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Alasdair Beatson

Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson works prolifically as soloist and chamber musician.  Highlights of 2017 include concerts in London’s Wigmore Hall and Kings Place, Zurich’s Tonhalle, West Cork, Ryedale, Resonances and Ernen festivals, and collaborations with Adrian Brendel, Philippe Graffin, Pekka Kuusisto, Alexander Melnikov, Pieter Wispelwey, the Doric String Quartet, Meta4 and the Nash Ensemble among […]

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Pavlo Beznosiuk

Pavlo Beznosiuk

Over the past 25 years Pavlo Beznosiuk has established a formidable reputation as one of Europe’s most respected Baroque violinists, with a busy international career as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster and director. Pavlo has a long association with the Academy of Ancient Music (AAM). He first toured with the orchestra in 1985, and since […]

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Richard Boothby

Richard Boothby

After studying with Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Salzburg, Richard Boothby founded the Purcell Quartet in 1984 and was a founder member of Fretwork in 1985. Since then his career has been bound up with these two groups with whom he records and tours; and through whom he plays the broadest range of repertory for the instrument from […]

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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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András Schiff. Photo: Marc Gascoigne

Application deadline for Autumn 2018: 1st July

If your chamber music group is looking for high-level coaching, or you know a group that might benefit from the training we offer, we are now inviting applications for our Autumn 2018 Mentorships. The deadline is 1st July 2018. The flexibility of ChamberStudio Mentorships enables groups to develop in the specific ways that are most […]

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Peter Carter

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

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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Former Participating Ensembles

12 Ensemble/ Alauda Quartet/ Albany Piano Trio/ Amaryllis Piano Trio/ Artesian Quartet/ Astrid Quartet/ Attacca Trio/ Aurea Quartet/ Baldaccio Quartet/ Barbican Quartet/ Benyounes Quartet/ Bernadel Quartet/ Brodowski Quartet/ Busch Ensemble/ Cassia Quartet/ Castalian Quartet/ Cavaleri Quartet/ Cremona Piano Trio/ Del Mar Piano Trio/ Duo Figaro/ Duo Stellae/ Ellis Ensemble/ Erato Piano Trio/ Finzi Quartet/ Fournier Piano Trio/ Foyle–Štšura Duo/ Gagliano Ensemble/ Galitzin […]

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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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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 (jiwonh@chamberstudio.org) if you’d like to come so that we can add your name to the list. The sessions on […]

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ChamberStudio welcomes back Eberhard Feltz

Violinist and pedagogue Eberhard Feltz returns to ChamberStudio this week to work with the Heath Quartet, Busch Ensemble and Linos Piano Trio, 14th to 17th May. Eberhard Feltz lives and teaches in Berlin, and is an Artistic  Advisor and teacher at the International Summer Academy of Chamber Music in Niedersachsen. He is on the faculty for many […]

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Zelkova Quartet

Zelkova Quartet

The Zelkova Quartet was founded at the Royal Northern College of Music under the guidance of Petr Prause, cellist of the Talich Quartet, in 2010. They recently completed an International Artist Diploma in Chamber Music, the institution’s most advanced level of study in performance, and were recently selected to participate in the St John’s Smith Square Young Artists Programme 2014/15. Recent […]

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Programme announced for Schiff Masterclass

Three of the most promising young chamber ensembles working in the UK today gather for a Masterclass with Sir Andras Schiff, who is visiting ChamberStudio for the first time. Two former ChamberStudio Mentorship groups, Navarra Quartet (2012-13) and The Busch Ensemble (2013-14) are joined by YCAT artists Trio Isimsiz to take part in this event in […]

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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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Changes to Masterclass schedule

We’re trialling a new system at ChamberStudio from January which replaces the Calendar booking system we’ve used for the weekly Masterclasses over the last four years. Groups are now being invited to design their own ideal set of sessions over a period of time with the tutor(s) they’d like to work with. While most of the Masterclasses […]

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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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Mentorship groups in concert – book your tickets

The impressive surroundings of Hall One, Kings Place will host the ChamberStudio Annual Concert on Sunday 23 November at 11.30am. All three of our 2014-15 Mentorship groups – Solem Quartet, Artesian Quartet and Linos Piano Trio – will perform works from their current repertoire. It will be a wonderful chance to hear these talented young ensembles […]

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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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Verity/Passmore Duo

Verity/Passmore Duo

The Verity/Passmore Duo is a partnership between Thomas Verity and Simon Passmore dedicated to exploring the wealth of music written for clarinet and piano – as well as adding to it by unearthing lesser-known pieces, and through commissions and innovative transcriptions. They have a special interest in music from the British Isles, and have given […]

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Adrian Brendel

Adrian Brendel has travelled the world as soloist, collaborator and teacher. His early immersion in the core classical repertoire inspired an enduring fascination that has led to encounters with many fine musicians at the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls. His discovery of contemporary music through the works of Kurtag, Kagel and Ligeti in […]

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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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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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Ian Brown

Ian Brown’s musical life covers a wide field of solo playing, chamber music and conducting. In 1978, he joined the Nash Ensemble with whom he has played and recorded a large repertoire of chamber music. He has made more than 60 recordings with them, including the Mozart piano Quartets, Beethoven Piano and Wind Quintets, the […]

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Carole Cerasi

In the last 25 years Carole Cerasi has established herself at the very front rank of performers and recording artists in her field. Her many performances have received great critical acclaim and her recordings have garnered an impressive series of awards. Carole has given recitals throughout Europe, performing in major festivals, as well as in Japan, […]

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Shmuel Ashkenasi & Finzi Quartet

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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Reiko Ichise

Reiko Ichise

Tokyo-born gamba player Reiko Ichise read musicology at Kunitach College of Music, where she started playing gamba. She came to the UK to pursue her study with Richard Boothby at the Royal College of Music. She has established herself as one of the country’s leading gamba players, and is in great demand as a soloist and […]

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Eberhard Feltz

Eberhard Feltz lives and teaches in Berlin, and is an Artistic Director of the International Summer Academy of Chamber Music in Niedersachsen. He is on the faculty for many other prestigious chamber music courses and has worked closely with many of the finest new generation European quartets around today including Quatuor Ebène and the Kuss […]

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Erich Höbarth

Eric Höbarth was born in 1956 in Vienna, where he studied with Grete Bidermann and Franz Samohy; subsequently there were studies in Salzburg with Sandor Végh. From 1978 – 1980 he was a member of the celebrated Végh Quartet, followed by seven years as concertmaster of the Wiener Symphoniker. He has long held the position […]

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Guy Johnston

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 www.kingsplace.co.uk/chamberstudio. 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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Steven Isserlis

‘The music world – and music itself – is infinitely richer for the presence of Steven Isserlis.’ Gramophone Magazine Acclaimed worldwide for his technique and musicianship, British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator and author. As a concerto soloist he appears regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, […]

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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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Quiroga Duo

Quiroga Duo

Formed in 2014 by Laura Balboa (violin) and Manuel López Jorge (piano), Quiroga Duo is an up-and-coming young group based in London. Its two members, students from the Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, are both soloists with notable performing careers, and prize-winners at several competitions. The duo is named in honour of the […]

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Maxwell Quartet

Maxwell Quartet

Hailed as ‘one of the front-runners’ in young UK ensembles (Classical Music magazine) the Maxwell Quartet is rapidly emerging as a dynamic and exciting force in the chamber music world, with a strong commitment to bringing together wide-ranging projects and programmes to expand the string quartet repertoire. The players are currently Park Lane Group Artists, Tunnell Trust Artists, […]

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Mila Piano Trio

Mila Piano Trio

The Mila Piano Trio is currently based in London and this year has seen their St. John’s Smith Square debut. Other engagements of the 16/17 season included concerts at the Royal Academy of Music and St James’ Piccadilly as well as schools workshops around the UK. The trio enjoy playing wide ranging repertoire from baroque […]

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Marmen Quartet

Marmen Quartet

Marmen Quartet are the current holders of Music In The Round’s ‘Bridge’ scheme. They perform regularly in venues around the UK and internationally. Founded at the Royal College of Music, London, they consist of Johannes Marmen, Ricky Gore, Joshua Hayward and Steffan Morris. Since its formation, the Marmen Quartet has enjoyed masterclasses with Shmuel Ashkenazi, Rainer […]

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Lux Musicae London

Formed in September 2014, Lux Musicae London musically explores the transition from the renaissance to the early baroque. The diverse instrumentation, (harp, lute, recorders, voices and viol and violin) enables the group to deploy the huge range of period instrumental colours and practices through a strongly expressive and rhetorically led vocal approach to the texts […]

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Isbilia Quartet

Isbilia Quartet

Proud winners of the Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition 2016, the John Thompson String Ensemble Prize and the John Barbirolli String Quartet Competition 2016, Isbilia Quartet enjoyed a busy 2016/2017 season performing around the UK and Spain, including making their St Martin-in-the-Fields debut. Since they were formed, the quartet have performed in major venues, including […]

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Catherine Manson

Catherine Manson enjoys a versatile performing career as a soloist and chamber musician. As first violinist of the classical London Haydn Quartet she has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and London’s Wigmore Hall. The quartet’s series of recordings of the Haydn quartets on the Hyperion […]

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Fitzroy Quartet

Winners of the 2016 Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition the Fitzroy Quartet were formed at the Royal Academy of Music in 2014 by 4 award-winning musicians from Italy, Spain and the UK. They are looking forward to returning to the Royal Academy as Chamber Music Fellows in 2016/17. They are also extremely delighted to have been announced as the […]

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Eblana String Trio

Formed in 2006, the Eblana String Trio consists of three committed chamber musicians, intent on performing the often neglected string trio repertoire. During their time at the Royal Northern College of Music the trio won all the major chamber music prizes, notably winning the 2010 RNCM chamber music award and audience prize for their performance […]

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Duo Asteria

Duo Asteria

Duo Asteria was founded in February 2015, almost by chance, by the desire of two young musicians Corinna Hentschel and Giulio Poggia to make as much chamber music as possible. From the outset there was an obvious mutual musical and personal empathy between both musicians. They created and played demanding recital programmes in many different venues, […]

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Duo Aquilon

Eulalie Charland and Maiko Mori started collaborating while they were still studying at the Royal College of Music in London. In 2002 they founded the clarinet trio which later became the piano trio Aquilon. More recently they have started to focus on their duo partnership – their love of the chamber duo repertoire and commitment […]

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András Schiff

András Schiff was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1953 and started piano lessons at the age of five with Elisabeth Vadász. Subsequently he continued his musical studies at the Ferenc Liszt Academy with Professor Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados, and in London with George Malcolm. Recitals and special cycles – i.e. the major […]

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Dulcinea Quartet

The Dulcinea Quartet enjoys performing in London and around the United Kingdom, programming the classical string quartet canon alongside contemporary works and commissions. The quartet was formed in 2008 at the Royal Academy of Music. The Dulcinea Quartet has benefitted from masterclasses with the Wihan, Skampa, Vanbrugh, Henschel and Chilingirian quartets and has received coaching from eminent musicians such as Thomas Brandis, Martin […]

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Consone Quartet

Winners of the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League Strings/Keyboard Ensemble Prize, London-based Consone Quartet is dedicated to exploring and recreating the sound worlds of the classical and early romantic string quartet repertoire through period instrument performance. The quartet’s success at the finals of the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition 2015 brought them the EUBO […]

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Clair De Lune Duo

Clair De Lune Duo is a rather young ensemble comprising of Hitomi Inujima on violin and Julia Sinani on piano. Being established at the Royal Academy of Music in the end of 2015 and despite being a relatively young ensemble, they have already found their very own style and sound as  exceptionally expressive and deeply […]

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Castalian Quartet

Castalian Quartet

Winner of the First Prize at the 2015 Lyon International Chamber Music Competition, the Castalian Quartet is fast becoming a favourite with audiences in the United Kingdom and abroad for its ‘richly romantic energy and passion’ (The Strad magazine). Formed in 2011, the quartet has been the beneficiary of awards from the Royal Overseas League […]

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Birds on Fire

Birds on Fire is a viol consort consisting of graduates from Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Cambridge University, Birmingham Conservatoire and New York University; with teachers from groups such as Fretwork, Phantasm, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Julliard Baroque (New York). Their name is taken from the first work they performed […]

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Behn Quartet

Behn Quartet

The Behn Quartet is formed of players from England, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Wales. Winners of the Charles Hennen First Prize at the Orlando International Chamber Music Competition 2017, they currently hold the CAVATINA Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music, and have a Residency at the Wiltshire Music Centre where they […]

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Melvyn Tan

Melvyn Tan was born in Singapore in 1956. He showed prodigious musical talent during childhood and, at the age of twelve, came to England to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School. Tan’s piano teachers – Nadia Boulanger, Vlado Perlemuter and Marcel Ciampi – sparked his lifelong passion for French music in general and the works […]

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Alke Quartet

The Alke Quartet was formed in 2011 from members of the Southbank Sinfonia and in 2014 they welcomed Soh-Yon Kim as first violinist. Following their highly successful Park Lane Group (PLG) audition in Spring 2015, the Alke Quartet has given the PLG’s annual performance of Haydn’s The Seven Last words from The Cross at St. […]

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Rita Wagner

Rita Wagner graduated from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary and has been teaching ever since. First at the Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music, Budapest, and now since 2005 she has been teaching piano in the class of exceptional young talents at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, where she […]

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Guest Mentors

We’ve been delighted to welcome the following Guest Mentors:   Pavlo Beznosiuk Over the past 25 years Pavlo Beznosiuk has established a formidable reputation as one of Europe’s most respected Baroque violinists, with a busy international career as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster and director. Pavlo has a long association with the Academy of Ancient […]

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