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

  • Sat
    28
    Jan
    2017

    Faust Chamber Series


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.

Individual Biographies:

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Blog

Read about quartet life, travels and concerts
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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Sep 2
Sep 2

O Canada!

And oomph, that was Banff! We have this joke in quartet that Chris bathes with eternal good humour in the spring of positivity. Faced with the catastrophic or frankly mundane, our cellist usually reacts by outstretching his arms and proclaiming that very day to be the greatest of all time. He did so when Sini’s […]

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Concerts

  • Sat
    28
    Jan
    2017

    Faust Chamber Series

    7:30 pmPenn House, Buckinghamshire

    Programme:

    • Haydn - String quartet in C, Op. 76, No. 3 "Emperor"
    • Adès - The Four Quarters
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in F, Op. 59, No. 1

    http://www.faustchamberorchestra.org/concerts.html

  • Fri
    03
    Feb
    2017

    Colston Hall YCAT Lunchtime Concert

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

    Amy Harman - bassoon

    Laurène Durantel - double bass

    Programme:

    • Mozart - Flute Quartet No. 1 in D major K285
    • Roxanna Panufnik - Cantator and Amanda
    • Richard Strauss - Das Rosenband Op. 36 No. 1 (trans. Amy Harman); Waldseligkeit Op. 49 No. 1 (trans. Amy Harman); Wiegenlied Op. 41 No. 1 (trans. Amy Harman); Cäcilie Op. 27 No. 2 (trans. Amy Harman)
    • Françaix - Divertissement for bassoon and string quintet

    http://www.colstonhall.org/shows/amy-harman-jonathan-ware-2/

  • Tue
    07
    Feb
    2017

    Wigmore Hall YCAT Lunchtime Concert

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

    Amy Harman - bassoon

    Laurène Durantel - double bass

    Programme:

    • Mozart - Flute Quartet No. 1 in D major K285
    • Roxanna Panufnik - Cantator and Amanda
    • Richard Strauss - Das Rosenband Op. 36 No. 1 (trans. Amy Harman); Waldseligkeit Op. 49 No. 1 (trans. Amy Harman); Wiegenlied Op. 41 No. 1 (trans. Amy Harman); Cäcilie Op. 27 No. 2 (trans. Amy Harman)
    • Françaix - Divertissement for bassoon and string quintet

    https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/whats-on/amy-harman-castalian-string-quartet-laurene-durantel-201702071300

  • Sat
    18
    Feb
    2017

    Welwyn Garden Concert Club

    7:45 pmSt Francis of Assisi Anglican Church, Church Road, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL8 6QJ, UK

    Programme:

    • Schubert - Quartettsatz in C minor D. 703
    • Adès - The Four Quarters
    • Haydn - String quartet in C, Op. 76, No. 3 "Emperor"
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in F, Op. 59, No. 1

    http://wgconcertclub.org.uk/

  • Sun
    19
    Feb
    2017

    St Mary's Perivale

    3:00 pmSt Mary's Church, Perivale

    Programme:

    • Schubert - Quartettsatz in C minor D. 703
    • Adès - The Four Quarters
    • Haydn - String quartet in C, Op. 76, No. 3 "Emperor"
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in F, Op. 59, No. 1
  • Sat
    25
    Feb
    2017

    Music in St. Martins, Stamford

    St. Martin's Church, Stamford

    Programme:

    • Haydn - String quartet in C, Op. 76, No. 4 "Sunrise"
    • Adès - The Four Quarters
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in F, Op. 59, No. 1
  • Sun
    26
    Feb
    2017

    Brighton Coffee Concert

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

    Programme:

    • Haydn - String quartet in C, Op. 76, No. 4 "Sunrise"
    • Adès - The Four Quarters
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in F, Op. 59, No. 1

    http://brightondome.org/event/10339/castalian_quartet/

  • Mon
    27
    Feb
    2017

    Hoylake Chamber Concert Society

    7:30 pmSt. Hildeburgh's Church, Hoylake, Wirral, CH47 1HL, UK

    Programme:

    • Haydn - String quartet in C, Op. 76, No. 4 "Sunrise"
    • Bartók - String Quartet No. 6
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in F, Op. 59, No. 1

    http://www.chamberconcert.co.uk/

  • Tue
    28
    Feb
    2017
    Sun
    05
    Mar
    2017

    Aldeburgh Chamber Music in Residence

    Snape Maltings
  • Fri
    03
    Mar
    2017

    Aldeburgh Music - Lunchtime Concerts

    12 noonBritten Studio, Snape Maltings, Near Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP17 1SR

    Programme:

    • Adès - The Four Quarters
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2
  • Fri
    17
    Mar
    2017

    St John's Church, Canton, Cardiff

    7:30 pmSt John's Church, Canton, Cardiff

    Programme TBC

  • Wed
    22
    Mar
    2017

    Dulwich Picture Gallery

    7:30 pmDulwich Picture Gallery Gallery Rd, Southwark SE21 7AD

    Programme:

    • Schubert - Quartet in C minor, D. 703 "Quartettsatz"
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in F, Op. 59, No. 1
  • Thu
    23
    Mar
    2017

    London School of Economics

    1:05 pmShaw Library, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE

    Programme:

    • Haydn - String Quartet in C, Op. 76 No. 3 "Emperor"
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in F, Op. 59 No. 1, Razumovsky
  • Fri
    24
    Mar
    2017

    Dumfries Music Club

    7:30 pmSt. John's Church, Lovers Walk, Dumfries, UK

    Programme:

    • Schubert - Quartet in C minor, D.703 'Quartettsatz'
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in F, Op.59 No.1 Rasumovsky

    http://www.dumfriesmusicclub.com/latest-news

  • Sun
    26
    Mar
    2017

    Wrabness Church

    Church Road, Wrabness, Essex, CO11 2TG
    Programme:
    • Schumann - Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No.1
    • Thomas Adès - The Four Quarters
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in F, Op. 59, No. 1
  • Sun
    09
    Apr
    2017

    Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

    Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS
    • Mozart and Brahms clarinet quintets with Emma Johnson.
  • Sun
    16
    Apr
    2017

    Wigmore Hall, Coffee Concert

    11:30 amWigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore St, London W1U 2BP, UK

    Programme:

    • Schubert - Quartettsatz in C minor, D. 703
    • Thomas Adès - The Four Quarters
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in F, Op. 59, No. 1

    http://wigmore-hall.org.uk/whats-on/whats-on

  • Sun
    23
    Apr
    2017

    Oxford Chamber Music Society

    3:00 pmHolywell Music Room, Oxford

    Programme:

    • Haydn - String Quartet Op. 20, No. 4
    • Ravel - String Quartet in F major
    • Schubert - String Quartet in D minor D. 810, "Death and the Maiden"

    http://www.oxfordchambermusic.org/index.shtm

  • Sat
    29
    Apr
    2017

    Recital, Winchester Chamber Music Festival

    6:00 pmWinchester Discovery Centre
  • Sat
    06
    May
    2017

    Iffley Music Society

    7:30 pmSt Mary's Church Hall, Oxford OX4 4EG

    Programme:

    • Schubert - String Quartet in C minor D. 703 "Quartettsatz
    • Thomas Adès - The Four Quarters
    • Haydn - String Quartet Op. 76, No. 6
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in F major, Op. 59, No. 1

    http://www.iffleymusicsociety.org.uk/index.php

  • Sun
    07
    May
    2017

    Wethersfield Chamber Concerts

    4:00 pmParish Church of St Mary Magdalene - 4 High St, Wethersfield, Essex CM7 4BY

    Programme:

    • Haydn - String Quartet in D, Op.76 No.5
    • Brahms - String Quartet No.3 in B flat, Op.67
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in E minor, Op.59 No.2 "Razumovsky"

    http://www.wethersfieldchamberconcerts.org.uk/

  • Sun
    21
    May
    2017

    Theatr Clwyd

    7:30 pmAnthony Hopkins Theatre - Mold, Flintshire, CH7 1YA

    Emma Johnson - clarinet

    Programme:

    • Haydn – String Quartet in D, Op.76 No.5
    • Brahms – Clarinet Quintet in B minor Op.115
    • Mozart – Clarinet Quintet in A K.581

    https://www.theatrclwyd.com/en/whats-on/emma-johnston-castalian-string-quartet/

  • Fri
    26
    May
    2017
    Mon
    29
    May
    2017

    Queille Festival

    Château de Queille, France

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