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The Royal String Quartet was established at The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in 1998 and initially worked under the supervision of Professor Ryszard Duz from the Wilanów String Quartet. The group’s artistic identity was shaped by post-graduate masterclasses with the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne (2001–2004). Crucial artistic guidance was also provided by members of the Camerata, Amadeus and Chilingirian Quartets.
The critical breakthrough in the Royal String Quartet’s career came with the invitation to join BBC Radio 3’s prestigious New Generation Artists scheme. This involved performing in festivals, recordings and radio broadcasts, and collaborating with other participants of the scheme. The Quartet also received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, given to outstanding musicians to help them develop their international careers.
The Quartet has performed at Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amster-dam, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, The National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Grand Théâtre in Bordeaux, Martinu Hall in Prague, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Konzerthaus in Vienna and Berlin, Sejong Center in Seoul, Beijing Concert Hall, Konserthus in Stockholm, and also at The Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio and the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall.
The Royal String Quartet has featured in prestigious festivals including the BBC Proms, City of London Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Ireland, Schleswig Holstein and Rheingau Festivals in Germany, Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw, Sacrum Profanum in Cracow (Poland), Wratislavia Cantas in Wrocław (Poland) and The Perth International Arts Festival in Australia. Since 2004 they have run their own chamber music festival in Warsaw, Kwartesencja, where the string quartet medium is presented in multiple forms, and contemporary music plays a significant role. Since 2012 the Royal String Quartet has been Quartet in Residence at Queen’s University Belfast. Their concerts have been broadcast on Polish Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and many other European radio stations, as well as on French TV Mezzo.
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Lutosławski & Penderecki: String Quartets
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
|… songs are sung 'String Quartet No 3', Op 67 (Górecki)|
|Already it is dusk 'String Quartet No 1', Op 62 (Górecki)|
|Quasi una fantasia 'String Quartet No 2', Op 64 (Górecki)|
|String Quartet (Lutosławski)|
|String Quartet in D minor, Op 49 (Różycki)|
|String Quartet No 1 (Penderecki)|
|String Quartet No 1 in C major, Op 37 (Szymanowski)|
|String Quartet No 2 (Penderecki)|
|String Quartet No 2, Op 56 (Szymanowski)|
|String Quartet No 3 'Leaves of an unwritten diary' (Penderecki)|