Castalian String Quartet

The Quartet

Sini Simonen and Daniel Roberts - Violins ¦ Charlotte Bonneton - Viola ¦ Christopher Graves - Cello

The Players

About Us

The Castalian Quartet is rapidly emerging as an exciting voice on the international chamber music scene.


About Us

Next Concert

  • Sun
    22
    Oct
    2017

    Stour Valley Music Society


Concert Dates

News

Third Prize at Banff International String Quartet Competition 2016

We are thrilled to announce that we have won Third Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition. The prize includes a fully funded creative residency at Banff Centre so we are looking forward to returning to this haven for musicians in the Rocky Mountains! Thanks to all who watched live online and gave us such support while we were there.

Selected for YCAT representation

We are really excited to be joining YCAT after the final auditions at Wigmore Hall on 19th May. Playing Bartok 6 in that beautiful hall to an audience full of family, friends and teachers will live long in our memories. Many thanks to all who came along, and also a sincere thank you to all our friends for your wonderful support. www.ycat.co.uk/news

About Us

Formed in 2011, the Castalian Quartet studied with Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet) at the Hannover University of Music, Dance and Theatre, graduating with a Masters. They have also worked with Thomas Brandis, Levon Chilingirian, Simon Rowland-Jones and members of the Endellion Quartet.

The Castalian Quartet is rapidly emerging as an exciting voice on the international chamber music scene. Over the last three years they have won top prizes at major international competitions including 3rd Prize at the 2016 Banff International Quartet Competition, 1st Prize and three special awards at the 2015 Lyon International Competition, and in 2013 1st Prize and the Audience Prize at the Kammermusik Hannover Next Generation Competition.

The Quartet has performed widely throughout Europe. Engagements this season include recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker, the Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung Mittagskonzerte in Hannover, Quartetaffairs in Frankfurt (broadcast by NDR), the Festival de Musique de Conques in France, Festival Autunno Musicale near Naples and Turin Chamber Music Series. The Quartet return to Aldeburgh and will be Artist in Residence at the Festival Musique d'Été à Suzette near Avignon. They continue to give recitals throughout the UK.

Highlights over the last two years have included recitals at the Heidelberger Frühling Quartet Festival, the Ceresio Estate Festival in Lugano, the Hamburg Chamber Music Series, International Musikfest Goslar and NDR Concert Hall in Hannover. In the UK the Quartet has appeared at Jubilee Hall Aldeburgh, the Cheltenham Festival broadcast by BBC Radio 3, Lake District Summer Music, Peasmarsh Festival, Purcell Room and Kings Place. Further afield the Quartet toured China in 2013, under the auspices of the British Council. They have collaborated with Nils Mönkemeyer and Alasdair Beatson.

The Quartet has been the beneficiary of awards from the Royal Overseas League (2011 Elias Fawcett Trust Award), the Countess of Munster Trust, the Tunnell Trust, the Royal Philharmonic Society (2016 Albert and Eugenie Frost Chamber Music Prize), St. Peter's Eaton Square, Kirckman Concert Society and Mozarteum de France.

Blog

Read about quartet life, travels and concerts
Jun 0
Jun 0

A View from the Stage

The Wigmore Hall’s backstage walls are adorned with a photographic roster of who’s who in the classical music world. It’s Easter Sunday 2017 – the day of our debut – and these legendary eyes are glaring down in judgement as I apologetically make my way up to the green room. Barenboim doesn’t look best pleased […]

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Nov 1
Nov 1

A Rational Dish

Just down the Kensal Rise from my London lodgings, I regularly haunt a Neapolitan pizzeria. Their Margherita Parmigiana – a sloppy, smoky celebration of classic ingredients, hung for fun on the house’s signature elastic dough base – is a paragon of human achievement. And so, when my phone vibrated to the offer of a quartet […]

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Concerts

  • Sun
    22
    Oct
    2017

    Stour Valley Music Society

    4:00 pmEast Bergholt Church
    • Haydn - String Quartet in C, Op. 20 No. 2
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41 No. 1
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132

    http://www.svam.org.uk/News/News.aspx

  • Thu
    26
    Oct
    2017
    Sun
    29
    Oct
    2017

    Zwischentöne Chamber Music Festival

    Baroque Hall, Kloster Engelberg, Switzerland
    • Haydn - String Quartet in C, Op. 20 No. 2
    • Webern - String Quartet Op. 28
    • Fugues by Bach, Verdi and Gideon Klein
    • Mendelssohn - String Octet Op. 20

    http://www.zwischentoene.com/en/

  • Sun
    05
    Nov
    2017

    Oxford Coffee Concerts

    11:15 amHolywell Room, Oxford

    Olivier Stankiewicz, oboe

    • Britten - Phantasy Quartet in f minor Op. 2
    • C.P.E. Bach - Violin Sonata in G minor H542.5 (arr.for oboe and strings)
    • Januibe Tegeira - New work for solo oboe
    • Mozart - Oboe Quartet in F major K370
    • https://www.coffeeconcerts.com/

  • Sun
    05
    Nov
    2017

    Music in Adderbury

    7:00 pmChurch of St Mary, Adderbury OX17 3LP
    • Haydn - String Quartet in E Flat, Op. 76 No. 6
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41 No. 1
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132

    https://www.musicinadderbury.com/0511-castalian-string-quartet/

  • Wed
    08
    Nov
    2017

    Colston Hall YCAT Lunchtime Concert

    1:05 pmColston Hall, Colston St, Bristol BS1 5AR, UK

    Olivier Stankiewicz, oboe

  • Thu
    09
    Nov
    2017

    Three Palaces Festival, Malta

    8:00 pmNational Museum of Archaeology, Valletta
    • Haydn - String Quartet in E Flat, Op. 76 No. 6
    • Dutilleux - Ainsi la nuit
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41 No. 1

    http://3palacesfestival.com/

  • Fri
    10
    Nov
    2017

    Holkham Hall

    7:00 pmMarble Hall, Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1AB
    • Haydn - String Quartet in E Flat, Op. 76 No. 6
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41 No. 1
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132

    http://www.holkham.co.uk/events/marble-hall-concerts/castalian-string-quartet

  • Sat
    11
    Nov
    2017

    West Wight Arts

    7:00 pmFreshwater Memorial Hall, Isle of Wight

    Michael Dussek, piano

    • Haydn - String Quartet in E Flat, Op. 76 No. 6
    • Dutilleux - Ainsi la nuit
    • Schumann - Piano Quintet in E Flat, Op. 44

    http://www.westwightarts.co.uk/programme/

  • Tue
    14
    Nov
    2017

    Wigmore Hall YCAT Lunchtime Concert

    1:00 pmWigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore St, London W1U 2BP, UK

    Olivier Stankiewicz, oboe

  • Sun
    26
    Nov
    2017

    Brighton Coffee Concerts

    11:00 amAttenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Gardner Center Rd, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RA
    • Haydn - String Quartet in E Flat, Op. 76 No. 6
    • Dutilleux - Ainsi la nuit
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132

    https://www.attenboroughcentre.com/events/1180/brighton-dome-coffee-concert-castalian-quartet/

  • Mon
    27
    Nov
    2017

    The Stoller Hall

    7:30 pmThe Stoller Hall, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA
  • Thu
    30
    Nov
    2017

    Kettle's Yard Music

    8:00 pmOld Divinity School, St John’s College, Cambridge
    • Haydn - String Quartet in E Flat, Op. 76 No. 6
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41 No. 1
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132

    https://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/castalian-quartet/

  • Sun
    03
    Dec
    2017

    Saffron Hall

    1 30 pm, 3.30 pm and 5.30 pmAudley End Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4UH

    Olivier Stankiewicz, oboe
    Amy Harman, bassoon
    Daniel Lebhardt, piano

    • Mozart - Oboe Quartet in F, K.370
    • Roxanna Panufnik - Cantator and Amanda for bassoon and string quartet
    • Brahms -Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34
    • Haydn - String Quartet in E Flat, Op. 76 No.6

    https://saffronhall.com/calendar/the-young-artists-sessions-concert-1/

  • Thu
    11
    Jan
    2018

    London School of Economics

    1:05 pmShaw Library, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76 no. 2 "Fifths"
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 no. 3
  • Fri
    12
    Jan
    2018

    York British Music Society

    8:00 pmSir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York, York YO10 5DD
    • Haydn - String Quartet in C major, Op. 76 No. 3 "Emperor"
    • Dutilleux - Ainsi la nuit
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 No. 3

    http://www.bms-york.org.uk/currentProgramme.html

  • Sat
    13
    Jan
    2018

    Tonbridge Music Club

    7:30 pmTonbridge Parish Church

    Amy Harman, bassoon

  • Mon
    15
    Jan
    2018

    Aberdeen Chamber Music Society

    7:30 pmQueen's Cross Church, Albyn Pl, Aberdeen AB10 1YN
  • Wed
    17
    Jan
    2018

    Kirkcaldy Music Society

    7:30 pmKirkcaldy Old Kirk
  • Fri
    19
    Jan
    2018

    Milngavie Music Club

    7:30 pmCairns Church, 11 Buchanan St, Milngavie G62 8AW
    • Haydn - String Quartet in C major, Op. 76 no. 3 "Emperor"
    • Dutilleux - Ainsi la nuit
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 no. 3
  • Sun
    21
    Jan
    2018

    Kelso Music Society

    3:00 pmKelso Old Parish Church, TD5 7BH
  • Mon
    12
    Feb
    2018

    New Town Concerts, Edinburgh

    7:45 pmQueen's Hall, Edinburgh

    Simon Rowland-Jones, viola

    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76 no. 2 "Fifths"
    • Britten - String Quartet no. 2 in C major, Op. 36
    • Brahms - String Quintet in F major, Op. 88

    https://www.newtownconcerts.com/

  • Wed
    14
    Feb
    2018

    Manchester Mid-day Concerts

    1:10 pmThe Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley St, Manchester M2 3WS
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76 no. 2 "Fifths"
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 no. 3

    http://www.manchester-mid-days.co.uk/whatson/castalian-quartet/

  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018

    London School of Economics

    1:05 pmShaw Library, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE
    • Britten - String Quartet no. 2 in C major, Op. 36
    • Schubert - String Quartet no. 13 in A minor, D804 "Rosamunde"
  • Mon
    19
    Feb
    2018

    Penrith Music Club

    7:30 pmPenrith Methodist Church, 10 Wordsworth St, Penrith CA11 7QW
  • Wed
    21
    Feb
    2018

    Birmingham Conservatoire

    2:00 pm
    • Britten - String Quartet no. 2 in C major, Op. 36
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 no. 3
  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018

    Société de Musique Neuchâtel

    8:00 pmNeuchâtel, Temple du Bas

    Michel Camille, viola

    • Mozart - String Quintet in C major K515
    • Beethoven - String Quintet in C major Op. 29
    • Brahms - String Quintet in F Major Op. 88

    https://www.socmus.ch/23fev2018

  • Sun
    25
    Feb
    2018

    Brighton Coffee Concert

    11:00 amAttenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Gardner Center Rd, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RA

    Simon Rowland-Jones, viola

    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op.76 no.5
    • Britten - String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36
    • Brahms - String Quintet in F, Op.88

    https://www.attenboroughcentre.com/events/1186/brighton-dome-coffee-concert-castalian-quartet/

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