Friday 6 April 2018: 7-30pm

Castalian String Quartet

“A great opportunity to hear one of Britain’s top young string quartets”

United Reformed Church, Farnham, GU9 7QU

HAYDN:  String Quartet in C, Op.76 No.3 (Emperor)

Contains the well-known tune used for the hymn “Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken”

SCHUMANN:  String Quartet No.3 in A, Op.41 No.3

BRAHMS:  String Quartet in C minor, Op.51 No.1

Castalian Quartet  (photo by Kaupo Kikkas)

Castalian Quartet (photo by Kaupo Kikkas)

Sini Simonen – Violin
Daniel Roberts – Violin
Charlotte Bonneton – Viola
Christopher Graves – Cello

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The Castalian Quartet have just won the first Merito String Quartet Award/Valentin Erben Prize from among the five best-qualified quartets. The Award sets new standards in the field, as the quartets cannot submit applications but are instead “observed” by a jury in numerous concerts over a lengthy period of time, without their knowledge. The award was initiated by Valentin Erben, founding member of the Alban Berg Quartet.
“Their level of ensemble inter-connectedness in the Adès and at times in the subsequent movements of Brahms and Schumann was truly remarkable in evincing a physics most rare and special, overlaid with an emotional world of similarly surpassing sublimity. There were times that I simply could not believe my ears.”Calgary Herald / Banff International Competition / September 2016
In 2018 they received the prestigious inaugural Merito String Quartet Award & Valentin Erben Prize and won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award.  Previous awards include 3rd Prize at the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition and 1st Prize at the 2015 Lyon Chamber Music Competition.  The Quartet was selected by YCAT in 2016.

Engagements this season include performances of the complete Haydn Op. 76 Quartets at Wigmore Hall, and concerts in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Heidelberger Frühling Festival, and Zwischentöne Festival in Engelberg.  Further afield they take part in the Banff Festival in Canada and tour throughout China and Colombia.

Future plans include debut concerts in North America (Phillips Collection Washington D.C. and Lincoln Center New York) and at the Konzerthaus in Vienna.

Formed in 2011, the Castalian String Quartet studied with Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet) at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media, graduating with a Master’s degree.

Parents and teachers may attend FREE if they bring children who need to be accompanied (typically under 16 years).

All 8-25 year olds FREE thanks to CAVATINA if they enter their name and date of birth on a form at the door – no advance notice needed .

We do not issue physical tickets for the concerts in Farnham but record advance payments and check names on the door.

Refreshments are free but we invite donations of £2-50 for wine and 50p for juice towards the costs. (£1 towards drinks and cakes when at Farnham Methodist where wine is not available)

Tickets on the door available at £16-00 ALL WELCOME Don’t miss it!

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