The Behn Quartet is a London-based string quartet, comprised of players from England, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Wales. Their commitment to each other extends far beyond the practice room, which creates highly engaging and emotionally-involved performances. They are named after Aphra Behn, the seventeenth-century playwright and poet, philanthropist of the arts, feminist, spy and political activist. The Behn Quartet wanted to take the name of an inspiring and strong female figure, and for them Aphra Behn was the perfect choice.
Selected for the CAVATINA Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music 2016/17, the Behn Quartet combines an intense passion for chamber music with a love of exploring new perspectives across centuries of music. Recent engagements include the world premiere performance of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies final work at St John’s Smith Square, a recording of works centered around Stravinsky with Oliver Knussen for Linn Records, and recitals for the Guiting Music Festival, the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, and the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. Masterclass performances include with the Fine Arts Quartet, Doric Quartet, Levon Chilingirian, and their principal mentor Martin Outram of the Maggini Quartet. The Behn Quartet were also part of the official 40th Anniversary celebrations of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, featured on the BBC and in news outlets worldwide.
The Behn Quartet looks forward to future engagements for the Woking Concert Society, the Metropolitan Masonic Concert Series, the Concordia Foundation, Pro Corda, and a live performance for the BBC Radio 3 programme ‘Hear and Now’.