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

In 2018 the Castalian Quartet received the prestigious inaugural MERITO String Quartet Award & Valentin Erben Prize and won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award.

This season the Quartet give debut concerts in North America (Phillips Collection Washington D.C. and Lincoln Center New York), the Salle Bourgie in Montreal, Vancouver Recital Society, Konzerthaus Vienna, Theatre d’Orleons, Louvre in Paris, Flagey in Brussels and Lucerne. They appear regularly at Wigmore Hall in the main series and return to Snape Maltings and Saffron Hall.

Highlights over the last year have included performances of the complete Haydn Op.76 Quartets at Wigmore Hall, concerts in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Heidelberger Frühling, East Neuk, Zwischentöne Festival in Engelberg, Neuchatel Chamber Music in Switzerland and Banff International Festivals. Further afield they undertook tours of China and Colombia.

The Quartet has performed widely throughout Europe as part of 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. They have collaborated with Nils Mönkemeyer, Alasdair Beatson, Simon Rowland-Jones, Daniel Lebhardt and Olivier Stankiewicz, among many others.

Formed in 2011, the Castalian Quartet studied with Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet) at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media, graduating with a Master’s degree. Awards include 3rd Prize at the 2016 Banff Quartet Competition and 1st Prize at the 2015 Lyon Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet was selected by YCAT in 2016. They have received coaching from Simon Rowland-Jones, David Waterman and Isabel Charisius.

Blog

Read about quartet life, travels and concerts
Aug 1
Aug 1

Postcards from Israel

I was 10 when I first attended a chamber music course in the idyllic medieval abbey at Leiston, near Aldeburgh. My family lived in the Highlands of Scotland, and homesickness hit even before Mum and Dad headed back up North. I cried so much that they spent hours in a nearby lay-by deliberating whether or […]

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Jun 3
Jun 3

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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Concerts

  • Fri
    05
    Feb
    2016

    Conservatoire Hector Berlioz

    8:00 pmConservatoire Hector Berlioz, Bourgoin Jallieu, France

    Programme:

    • Sergio Menozzi - Sept Aphorismes
    • Thomas Ades - The Four Quarters
    • Maurice Ravel - String Quartet in F
  • Fri
    19
    Feb
    2016

    Aldeburgh Music - Lunchtime Concerts

    12 noonJubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, United Kingdom

    Programme:

    • Mozart - String Quartet in E flat K. 428
    • Bartok - String Quartet No. 6

    https://tickets.aldeburgh.co.uk/Online/spring

  • Fri
    26
    Feb
    2016

    Aldeburgh Music - Lunchtime Concerts

    12 noonJubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, United Kingdom

    Programme:

    • Schubert - Quartettsatz in C minor, D. 703
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in F, Op. 59, No. 1

    https://tickets.aldeburgh.co.uk/Online/spring

  • Thu
    31
    Mar
    2016

    Créations pour Proquartet

    7:00 pmConservatoire de Paris - Salle d'orgue

    Programme:

    • World Premiere of a new work by composer Florent Carron Darras

    http://www.conservatoiredeparis.fr/voir-et-entendre/lagenda/tout-lagenda/article/creations-pour-proquartet/

  • Thu
    19
    May
    2016

    YCAT Final Auditions - Wigmore Hall

    7:00 pmWigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore St, London W1U 2BP, UK
  • Sun
    12
    Jun
    2016

    Oxford Coffee Concerts

    11:15 amHolywell Music Room, Oxford

    Programme:

    • Thomas Adès - The Four Quarters
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in F, Op. 59, No. 1

    http://coffeeconcerts.co.uk/

  • Thu
    23
    Jun
    2016
    Sun
    26
    Jun
    2016

    Peasmarsh Festival

    Programmes to include:

    • Ravel - String Quartet in F
    • Fauré - Piano Quintet No. 2 in C minor. Piano - Alasdair Beatson
    • Jörg Widmann - Jagdtquartett
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in F, Op. 59, No. 1
    • Onslow - String Quintet 'Bullet'

    http://www.peasmarshfestival.co.uk/

  • Mon
    01
    Aug
    2016

    Recital - European String Teachers Association Conference

    Chichester University, UK

    Programme:

    • Maurice Ravel -  String Quartet in F
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in F, Op. 59, No. 1
  • Fri
    05
    Aug
    2016

    Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker

    6pm, 7.30pm, 9pmHitzacker - Germany

    Chamber Music day with Van Kujik Quartet and Quartet Berlin-Tokyo.

    Programme to include:

    • Bartók - String Quartet no. 6
    • Brahms - String Sextet in B flat, Op. 18
  • Mon
    08
    Aug
    2016

    Festival de Musique "Conques, La lumière du Roman"

    Abbatiale Sainte-Foy, Conques, France

    Programme:

    • Rossini - Sonata a Quattro No. 3

    • Haydn - String Quartet Op. 64, No. 3

    • Thomas Adès - The Four Quarters

    • Rossini - Sonata a Quattro No. 6
  • Sun
    09
    Oct
    2016

    Octagon Music Society

    4:00 pmThe Clarendon Muse, Watford Grammar School for Boys, 70 Rickmansworth Road, Watford WD18 7JA, UK

    Programme:

    • Haydn - String Quartet in G major, Op. 76, No. 1
    • Thomas Adès - The Four Quarters
    • Bartók - String Quartet No. 6

    http://octagon-music.weebly.com/

  • Tue
    11
    Oct
    2016

    YCAT Presentation Concert

    7:30 pmMusic at 22 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NR

    Programme:

    • Mozart - Oboe Quartet in F, K. 370. Oboe - Olivier Stankiewicz
    • Ravel - String Quartet in F
  • Tue
    18
    Oct
    2016

    Hanover Mittagskonzerte

    1:00 pmSparkassenforum, Schiffgraben 6-8, 30159 Hannover, Germany

    Programme:

    • Schubert - Quartettsatz in C Minor, D. 703
    • Bartók - String Quartet No. 6
  • Sat
    12
    Nov
    2016

    Festival Autunno Musicale, Naples

    7:30 pmChiesa di S. Francesco, Caiazzo

    Programme:

    • Ravel - String Quartet
    • Thomas Adès - The Four Quarters
    • Brahms - String Quartet No. 3 in B flat, Op. 67
  • Sun
    13
    Nov
    2016

    Festival Autumno Musicale, Naples

    7:30 pmChiesa dei SS. Rufo & Carponio

    Cyril Huvé - piano

    Programme:

    • Haydn - String Quartet in G, Op.76, No. 1
    • Fauré - Piano Quintet in No.1, in D minor, Op. 115
  • Mon
    14
    Nov
    2016

    Royal Philharmonic Society Evening

    6:45 pm49, Queens Gate Terrace, London SW75PN

    Programme:

    • Bartok - String Quartet 6
  • Sun
    20
    Nov
    2016

    St. Peter's Church, Marlborough

    7:30 pmSt Peter's Church, Marlborough

    Programme:

    • Ravel - String Quartet
    • Thomas Adès - The Four Quarters
    • Brahms - String Quartet No. 3 in B flat, Op. 67

     

  • Wed
    23
    Nov
    2016

    Recital, Quartetaffairs 2016

    7:30 pmHolzhausenschlösschen, Frankfurt, Germany

    Programme:

    • Ravel - String Quartet
    • Thomas Adès - The Four Quarters
    • Brahms - String Quartet No. 3 in B flat, Op. 67

    https://www.frankfurt-tipp.de/veranstaltungen/s/event/quartetaffairs-grunelius-konzerte-castalian-string-quartet.html

  • Sun
    27
    Nov
    2016

    Chelsea Arts Club

    Programme:

    • Thomas Adès - The Four Quarters
    • Brahms - String Quartet No. 3 in B flat, Op. 67
  • Fri
    02
    Dec
    2016

    Estovest Festival, Torino

    9:00 pmScuola di Alto Perfezionamento Musicale - Via Annunziata 1b, Saluzzo, Italy

    Simon Rowland-Jones - viola

    Genio e Creatività

    • Mozart - String Quintet No. 3 in C, K.515
    • Rowland-Jones - String Quintet No. 2 "Trouvaille"

    http://www.estovestfestival.it/genio-e-creativita/

  • Sat
    03
    Dec
    2016

    Recital, RivoliMusica, Torino

    9:00 pmAuditorium Istituto Musicale - Via Capello 3, Rivoli, Torino

    Claudio Pasceri - cello

    Programme:

    • Adès - The Four Quarters
    • Schubert - String Quintet in C, D.956

    http://www.istitutomusicalerivoli.it/rivolimusica.html

  • Sun
    04
    Dec
    2016

    Estovest Festival, Torino

    8:30 pmTeatro giocosa di Ivrea - Piazza Teatro 1, Ivrea, Torino, Italy

    Simon Rowland-Jones - viola

    Genio e Creatività

    • Mozart - String Quintet No. 3 in C, K.515
    • Rowland-Jones - String Quintet No. 2 "Trouvaille"

    http://www.estovestfestival.it/genio-e-creativita/

  • Mon
    05
    Dec
    2016

    Recital, Polincontri Classica, Torino

    6:30 pmAula Magna "Giovanni Agnelli", Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24

    Claudio Pasceri - cello

    Programme:

    • Haydn - String Quartet in G, Op. 76, No. 1
    • Schubert - String Quintet in C, D.956
  • Sat
    10
    Dec
    2016

    Concerts Penzance

    7:30 pmSt. John's Hall, Penzance

    Programme:

    • Haydn - String Quartet in G, Op. 76, No. 1
    • Adès - The Four Quarters
    • Brahms - String Quartet in B flat, Op. 67

    http://www.concertspenzance.org.uk/

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