Last Stand Quartet, National Symphony Orchestra
Last Stand Quartet, National Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 2010, The Last Stand Quartet brings together four of The National Symphony Orchestra’s musicians - violinists Joel Fuller and Alexandra Osborne, violist Mahoko Eguchi and cellist Rachel Young - who each enjoy sharing their passion for chamber music and performing for a wide range of audiences.

Commended by The Washington Post for their “consistent refinement and interpretive restraint”, The Last Stand Quartet’s performance highlights include a sold-out concert for the Kennedy Center’s Fortas Chamber Music Series, the Odeon Chamber Music Series, collaborative performances with Kentucky Shakespeare and the Shakespeare Theatre Company entitled Sonnets and Soliloquies, concerts throughout DC including at the Smithsonian Institute and DAR Constitution Hall, shows at the DC gathering place Busboys and Poets, appearances at the Kennan Institute, Hip Hop Collaborations through The National Symphony Orchestra’s In Your Neighborhood initiative, frequent appearances on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and the Chamber Music Series at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

The Last Stand Quartet’s members collectively hold degrees in performance from The Curtis Institute of Music, Indiana University, Juilliard, New England Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Yale University.  The LSQ’s name is inspired from its members, upon founding, being the most recent hires in each string section of The National Symphony, and sitting ‘in the last stand’ for the NSO’s official photographs based on seniority.