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 performances include recitals at St Martin in the Fields, St John’s Smith Square, Moscow’s Rachmaninov Halll and the Bridgewater Hall for the Manchester Midday Concert Society. The quartet have been heard numerous times on BBC Radio 3 including a Royal Philharmonic Society ‘Encore’ performance at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, a performance as part of the BBC Proms Plus Portrait series and a live broadcast on the ‘In Tune’ programme. They were also one of four quartets selected internationally to participate in the Trondheim International String Quartet Academy 2012 and attended the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme in September 2013. The quartet was recently invited to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe as part of the Royal Overseas League’s programme of events at the festival.
Competition successes include winning the Elias Fawcett Trust Prize for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble at the 2014 Royal Overseas League Competition and the RNCM Christopher Rowland Chamber Ensemble of the Year 2012 prize, where the quartet received both First prize and the Audience Prize. They were also awarded the RNCM John Barbirolli/Laurence Turner Memorial Prize for String Quartet in the same year and have won numerous other internal competitions.
As an ensemble they have received coaching from Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Levon Chilingirian, Hatto Beyerle, Peter Cropper, Richard Ireland and Christoph Richter. The quartet value the importance of musical education and enjoy teaching on Pro Corda and Ingestre, both chamber music courses for young musicians.
The quartet wish to thank both Philip Carne and Peter and Veronica Lofthouse for their support.