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

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    East Neuk Festival

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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.

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.


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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