The Vaughan String Quartet

Vaughan String Quartet – Photo by Cleo Espiritu

Founded in February of 2013 in the city of Edmonton, The Vaughan String Quartet has become increasingly prominent among lovers of good music.

The quartet is composed of 2 Brazilians: Vladimir Rufino and Fabiola Amorim; and 2 Italians: Silvia Buttiglione and Mattia Berrini.

Vladimir Rufino (violin), who is married to Fabiola Amorim (viola), says that “reconciling work and personal life becomes easy because the goals of all four components are the same.”

About the playlist, Rufino explains that “the music that will be played during the year is chosen before the beginning of each season. First we decide on the theme, and the playlist comes next.”

The quartet has been presenting various shows, with songs of diverse styles and nationalities. In addition to solo concerts, they present in collaboration with artists from different countries like Canada, the United States and Brazil.

Vaughan in NY – Photo by Claudio Carlini

The group has had partnerships with the Banff Centre for Performing Arts, the Edmonton Recital Society, the Edmonton Opera, the Western Canadian Music Award, the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra, the Alberta College Conservatory of Music, and the St. Albert Chamber Music Recital Series.

Its first international concert was in the summer of 2015 in New York. The following year, the quartet performed in Europe, with concerts in France and Italy.

Some of the places in North America where the Vaughan Quartet has performed include: the Winspear Centre in Edmonton (AB), the Festival Hall in Calgary (AB), Rolston Hall in Banff Centre (AB), the Philip T. Young Recital Hall in Victoria (BC), the Sony Centre in Toronto (ON), Munson Recital Hall – Azusa Pacific University (CA), and Symphony Space in New York (NY).

When asked where the quartet would choose to perform their dream concert,  Rufino’s answer was, “Carnegie Hall in New York and La Scalla in Milan.”


In May, The Vaughan String Quartet will release its first CD with Brazilian and Italian music.

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