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.


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2018 Merito String Quartet Award/Valentin Erben Prize

We are so grateful to have received the inaugural Merito String Quartet Award/Valentin Erben Prize. This extraordinary new award will support us in a whole range of ways over the next four years.

Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award 2018

We feel very honoured to have been awarded a 2018 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award, and are hugely looking forward to planning future projects with the support of this wonderful organisation.

About Us

The Castalian String Quartet is rapidly emerging as an exciting voice on the international chamber music scene. In 2018 they received the prestigious inaugural Merito String Quartet Award & Valentin Erben Prize and won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award. Previous awards include 3rd Prize at the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition and 1st Prize at the 2015 Lyon International Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust in 2016.

Engagements this season include return visits to the Wigmore Hall, where they open the Coffee Concert series and perform the complete set of Haydn’s Op.76 quartets. They give rectials in Tel Aviv in the Museum of Art, Heidelberger Frühling Quartet Festival, Zwischentöne Festival in Engelberg, Neuchatel Chamber Music in Switzerland, East Neuk Festival and 3 Palaces Festival in Malta. Further afield they take part in the Banff Festival and tour China and Colombia.

The Quartet continues to give recitals across the UK and undertake residencies at Saffron Hall, Stoller Hall (Manchester), Birmingham Conservatoire and Menuhin School. Future plans include debut concerts in North America (Phillips Collection Washington D.C. and Lincoln Center New York) and at the Konzerthaus in Vienna.

Over the last two years the Quartet has performed widely throughout Europe, highlights including recitals in the Hamburg Chamber Music Series, International Musikfest Goslar, Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker, Quartet affairs in Frankfurt (broadcast by NDR), French festivals in Queille and Conques, the Aldeburgh, East Neuk, North Norfolk and Peasmarsh Festivals. In 2017 they were resident at the Esbjerg international Chamber Music Festival in Denmark, Festival Musique d’Été à Suzette near Avignon and Snape Maltings.

Formed in 2011, the Castalian String Quartet studied with Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet) at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media, graduating with a Master’s degree, and has also received coaching from Simon Rowland-Jones, David Waterman and Isabel Charisius. The Quartet has collaborated with Nils Mönkemeyer, Alasdair Beatson, Simon Rowland-Jones and Olivier Stankiewicz.

Blog

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

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 5
Nov 5

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

  • Mon
    18
    Jun
    2018

    Tel Aviv Museum of Art 3

    8:30 pmGallery, Tel Aviv Museum of Art
    • Haydn - String Quartet in E falt major, Op. 76 No. 6
    • Brahms - String Quartet in C minor, Op. 51 No. 1

    http://www.tamuseum.org.il/concert-item/81875

  • Wed
    27
    Jun
    2018

    East Neuk Festival 1

    7:30 pmCrail Church, Marketgate, Crail KY10 3TL

    Christian Zacharias, piano

    • Mozart - Piano Concerto in E-flat, K449 (version for piano and string quartet)

    http://www.eastneukfestival.com/programme/

  • Thu
    28
    Jun
    2018

    East Neuk Festival 2

    7:30 pmKilrenny Church, Main Street, Kilrenny KY10 3JL
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D major, Op.76 No.5
    • Caroline Shaw - Entr'acte
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41 No. 1

    http://www.eastneukfestival.com/programme/

  • Sun
    01
    Jul
    2018

    Henan Arts Center

    7:30 pmZhengzhou, China
    • Haydn - String Quartet from Op. 76
    • Fauré - String Quartet in E minor Op. 121
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 No. 3
  • Tue
    03
    Jul
    2018

    Changsha Meixihu Culture and Arts Center

    8:00 pmChangsha, China
    • Haydn - String Quartet from Op. 76
    • Fauré - String Quartet in E minor Op. 121
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 No. 3
  • Thu
    05
    Jul
    2018

    Yichun Culture and Arts Centre

    7:30 pmGrand Theatre, Yichun, China
    • Haydn - String Quartet from Op. 76
    • Fauré - String Quartet in E minor Op. 121
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 No. 3
  • Sat
    07
    Jul
    2018

    Zhuhai Grand Theatre

    8:00 pmZhuhai, China
    • Haydn - String Quartet from Op. 76
    • Fauré - String Quartet in E minor Op. 121
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 No. 3
  • Sun
    08
    Jul
    2018

    Huizhou Culture and Arts Centre

    8:00 pmHuizhou, China
    • Haydn - String Quartet from Op. 76
    • Fauré - String Quartet in E minor Op. 121
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 No. 3
  • Wed
    25
    Jul
    2018

    Wigmore Hall / Haydn Series

    7:30 pm36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP
    • Haydn - String Quartet in B flat major Op. 76 No. 4 'Sunrise'
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D major Op. 76 No. 5
    • Haydn - String Quartet in E flat Op. 76 No. 6

    https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/whats-on/castalian-string-quartet-201807251930

  • Tue
    21
    Aug
    2018

    Quibdó - Auditorio del Banco de la Republica

    6:30 pmQuibdó, Columbia
    • Haydn - String Quartet in C, Op. 76 no. 3 "Emperor"
    • Fauré - String Quartet in E minor Op. 121
    • Ravel - String Quartet in F

    http://www.banrepcultural.org/quibdo/actividad/cuarteto-castalian-cuarteto-de-cuerdas-reino-unido

  • Thu
    23
    Aug
    2018

    Monteria - Auditoria de la Universidad del Sinu

    7:00 pmMonteria, Columbia
    • Haydn - String Quartet in C, Op. 76 no. 3 "Emperor"
    • Fauré - String Quartet in E minor Op. 121
    • Ravel - String Quartet in F

    http://www.banrepcultural.org/monteria/actividad/cuarteto-castalian-cuarteto-de-cuerdas-reino-unido

  • Fri
    24
    Aug
    2018

    Sincelejo - Teatro Municipal

    7:00 pmSincelejo, Columbia
    • Haydn - String Quartet in C, Op. 76 no. 3 "Emperor"
    • Fauré - String Quartet in E minor Op. 121
    • Ravel - String Quartet in F

    http://www.banrepcultural.org/sincelejo/actividad/cuarteto-castalian-cuarteto-de-cuerdas-reino-unido

  • Sun
    26
    Aug
    2018

    Bogota - Sala de Conciertos Luis Angel Arango

    11:00 amBogota, Columbia
    • Haydn - String Quartet in C, Op. 76 no. 3 "Emperor"
    • Fauré - String Quartet in E minor Op. 121
    • Ravel - String Quartet in F

    http://www.banrepcultural.org/actividad/cuarteto-castalian-cuarteto-de-cuerdas-reino-unido

  • Fri
    31
    Aug
    2018
    Sun
    02
    Sep
    2018

    Banff Center International String Quartet Festival

    Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, Canada

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