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Albion Quartet
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Albion Quartet

Formed in 2016, the Albion Quartet brings together four of the UKʼs exceptional young string players who are establishing themselves rapidly on the international stage.

Having made their debuts in the 2017/18 season at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam as well as the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, the 2018/19 season saw the Albion Quartetʼs debuts at the Wigmore Hall and at Town Hall/Symphony Hall Birmingham. They continued their residency at Londonʼs Kings Place and performed at the Oxford Lieder Festival.

In the past season they held a number of residencies, including at the Sainte-Mère Festival in France, and in the UK at Snape Maltings as well as Ryedale and Honeymead Festivals. They also appeared at BBC Radio 3ʼs Hay Festival, Roland Pöntinenʼs Båstad Chamber Music Festival in Sweden and at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Brussels.

The ensemble’s creative curiosity has already led to collaborations with several composers: in 2019 they will premiere a new work for soprano and string quartet by Kate Whitley at THSH Birmingham, as well as the world premiere of a new full-length quartet by Freya Waley-Cohen at the Wigmore Hall. The Albion Quartet has also collaborated with renowned artists such as bass Matthew Rose at the Aldeburgh Festival 2016, violist Douglas Paterson of the Schubert Ensemble, Miguel da Silva, formerly the violist of the Ysaÿe Quartet, and pianist Roland Pöntinen. In September 2018 they performed Whitacreʼs Five Hebrew Melodies with the Martinů Voices at Kloster Corvey in Germany.

Passionate about education, the quartet holds a residency at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, where they regularly give masterclasses and performances in the Dora Stoutzker Hall. They were Quartet-in-Residence at Greshamʼs School, where they opened the new Britten Concert Hall in 2017. As a Cavatina Chamber Music Trust ensemble, they also give workshops at primary schools.

This album is the first in a new series with Signum Records, with future releases including a second disc of string quartets by Antonin Dvořák as well as a disc of quartets by Walton and Britten. They have also recorded Richard Blackford’s Kalon for string quartet and orchestra with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, released in 2019.

The members of the quartet play on a fine collection of instruments, including a Stradivarius and Guarnerius.


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