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 Outram, Garfield Jackson, Hartmut Rohde and Richard Deakin. The quartet was commended for their performance of Schumann’s String Quartet no.2 in the Wolfe Wolfinsohn Quartet Prize. In 2014 it gave the world premiere of Keiko Takano’s Cloudscapes and the Japanese premiere of Chris Roe’s Jetez!.
The Dulcinea Quartet is also part of ANIMA, a chamber ensemble that plays contemporary music alongside animated films. In the winter of 2014, ANIMA held an exciting concert in the Brunel Tunnel Shaft, where they performed Steve Reich’s Different Trains for string quartet and live tape. As well as working closely with up and coming composers and animators, the ANIMA ensemble has recorded several scores for films including the recent award-winning documentary Death of a Gentleman. In addition, the members have worked individually with some of the UK’s best known orchestras such as the LPO, RPO, BBCSSO and RLPO.
The quartet is continuously looking for new and exciting repertoire from across the globe. Its members recently returned from a successful second tour to Japan, supported by the Sasakawa Foundation, featuring new music for string quartet and shamisen. They travelled between Tokyo, Ibaraki and Aomori giving recitals as well as performing in community centres and working with young students. The quartet will be returning for their third Japanese tour in September 2016 and will visit Tokyo, Aomori, Ibaraki, Hikone and Yokohama.