Formed in 2016, the Albion Quartet brings together four of the UK’s exceptional young string players who are establishing themselves rapidly on the international stage.
Having previously made their debuts at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam as well as the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, the 2018/19 season saw the Albion Quartet’s debuts at the Wigmore Hall and at Town Hall/Symphony Hall Birmingham, as well as the release of the first disc of their Dvořák cycle for Signum records. They also continued their residency at London’s Kings Place and performed at the Oxford Lieder Festival.
Over the past seasons they have 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 3’s Hay Festival, Roland Pöntinen’s Båstad Chamber Music Festival in Sweden and at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Brussels.
The coming season will see performances at several festivals, including BBC Belfast International Arts Festival, Presteigne, Stratford, as well as return visits to Oxford Lieder Festival, King’s Place London and Kettle’s Yard Cambridge. The Albion Quartet will also return to Wigmore Hall in November to perform the world premiere of a new string trio by Freya Waley-Cohen, commissioned by the Wigmore Hall. In January 2020 they will appear during the Beethoven String Quartet Weekend at St. George’s Bristol.
The ensemble's creative curiosity has already led to collaborations with several composers: In spring 2019, they premiered a new work for soprano and string quartet by Kate Whitley at THSH Birmingham, and June 2019 has seen the world premiere of a new full-length quartet by Freya Waley-Cohen at the Aldeburgh Festival. 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. …