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Carducci String Quartet
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Carducci String Quartet

Described by The Strad as presenting 'a masterclass in unanimity of musical purpose, in which severity could melt seamlessly into charm, and drama into geniality', the award-winning Carducci Quartet is internationally acclaimed as one of the most accomplished and versatile ensembles of today. Not only mastering the core repertoire, the quartet is presenting each season a selection of new works and diversifying further with programmes of film music, pop and rock. Founded in 1997 by Matthew Denton (violin), Michelle Fleming (violin), Eoin Schmidt-Martin (viola), and Emma Denton (cello), the ensemble has won numerous international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and First Prize at Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition. In 2016, they took home a Royal Philharmonic Society Award for their project, Shostakovich15, an immense cycle of Shostakovich’s Quartets performed across the UK, North and South America with a marathon one day cycle hosted by Shakespeare’s Globe, London. The project was accompanied by a recording of the 4th, 8th, and 11th Quartets: their second disc for Signum Classics, and was recognised by BBC Music Magazine as 'a fine achievement, boasting excellent ensemble, musical insight and sensitive attention to detail'.

The Carducci Quartet has appeared at prestigious venues across the globe including the Wigmore Hall, London; National Concert Hall, Dublin; Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen; The Frick Collection and Carnegie Hall, New York, Library of Congress and John F. Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., St Lawrence Center for the Arts, Toronto, and Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Festival residencies include Cheltenham, Ryedale, Lichfield, Presteigne, Kilkenny and West Cork. 2018 saw the quartet perform complete cycles of the Bartók Quartets at Kings Place in London, Gloucestershire and Oxford. They tour to Canada, Italy, France, Spain and Germany and return to the studio to record a second Shostakovich disc.

Recent collaborations include projects with pianists Denis Kozhukhin and Martin Roscoe, guitarist Craig Ogden, oboist Nicholas Daniel, clarinettists Julian Bliss and Emma Johnson, cellists Benedict Kloeckner and Guy Johnston and acclaimed folk-rock icon Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.

Highly celebrated for their interpretation of contemporary repertoire, the Carducci Quartet has curated many diverse projects and is regularly invited to perform new works. Recent and upcoming premieres include works by Simon Rowland-Jones, Gavin Higgins, Kemal Yusuf and Kate Whitley. In 2015 they curated projects around Philip Glass and Steve Reich, as part of the Royal Philharmonic Society Award winning Minimalism Unwrapped at Kings Place in London, their recording of the Philip Glass Quartets, for Naxos, has reached over 6 million plays on Spotify. More recently they released an acclaimed recording of David Bruce’s clarinet quintet Gumboots with Julian Bliss, for Signum Classics.

Education work is an important element of the Carducci Quartet’s work, earning them a place on the Royal Philharmonic Society Award shortlist for their family concert ‘Getting the Quartet Bug!’. The Carducci Music Trust was set up to support their work in schools and with young musicians. They also perform a number of school concerts each year supported by the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust.


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