Passionate about chamber music, the Toronto-based Odin Quartet represents the diversity and the promise of youth in Canada: violinist Alex Toskov is originally from Belgrade, Serbia; Tanya Charles Iveniuk, also a violinist, grew up in Hamilton, Ontario with roots in St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Laurence Schaufele, is a violist from Bow Island, Alberta; and Samuel Bisson, cellist, and composer, hails from Ottawa, Ontario.

Named after the one-eyed Norse god, seeker of knowledge, and holder of the wisdom of the world, the Odin Quartet explores the role of classical music in modern-day storytelling. Since 2015, the ensemble is also dedicated to making classical music accessible to new generations of listeners, by promoting modern Canadian compositions, including those of cellist Samuel Bisson, alongside classical music literature.

In June 2015, the Odin Quartet took part in the Luminato Festival’s epic production of R Murray Schafer’s 1980 oratorio Apocalypsis. Since their 2017 debut at the opening gala of the Music Niagara Festival, the Quartet has been a recurring performer at the summer festival, in 2019 and 2021. Other festival appearances include the University of Toronto’s New Music Festival, Midday Music with Shigeru, the Ottawa Valley Music Festival, Guelph Connections, and Music Mondays Toronto.

The Odin Quartet has enjoyed multiple collaborations with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra as its ensemble-in-residence since 2018; most recently, the quartet premiered a new piece for string quartet and symphony orchestra by Samuel Bisson, under the baton of Maestro Ron Royer.

The Quartet has recorded numerous film scores both locally and internationally and is regularly featured in musical projects by other Toronto artists. In November 2021 Odin Quartet released their debut album titled “Journey Through Night”.

The Odin Quartet presented its first concert season in 2019-2020 at the Yorkminster Citadel in Toronto and looks forward to resuming in-person performances as it launches its second concert season in the fall of 2021.