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

  • Thu
    11
    Jan
    2018

    London School of Economics


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 2
Nov 2

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

  • 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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