The primary members of the YXE Quartet are Jacqueline Nutting and Joan Savage on violin, Jim Legge on viola and Scott McKnight on cello.
Jacqueline Nutting was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She obtained a bachelor degree from Mcgill Universtity in Montreal. Her graduate work was done on fellowship at the University of Michigan where she completed master and doctorate degrees in violin performance. The focus of her doctoral thesis was contemporary Canadian repertoire for the violin from 1920 to present day, which included the commission and premiere performance of a work by Canadian composer Goef Holbrook. Former teachers include Yehonaton Berick, Andrew Jennings, Ellen Jewett and Mark Gothony. In 2018, she toured the United States with her piano trio, Virago Trio. She has also concertized in Turkey and throughout Canada. She held the position of director of the violin programs at St. Francis of Assisi and St. Thomas the Apostle schools in Ann Arbor, Michigan for 10 years. During her time in Michigan, she played with the Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House and held a private studio. She is pleased to return to Saskatoon and join the Saskatoon Symphony as Assistant Concertmaster while also opening a violin studio and continuing with chamber music projects in Canada and the United States.
Joan Savage earned degrees in violin performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (M.M.) and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (B.M.). Since returning home to Saskatoon, she maintains a busy schedule of teaching and performing, including as a member of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, co-director and performer with Prairie Virtuosi, and chamber music performances with many different arts organizations. As well as being active as a clinician and adjudicator throughout Saskatchewan, she is also a studio musician, and has performed for broadcast on radio and television.
James Legge, originally from Waterloo, Ontario, moved to Saskatoon to take the position of principal violist with the Saskatoon Symphony after completing his studies at McGill University. While living in Montreal James won chamber music prizes in the Jeunesses Musicales and CIBC competitions. Jim performs regularly as the violist in the Saskatoon Symphony Chamber Players, and has been a featured soloist with the Saskatoon Symphony, the Saskatchewan Chamber Orchestra, and Prairie Virtuosi. He has been a regular performer at the Calgary’s Mountain View Festival of Song and Chamber Music, Mountain View Connection, and Ontario’s Viola Camp, and co-directs Saskatoon’s Summer String Experience, a summer camp for young string players. Jim has a private studio of approximately thirty violin and viola students and, as a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, teaches in the Saskatoon Suzuki String Program. When not performing or teaching, Jim enjoys spending time playing with clay and a potter’s wheel.