Hailed by the New York Times as "provocative and brilliant" with "stunning technique and volatility," Geoff Nuttall began playing the violin at the age of eight after moving to London, Ontario from College Station, Texas. He spent most of his musical studies under the tutelage of Lorand Fenyves at the Banff Centre, the University of Western Ontario, and the University of Toronto, from which he received his Bachelor of Arts.
In 1989, Nuttall co-founded the St. Lawrence String Quartet. As first violinist of this world-renowned ensemble, he has performed well over 2000 concerts throughout North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The quartet's busy touring schedule has seen them in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall in London, Royal Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam, Theatre de Ville in Paris, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, as well as at the White House for President Clinton and guests.
With the St. Lawrence Quartet, Nuttall has served as an ensemble-in-residence at the Juilliard School, Yale University, and Hartt School of Music, with the members taking on roles as teaching assistants to the Juilliard, Tokyo, and Emerson String Quartets, respectively.
Nuttall is now on faculty at Stanford University, where the St. Lawrence Quartet is the ensemble-in-residence. He makes his home in the Bay Area with his wife Livia Sohn and their two sons, Jack and Ellis.