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 Associate Ensemble at Birmingham Conservatoire; the quartet will be giving chamber music workshops to the conservatoire students, working closely with the composition department and will study with Oliver Wille.
The quartet won the Wolfe Wolfinsohn Quartet Competition for their performance of Beethoven’s string quartet Op 135 in 2015 and were awarded the 2015 Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Prize for outstanding contribution to the Royal Academy. They are currently the St Peters, Eaton Square Prize Winners for 2015/2016, their first concert of the new season here will include a performance of Mendelssohn Octet with the Piatti Quartet. Other notable collaborations include a recent performance of Mendelssohn Octet with the Brodsky Quartet in Petworth Festival.
For the past 2 years they have been supported by the Poznanski Quartet Scheme at the Royal Academy, studying with Garfield Jackson and Christoph Richter. Alongside the scheme they were invited to take part in the Wigmore Masterclass series where they performed Bartok’s string quartet no 3 to Andras Keller and later that year took part in the Leicester International Masterclass Series, performing to members of the Kuss Quartet. The quartet have also taken part in masterclasses with Levon Chilingirian, David Strange, Sylvia Rosenberg, Martin Outram, Oliver Wille and the Escher and Doric String Quartets.
They have enjoyed a busy 2015/16 season giving their Wigmore Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields debuts, and performing in Halesworth Arts Festival, Regents Hall, Colston Hall, Royal Masonic Hall and Lodz Academy of Music (Poland). The quartet are looking forward to their 16/17 season giving more concerts across Europe and the UK.