Doric String Quartet

String Quartet

Biography

Alex Redington violin
Jonathan Stone violin
Hélène Clément viola
John Myerscough cello


Described by Gramophone as ‘one of the finest young string quartets’ the Doric String Quartet has emerged as the leading British string quartet amongst the new generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe. Selected for representation by YCAT in 2006, the Quartet went on to win several prizes including 1st prize at the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, 2nd prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition in Italy and the Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany.

The Quartet now performs in leading concert halls throughout Europe including Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Hamburg Laeiszhalle and De Singel, and is a regular visitor to the Wigmore Hall. In 2010 the Quartet made its highly acclaimed American debut with recitals at the Frick Museum in New York and Library of Congress in Washington, and now returns for annual tours to North America. Alongside main season concerts the Quartet has a busy festival schedule and has performed at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, West Cork, Delft, Grafenegg, Carinthischer Sommer, Incontri in Terra di Siena, Risor and Schwetzinger Festivals, collaborating with artists including Ian Bostridge, Philip Langridge, Mark Padmore, Alexander Melnikov, Daniel Müller-Schott, Chen Halevi, Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien.

A particular highlight of the 2014/15 season will be performances of John Adams “Absolute Jest” for String Quartet and Orchestra (2011). The Quartet performs this piece with John Adams conducting the Vienna Symphony at the Vienna Konzerthaus, and with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Markus Stenz. Elsewhere the Quartet gives recital tours in the Far East (Hong Kong and Taiwan), North America and Australia in addition to recitals in Rotterdam, Stuttgart and at Wigmore Hall. In February the Quartet tours with pianist Andreas Haefliger including performances at the Concertgebouw and Wigmore Hall.

In 2009 the Doric String Quartet’s first CD was released to critical acclaim on the Wigmore Live label and was chosen as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone. Since 2010 the Quartet has recorded exclusively for Chandos Records. The first CD, the complete Korngold String Quartets, was featured as one of the 2010 Critic’s Choice discs in Gramophone and was followed by a CD of the Walton String Quartets which was nominated for a 2011 Gramophone Award. The Quartet’s release of the Schumann String Quartets was named CD of the Month in both Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine and was shortlisted for a 2012 Gramophone Award. Autumn 2014 sees the release of Haydn’s Op 20 Quartets, whilst other future releases include Quartets by Janáček and Brett Dean.

Formed in 1998 at Pro Corda, The National School for Young Chamber Music Players, the Doric String Quartet studied on the Paris-based ProQuartet Professional Training Program, where they worked with members of the Alban Berg, Artemis, Hagen and LaSalle Quartets and with György Kurtag. The Quartet continues to work with Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet).

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Reviews

Concert, Wigmore Hall, December 2012
”After the interval Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” Quartet swept along irresistibly. As though a culmination of all that had gone before, this performance summed up the Doric String Quartet’s style of subtle lyricism and perfect matching of colour and phrasing, as the first violin again led the musicians in an exploration of the most intimate corners of the score.”
(4 stars)

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