ChamberStudio provides high-level coaching for professional chamber musicians in the early stages of their careers.

Steven Isserlis coaching Trio Isimsiz June 2014. Photo Marc Gascoigne 

“ChamberStudio provides wonderful opportunities for young groups to work with some of the finest musicians around today…”

Steven Isserlis CBE, IMS Prussia Cove Artistic Director

Alasdair Beatson to coach Lipatti Piano Quartet

Pianist Alasdair Beatson will coach the Lipatti Piano Quartet as part of the group’s new study programme at ChamberStudio, with the first public masterclass on 19th October at Kings Place. After an Initial Session and discussion with Artistic Director Richard Ireland, the group chose to work with Alasdair, who performs as both a soloist and chamber […]

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Application deadline for 2016: 31st October

If your chamber music group is looking for high-level coaching, or you know an emerging group that might benefit from the customised, subsidised training we offer, time is running out to apply for our early 2016 sessions. The deadline is 31st October, so please get in touch soon and spread the word.   The new […]

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Peter Carter on why practice and Urtexts are over-rated

Peter Carter was leader of the Allegri Quartet from 1976 to 2005. He recently read our interview with the late Peter Cropper, in which the Lindsays’ first violinist ran through his A–Z of chamber music. Carter has some important points to add to the list, including some controversial views on whether chamber musicians should practise individually, […]

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Catherine Manson Haydn Masterclass, 16th & 17th September

Catherine Manson will coach the Gildas Quartet on 16th and 17th September as part of the group’s study programme with ChamberStudio. The players – Christopher Jones, Gemma Sharples, Kay Stephen and Anna Menzies – are Park Lane Group Young Artists and winners of a Tunnell Trust Concert Award. They will work on Haydn Quartets op.20 nos.4 and 6. Catherine Manson’s expertise in period performance and experience as […]

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Catherine Manson on the delights and challenges of Haydn

Haydn’s great string quartets are often taken for granted and programmed badly. Catherine Manson, who will be giving masterclasses for ChamberStudio on his op.20 nos.4 and 5 on 16th and 17th September, talks to Ariane Todes about why this has happened and discusses her approach to playing and teaching his works   Given that Catherine Manson formed […]

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Three key chamber music concepts from West Dean

For three days last month, three ChamberStudio 2014–15 Mentorship groups secluded themselves in the beautiful surroundings of West Dean College to work with coaches Richard Ireland and David Waterman. Stephanie Tress, cellist of the Solem Quartet, explains three important concepts her group focused on while studying Beethoven’s ‘Harp’ Quartet, Haydn’s op.20 no.4 and Mendelssohn’s F minor Quartet: ‘The most important […]

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Photos from West Dean residency 2015

At the end of June, three ChamberStudio groups – Linos Piano Trio, Solem Quartet and Artesian Quartet – decamped to West Sussex for three days of intense study in the beautiful environs of West Dean College, under the tutelage of Richard Ireland and David Waterman. Photographer Marc Gascoigne went with them and captured some of the atmosphere in […]

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New masterclass system for ChamberStudio

ChamberStudio is introducing a new masterclass system, replacing its mentorship scheme and ad hoc masterclasses with individual programmes designed specifically for each group that is accepted. Groups who apply to ChamberStudio will play at an initial session with Artistic Director Richard Ireland, with whom they will discuss their development needs and create a plan, based on […]

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Summer Residency Programme

David Waterman (Endellion Quartet) and Richard Ireland (ChamberStudio Artistic Director) will be working with ChamberStudio’s 2014-15 Mentorship groups over 3 days in the beautiful house and grounds of West Dean College to bring this year’s Mentorship programme to an end. Date: Monday 29th June – Wednesday 1st July Mentorship Groups:                    […]

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Peter Cropper 1945–2015

We are devastated by the loss of Peter Cropper, who died of a heart attack on 29 May. He was unique, both as a player and as a teacher, and inspired many of today’s chamber musicians and music lovers. He was also a generous and loyal colleague, and a great supporter of ChamberStudio. The world […]

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Ferenc Rados and Rita Wagner will be giving Masterclasses in June

We are delighted to welcome Rita Wagner for her first visit to ChamberStudio and to welcome back Ferenc Rados who gave an inspiring masterclass for us two years ago. These masterclasses are open to observers, but please contact us ( if you’d like to come so that we can add your name to the list. The sessions on […]

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Interview with Shmuel Ashkenasi

Violinist and Vermeer Quartet founder Shmuel Ashkenasi explains the importance of balance in quartet playing, and why compromise doesn’t always work in music   What are the most common problems you see with young string quartets? Some young quartets get together too early, neglecting to develop their instrumental skills. Others develop properly on the instrument […]

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Peter Cropper’s A-Z of chamber music

ChamberStudio Mentor and violinist Peter Cropper shares his personal A-Z of chamber music. Find out what he says about amateurs, first violinists and quartet chemistry, among many other topics, in the latest of our series of interviews with key people associated with ChamberStudio.

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‘You must want to play in a quartet, and not just do it because you don’t have enough solo work’ – ChamberStudio mentor Christoph Richter

Cellist and ChamberStudio mentor Christoph Richter has shared with us his recipe for a successful chamber ensemble, his tips for how to avoid conflict, and why too much eye contact can be detrimental to performance. Read Ariane Todes’ interview with Christoph, the third in our series of articles featuring key figures in ChamberStudio.

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Change to Mentorship group for 2014-15

Sadly, the Hieronymus Quartet have had to withdraw from our 14/15 Mentorship scheme due to one of their players having an injury. We’re delighted that we’ve been able to arrange instead for the Mentorship to be taken up by the Linos Piano Trio. They will work with Peter Cropper as their principal mentor for the […]

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David Waterman shares his thoughts on chamber music playing and teaching

A regular professor at ChamberStudio Masterclasses, David Waterman of the Endellion Quartet was asked some searching questions – and gave some candid answers to interviewer Ariane Todes. Read the interview, the second in our series of articles on key people involved with ChamberStudio.

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Ralph Kirshbaum features in new series of online interviews

In a new series of interviews for the ChamberStudio website, Ariane Todes, former editor of The Strad magazine, talks to some of the people involved in the organisation to discover their insights about music. In the first of the series she talks to cellist Ralph Kirshbaum, who coaches on 5 October, about the art of […]

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New look for ChamberStudio

We’re pleased to reveal a fresh new look for ChamberStudio to coincide with the launch of our fifth season. We worked with designers Kate Benjamin and Ian Fenton to produce a visual identity that communicates what ChamberStudio means to us, to the musicians we support and to those who support us. We hope you enjoy […]

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New season Calendar published

A new season of Masterclasses begins on 5 October.  The new season features Masterclasses with some of the finest chamber music specialists working today. Applications are now open to groups. Observers are welcome at our Masterclasses.

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Repertoire announced for Annual Concert

        Details have now been confirmed and we can reveal that the programme for ChamberStudio’s Annual Concert at 11.30am on 23 November will be: Solem Quartet Haydn String Quartet Op 20 No 1 Artesian Quartet Haydn String Quartet Op 76 No 2 Hieronymus Quartet Beethoven String Quartet Op 95 Book tickets   […]

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New season highlights on sale

This month we bid farewell to our current Mentorship groups and prepare to welcome their successors in the Autumn. Hear all three of them (Artesian Quartet, Hieronymus Quartet and Solem Quartet) in concert on Sunday 23 November in Kings Place Hall One Book. From October, a new season of Sunday masterclasses begins, launching with a […]

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Mentorship Residency & Concert

Our three current Mentorship groups round off their year of support and coaching with a three-day residential course and public concert in the beautiful surroundings of West Dean College in Sussex 30 June-2 July. The Busch Ensemble, Ruisi Quartet and Bernadel Quartet will benefit from masterclasses with Richard Ireland and Richard Lester before playing to […]

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Ruisi Quartet in Chamber Classics Unwrapped

The Ruisi Quartet, one of the current ChamberStudio Mentorship groups, is to take part in Kings Place’s Chamber Classics Unwrapped series, with a Study Day on French Chamber Music. They will play Debussy’s String Quartet as part of an in-depth exploration of the work with Stephen Johnson. Tickets are still available for the Study Day […]

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New Mentorship Groups announced

ChamberStudio is delighted to announce the 2014-15 Mentorship groups: Artesian Quartet Hieronymus Quartet Solem Quartet     The ChamberStudio Mentorship Scheme provides the opportunity for outstanding post-college chamber ensembles to study in depth with a chosen Mentor for an academic year. The selection process included a written application, a discussion, and masterclasses with Richard Ireland […]

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Booking open for Steven Isserlis Public Masterclass on 1 June

Booking has opened for the final Public Masterclass of ChamberStudio’s current season, when we welcome acclaimed international cellist Steven Isserlis, coaching ensembles from ChamberStudio: Navarra Quartet, The Busch Ensemble, and Trio Isimsiz ‘The music world – and music itself – is infinitely richer for the presence of Steven Isserlis.’Gramophone Magazine As a chamber musician and recitalist Steven Isserlis […]

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Ralph Kirshbaum Public Masterclass to launch new season

  Ralph Kirshbaum returns to ChamberStudio on Sunday 5 October (2.00-6.00pm, Kings Place, Hall Two) to lead another Public Masterclass with three young ensembles (full details and booking information to follow). The event will launch ChamberStudio’s 2014-15 season, which will include several large-scale events as well as weekly masterclasses and a new year of Mentorship to […]

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Mentorship concerts on 1 and 3 April at 22 Mansfield Street

              A thrilling chance to hear all three of ChamberStudio’s current mentorship groups in concert, in the splendid setting of 22 Mansfield Street. By kind permission of Bob and Elizabeth Boas. Tuesday 1 April, 7.30pm The Busch Ensemble Beethoven Piano Trio No 1 in E flat major, op 1 no […]

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Richard Ireland awarded prestigious chamber music medal

We are delighted to announce that ChamberStudio founder and Artistic Director has been awarded the 2014 Cobbett Medal for services to chamber music by the Worshipful Company of Musicians. This is in recognition for his work at ChamberStudio and many years as a distinguished violinist, chamber musician and teacher. One such medal is awarded each year, […]

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Mentorship Scheme 2014/15 – applications closed

ChamberStudio Mentorship Scheme 2014/15           The ChamberStudio Mentorship Scheme provides the opportunity for up to three outstanding UK-based chamber ensembles in the early post-college stages of their career to study in depth for a year with a chosen ChamberStudio Professor in a flexible yet structured setting. The scheme runs from October […]

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Philip and Christine Carne honoured in the 2013 HRH The Prince of Wales Arts Philanthropy Awards

On 11 December 2013 HRH The Prince of Wales presented five medals for Arts Philanthropy. The medals celebrate those who support the arts in its widest forms. Congratulations to Philip and Christine Carne of The Richard Carne Trust on their award which is hugely deserved. Click here to read the press release. Learn more about […]

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Shmuel Ashkenasi

Born in 1941, Israeli violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi began his musical training in Tel-Aviv studying with legendary pedagogue Ilona Feher, the teacher of such violinists as Pinchas Zuckerman and Shlomo Mintz. He arrived in the United States while still young and studied with Efrem Zimbalist at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ashkenasi captured […]

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Booking open: Shmuel Ashkenasi Public Masterclass Sunday 23 March 2014

The first of our two Public Masterclasses in Kings Place Hall Two in 2014 is now on sale. Tickets can be booked online via the Kings Place website, by phone 020 7520 1490 or in person at the Kings Place ticket desk. No booking fee applies however you book. World–renowned violinist and quartet leader Shmuel […]

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Feature: Navarra Quartet, Mentorships and more in Kings Place Magazine Winter 13/14

Kings Place Magazine out now with a feature by Helen Wallace on the Navarra Quartet and ChamberStudio. Read the article here and subscribe to the Kings Place mailing list here to receive future issues.

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Feature: Classical Music Magazine Nov 2013 ‘Sunday School’

For the past three years, ChamberStudio at Kings Place has been providing masterclasses for chamber ensembles at the start of their careers. Toby Deller meets artistic director and founder Richard Ireland to find out where the idea came from and how it has developed over the years…. Read the article here.

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ChamberStudio Annual Concert – Sunday 10 November at Kings Place, Hall One

A late morning concert presenting two outstanding ensembles from the past year at ChamberStudio. Cellist Guy Johnston joins ChamberStudio’s inaugural Mentorship group for 2013 the Navarra Quartet in Schubert’s final masterpiece. The Busch Ensemble, a Mentorship recipient for 13/14, makes its Kings Place debut with Ravel’s richly conceived piano trio. “The excellent Navarra String Quartet” […]

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Forthcoming Public Masterclasses

We are delighted to announce the following Public Masterclasses at Kings Place: Shmuel Ashkenasi Sunday 23 March 2014 Hall Two, 11am-3pm       Steven Isserlis Sunday 1 June 2014 Hall Two, 2-6pm         Andras Schiff Sunday 7 June 2015 Hall One

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Mentorships 13/14 announced

Outstanding UK-based chamber groups The Busch Ensemble, Bernadel Quartet and Ruisi Quartet are the recipients of ChamberStudio’s prestigious Mentorships for 13/14. ChamberStudio is based at Kings Place, London, and this newly-expanded Mentorship programme is generously funded by the Albert & Eugenie Frost Music Trust, Fidelio Charitable Trust, John Lewis Partnership, Musicians Benevolent Fund and The […]

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Future highlights – 2013 annual concert announced

We are delighted to announce that our next concert will take place on Sunday 10 November at 1130 in Hall 1 at Kings Place. For further details and to book tickets please visit This coffee concert will feature our inaugural Mentorship group the Navarra Quartet in Schubert’s ever-popular String Quintet in C with guest […]

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ChamberStudio welcomes Melvyn Tan and Catherine Manson

On Sunday 19 May ChamberStudio is running a special event dedicated to the interpretation and performance of classical chamber music repertoire using period instruments. Celebrated specialists in this field, pianist Melvyn Tan and violinist Catherine Manson will guide young professional ensembles using period instruments: fortepiano instead of modern piano, stringed instruments with gut strings and […]

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Mentorship 2013 – latest news

Since we announced the recipient of our inaugural Mentorship – supported by the Musicians Benevolent Fund – the Navarra String Quartet has had its first coaching sessions with Endellion Quartet ‘cellist David Waterman, and with Berlin-based chamber Professor violinist Eberhard Feltz, during the first of his four special visits to London “It was wonderful to […]

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ChamberStudio Mentorship 2013 awarded

ChamberStudio announces the Navarra String Quartet as the recipient of the ChamberStudio Mentorship 2013 The Navarra String Quartet has been awarded the prestigious ChamberStudio Mentorship 2013. ChamberStudio is based at Kings Place, London, and this newly launched mentorship programme is generously supported by the Musicians Benevolent Fund. The ChamberStudio Mentorship provides the opportunity for one […]

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Ralph Kirshbaum

  The distinguished career of Texas-born cellist Ralph Kirshbaum, which encompasses the worlds of solo performance, chamber music, recording and pedagogy, places him in the highest echelon of today’s cellists. He enjoys the affection and respect not only of audiences worldwide, but also of his many eminent colleagues and students. Ralph Kirshbaum has appeared with […]

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Registered Charity

We are delighted to announce that ChamberStudio is now a registered charity. This means that we are now officially constituted, and can go full steam ahead with exciting plans for the future. ChamberStudio is indebted to the Richard Carne Trust, Cavatina Chamber Music Trust, Paul Morgan Trust, Coln Trust, Kings Place Music Foundation, and to […]

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Masterclass Calendar

If you are new to ChamberStudio and are interested in receiving information about the upcoming masterclasses, please email us at and we will add you to the mailing list.

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Showcase Concert

ChamberStudio puts on a Showcase concert in Hall 1 at Kings Place each year to provide a high-profile performing opportunity for selected groups from the masterclasses.  The last Showcase concert was on 24th June 2012.  Please click here to see details of the programme.  The previous concert was in May 2011, and this included the Cavaleri […]

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Magazine Articles

Click here to read what people have been reporting about ChamberStudio in the media

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Junior Groups

A new expanded Junior Masterclass Day was held on Sunday 3rd February 2013 with James Boyd and Richard Ireland teaching.  These special events are open to pre-formed school-age chamber groups.  Click here for further information.

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Ferenc Rados

ChamberStudio hosted a special visit from the distinguished Hungarian musician Ferenc Rados on 27 November 2011.  An inspiring day, with the Belcea Quartet, Barbirolli Quartet, Wu Quartet and the Lawson Trio having masterclasses in Hall 2 at Kings Place. Ferenc Rados was Professor of piano and chamber music at the Franz Liszt University of Music.  […]

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