo by William Struhs

Geoff Nuttall has been named the incoming Charles E. and Andrea L. Volpe Artistic Director of the Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Music Series. Nuttall, who became associate artistic director of the festival chamber music series in 2008, will assume leadership from longtime artistic director Charles Wadsworth beginning with the 2010 festival. Nuttall says he finds the appointment bittersweet: “Charles has been a friend and mentor to me for many years and I’m sad he’s leaving. At the same time I am excited about this opportunity, especially with Dock Street Theatre reopening next year. I feel like I’ve been given keys to a Ferrari.”

Nuttall first performed at the festival in 1995 with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, which he co-founded 20 years ago. He is on faculty at Stanford University, and makes his home in California with his wife, violinist Livia Sohn, and their young son Jack.

Regarding the announcement, Wadsworth said: “I’ve known Geoff and the St. Lawrence String Quartet for 18 years and I respect him as one of the most committed, sensitive and dedicated artists in the world today. I feel completely happy that Spoleto’s chamber music series—which I love so much—could not be in better hands.”(—Condensed from the press release)

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