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Boyd, James (viola)
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James Boyd (viola)

James Boyd has been a member of some of the country's foremost ensembles and is in demand as a guest artist with many others. He was a member of The Raphael Ensemble for five years and a founder member of the Vellinger String Quartet, winners of the 1994 London String Quartet competition.

In 2001 he formed The London Haydn Quartet which has become one of the most respected ensembles specialising in 'historically informed' performance of the classical repertoire. Playing with gut strings and classical bows, their passion for Haydn has led them to present many all-Haydn programmes at venues such as Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall and the Library of Congress and at international festivals including Cheltenham, Esterhaza and Granada. Their recordings of the Opp 9, 17 and 20 quartets have been released on Hyperion to great acclaim.

James teaches chamber music at Chamber Studio, University of Cambridge, Royal Northern College of Music, the Guildhall School, Domaine Forget in Quebec, the Banff centre, and has co-founded MusicWorks, a chamber music course for young string players.

James also plays in the Ludwig String Trio with Peter Cropper and Paul Watkins and writes occasional articles for the Strad magazine. He plays on violas by David Munro (classical) and Jan Spidlen (modern).

Albums

Arensky: String Quartet; Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence
CDH55426Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Bowen: The complete works for viola & piano
CDA67651/22CDs
Brahms: String Quintets
CDH55369Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Brahms: The Complete Chamber Music
CDS44331/4212CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Bruckner: String Quintet & Intermezzo; Strauss: Capriccio
CDH55372Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Haydn: String Quartets Op 17
CDA677222CDs for the price of 1
Haydn: String Quartets Op 20
CDA678772CDs for the price of 1
Haydn: String Quartets Op 33
Studio Master: CDA679552CDs for the price of 1Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Haydn: String Quartets Op 9
CDA676112CDs for the price of 1
Martinů & Schulhoff: String Sextets
CDH55321Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Schnittke: Chamber Music
CDA66885Archive ServiceDownload currently discounted
Schubert: String Quintet & String Trio
CDH55305Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Schulhoff & Martinů: String Sextets
CDH55321Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Strauss: Capriccio; Bruckner: String Quintet & Intermezzo
CDH55372Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Strauss: The Complete Songs, Vol. 4 – Christopher Maltman & Alastair Miles
CDA67667
Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence; Arensky: String Quartet
CDH55426Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP202CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Complete works available for download

ANTON ARENSKY (1861-1906)
String Quartet No 2 in A minor, Op 35with The Raphael Ensemble
YORK BOWEN (1884-1961)
Fantasia for four violas, Op 41 No 1with Lawrence Power (viola), Philip Dukes (viola), Scott Dickinson (viola)
JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897)
String Quintet No 1 in F major, Op 88with The Raphael Ensemble
String Quintet No 2 in G major, Op 111with The Raphael Ensemble
ANTON BRUCKNER (1824-1896)
Intermezzo in D minorwith The Raphael Ensemble
String Quintet in F majorwith The Raphael Ensemble
JOSEPH HAYDN (1732-1809)
String Quartet in A major, Op 20 No 6with The London Haydn Quartet
String Quartet in A major, Op 9 No 6with The London Haydn Quartet
String Quartet in B flat major, Op 33 No 4with The London Haydn Quartet
String Quartet in B flat major, Op 9 No 5with The London Haydn Quartet
String Quartet in B minor, Op 33 No 1with The London Haydn Quartet
String Quartet in C major 'The Bird', Op 33 No 3with The London Haydn Quartet
String Quartet in C major, Op 20 No 2with The London Haydn Quartet
String Quartet in C major, Op 9 No 1with The London Haydn Quartet
String Quartet in C minor, Op 17 No 4with The London Haydn Quartet
String Quartet in D major, Op 17 No 6with The London Haydn Quartet
String Quartet in D major, Op 20 No 4with The London Haydn Quartet
String Quartet in D major, Op 33 No 6with The London Haydn Quartet
String Quartet in D minor, Op 9 No 4with The London Haydn Quartet
String Quartet in E flat major 'The Joke', Op 33 No 2with The London Haydn Quartet
String Quartet in E flat major, Op 17 No 3with The London Haydn Quartet
String Quartet in E flat major, Op 20 No 1with The London Haydn Quartet
String Quartet in E flat major, Op 9 No 2with The London Haydn Quartet
String Quartet in E major, Op 17 No 1with The London Haydn Quartet
String Quartet in F major, Op 17 No 2with The London Haydn Quartet
String Quartet in F minor, Op 20 No 5with The London Haydn Quartet
String Quartet in G major 'How do you do?', Op 33 No 5with The London Haydn Quartet
String Quartet in G major, Op 17 No 5with The London Haydn Quartet
String Quartet in G major, Op 9 No 3with The London Haydn Quartet
String Quartet in G minor, Op 20 No 3with The London Haydn Quartet
BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ (1890-1959)
Sextet for two violins, two violas and two celloswith The Raphael Ensemble
ALFRED SCHNITTKE (1934-1998)
Piano Quintetwith Capricorn
Three Madrigalswith Sarah Leonard (soprano), Capricorn
Triowith Capricorn
FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
String Quintet in C major, D956with The Raphael Ensemble
ERWIN SCHULHOFF (1894-1942)
Sextet for two violins, two violas and two celloswith The Raphael Ensemble
PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
String Sextet in D minor 'Souvenir de Florence', Op 70with The Raphael Ensemble

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

Capriccio, Op 85 (Strauss)
Der Abend graut; Herbstfeuer brennen  
Drei Lieder, Op 31 (Strauss)
Fantasia for four violas, Op 41 No 1 (Bowen)
Intermezzo in D minor (Bruckner)
Love transfered to outer space  
Nous nous sommes  
Piano Quintet (Schnittke)
Prelude  
Sextet for two violins, two violas and two cellos (Martinů)
Sextet for two violins, two violas and two cellos (Schulhoff)
Stiller Gang  
String Quartet in A major, Op 20 No 6 (Haydn)
String Quartet in A major, Op 9 No 6 (Haydn)
String Quartet in B flat major, Op 33 No 4 (Haydn)
String Quartet in B flat major, Op 9 No 5 (Haydn)
String Quartet in B minor, Op 33 No 1 (Haydn)
String Quartet in C major 'The Bird', Op 33 No 3 (Haydn)
String Quartet in C major, Op 20 No 2 (Haydn)
String Quartet in C major, Op 9 No 1 (Haydn)
String Quartet in C minor, Op 17 No 4 (Haydn)
String Quartet in D major, Op 17 No 6 (Haydn)
String Quartet in D major, Op 20 No 4 (Haydn)
String Quartet in D major, Op 33 No 6 (Haydn)
String Quartet in D minor, Op 9 No 4 (Haydn)
String Quartet in E flat major 'The Joke', Op 33 No 2 (Haydn)
String Quartet in E flat major, Op 17 No 3 (Haydn)
String Quartet in E flat major, Op 20 No 1 (Haydn)
String Quartet in E flat major, Op 9 No 2 (Haydn)
String Quartet in E major, Op 17 No 1 (Haydn)
String Quartet in F major, Op 17 No 2 (Haydn)
String Quartet in F minor, Op 20 No 5 (Haydn)
String Quartet in G major 'How do you do?', Op 33 No 5 (Haydn)
String Quartet in G major, Op 17 No 5 (Haydn)
String Quartet in G major, Op 9 No 3 (Haydn)
String Quartet in G minor, Op 20 No 3 (Haydn)
String Quartet No 2 in A minor, Op 35 (Arensky)
String Quintet in C major, D956 (Schubert)
String Quintet in F major (Bruckner)
String Quintet No 1 in F major, Op 88 (Brahms)
String Quintet No 2 in G major, Op 111 (Brahms)
String Sextet in D minor 'Souvenir de Florence', Op 70 (Tchaikovsky)
Three Madrigals (Schnittke)
Trio (Schnittke)
Zwei Menschen trafen  
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