"Gioco" means "playful" in Italian, which is why the Gioco String Quartet may be the perfect name for this lively crew of 11- to 13-year-olds. The young members sometimes end up giggling uncontrollably at rehearsals.
"We originally were going to call ourselves the 'Giggle Box String Quartet,'" says violinist Emma Steele, "but we thought 'gioco' sounded more professional."
The group has been together for three years now, a pretty long time considering that the eldest player, violist Nick Lash, is only 13.
Two of the quartet members are related: cellist Ben Lash is Nick's 11-year-old younger brother. The two usually get along pretty well, but every once in a while, sibling bickering erupts.
"They've gotten a lot better, though," says violinist Hannah Selonick.