We are a group of musicians living and working in Manchester who love to play music together. As a quartet we are always looking for new ways to perform and explore the wealth of repertoire that is out there - whether by ourselves or in collaboration with others - in order to make music as enjoyable and accessible to as many people as possible.
During the first year we performed together, our quartet were finalists in the 1st Sándor Végh International String Quartet Competition in Budapest where we were awarded a special prize for our 'outstanding performance' of Lajtha String Quartet No.7. We were also winners of the St Martin-in-the-Fields chamber music prize 2014, and after a series of successful auditions, were selected for the Enterprise Music Scotland Residency Project 2014-15, as St John’s Smith Square Young Artists 2014-15, and as resident quartet for the 2015 Wye Valley Chamber Festival. We have subsequently enjoyed playing regularly for audiences throughout Britain and Europe - most recently a concert in the Grand Hall of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.
In 2015, the quartet was invited to perform in the Beethoven Plus series at King's Place, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Cottier Chamber Project, and the International Musicians Platform Festival. We performed live on BBC Radio 3 (both In Tune and Proms Plus) and on BBC Radio Scotland's Classics Unwrapped. A busy 2015 has also included exciting collaborations with Daniel Tong, Susan Tomes, Anna Hashimoto and Krysia Ostostowicz. We were recently awarded a place as International Young Artist quartet at the Royal Northern College of Music 2016, and as Young Artists, were invited to Vilnius where we took part in a week of European Chamber Music Academy masterclasses this October.
We have been lucky to study with Laura Samuel and David Watkin, and have enjoyed masterclasses with members of the Chilingirian, Dante, Elias, Endellion, Lindsay, London Haydn, and Maggini quartets.
We are really looking forward to taking up our residency at the RNCM this year and to new collaborations with other artists and ensembles including a concert of Brahms' beautiful piano quintet in St Andrews with Susan Tomes and an octet tour of Scotland in 2017 with the wonderful Gildas quartet.