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Carducci String Quartet
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Carducci String Quartet

Based in the UK, the Carducci Quartet is recognised as one of today’s most successful string quartets, performing over 90 concerts worldwide each year. Further to this, they run their own annual festival in Highnam, Gloucester, recording label Carducci Classics, as well as holding residencies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, Cardiff University and Dean Close School, Cheltenham.

Winners of international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild International Competition 2007 and First Prize at Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition, the Anglo-Irish quartet have appeared at a host of prestigious venues worldwide; Carnegie Hall, Washington DC’s John F Kennedy Center and Library of Congress, Wigmore Hall, National Concert Hall, Dublin, and Tivoli Concert Hall. Festival appearances include West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Cheltenham Music Festival and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival.

Highly celebrated for their interpretations of contemporary repertoire, the Carducci Quartet is regularly invited to premiere new works by eminent composers, including Huw Watkins, David Matthews, Ian Wilson, Alexander Raskatov, John McCabe, Adrian Williams, Michael Berkeley and Sven-Ingo Koch.

The quartet has received wide critical acclaim for recordings on their own record label, ‘Carducci Classics’. They have recorded Vivaldi and Piazzolla with the Katona Twins Guitar Duo for Channel Classics, as well as Philip Glass for Naxos. The quartet has also recorded works by Yanov-Yanovsky, Nadarejshvili and Raskatov on the LCMS label.

In 2011, the Carducci Quartet was shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award for their family concert ‘Getting the Quartet Bug!‘. Educational work remains important to the quartet, who set up the Carducci Music Trust, to support their work in schools. The quartet enjoys working with young musicians and regularly coaches chamber music, including the London Young String Quartet Weekend.


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