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
Aug 0
Aug 0

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 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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Concerts

  • Thu
    11
    Jan
    2018

    London School of Economics

    1:05 pmShaw Library, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76 no. 2 "Fifths"
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 no. 3
  • Fri
    12
    Jan
    2018

    York British Music Society

    8:00 pmSir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York, York YO10 5DD
    • Haydn - String Quartet in C major, Op. 76 No. 3 "Emperor"
    • Dutilleux - Ainsi la nuit
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 No. 3

    http://www.bms-york.org.uk/currentProgramme.html

  • Sat
    13
    Jan
    2018

    Tonbridge Music Club

    7:30 pmTonbridge Parish Church

    Amy Harman, bassoon

  • Mon
    15
    Jan
    2018

    Aberdeen Chamber Music Society

    7:30 pmQueen's Cross Church, Albyn Pl, Aberdeen AB10 1YN
  • Wed
    17
    Jan
    2018

    Kirkcaldy Music Society

    7:30 pmKirkcaldy Old Kirk
  • Fri
    19
    Jan
    2018

    Milngavie Music Club

    7:30 pmCairns Church, 11 Buchanan St, Milngavie G62 8AW
    • Haydn - String Quartet in C major, Op. 76 no. 3 "Emperor"
    • Dutilleux - Ainsi la nuit
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 no. 3
  • Sun
    21
    Jan
    2018

    Kelso Music Society

    3:00 pmKelso Old Parish Church, TD5 7BH
  • Thu
    25
    Jan
    2018
    Sun
    28
    Jan
    2018

    Heidelberger Streichquartettfest

    Heidelberg, Germany
    • Haydn - String Quartets Op. 76 no. 5 and Op. 77 no. 1
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A minor Op. 41 No. 1
    • Dutilleux - Ainsi la Nuit
    • Mozart - String Quartet in E flat Major K.428
    • Webern - Six Bagatelles Op. 9

    http://www.streichquartettfest.de/

  • Sat
    27
    Jan
    2018

    Brunton Theatre

    1:00 pmVenue 2, The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AA
    • Haydn - String Quartet in C major, Op. 76 no. 3 "Emperor"
    • Schubert - String Quartet in A minor, D.804 ‘Rosamunde’

    http://www.thebrunton.co.uk/events/event/983/lunchtime_classical_concert_catalian_quartet?year=2018&month=11

  • Mon
    12
    Feb
    2018

    New Town Concerts, Edinburgh

    7:45 pmQueen's Hall, Edinburgh

    Simon Rowland-Jones, viola

    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76 no. 2 "Fifths"
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 no. 3
    • Brahms - String Quintet in F major, Op. 88

    https://www.newtownconcerts.com/

  • Wed
    14
    Feb
    2018

    Manchester Mid-day Concerts

    1:10 pmThe Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley St, Manchester M2 3WS
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76 no. 2 "Fifths"
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 no. 3

    http://www.manchester-mid-days.co.uk/whatson/castalian-quartet/

  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018

    London School of Economics

    1:05 pmShaw Library, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE
    • Britten - String Quartet no. 2 in C major, Op. 36
    • Schubert - String Quartet no. 13 in A minor, D804 "Rosamunde"
  • Mon
    19
    Feb
    2018

    Penrith Music Club

    7:30 pmPenrith Methodist Church, 10 Wordsworth St, Penrith CA11 7QW
  • Wed
    21
    Feb
    2018

    Birmingham Conservatoire

    2:00 pm
    • Britten - String Quartet no. 2 in C major, Op. 36
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 no. 3
  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018

    Société de Musique Neuchâtel

    8:00 pmNeuchâtel, Temple du Bas

    Michel Camille, viola

    • Mozart - String Quintet in C major K515
    • Beethoven - String Quintet in C major Op. 29
    • Brahms - String Quintet in F Major Op. 88

    https://www.socmus.ch/23fev2018

  • Sun
    25
    Feb
    2018

    Brighton Coffee Concert

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

    Simon Rowland-Jones, viola

    • Haydn - String Quartet in D major, Op.76 no.5
    • Britten - String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36
    • Brahms - String Quintet in F, Op.88

    https://www.attenboroughcentre.com/events/1186/brighton-dome-coffee-concert-castalian-quartet/

  • Tue
    27
    Feb
    2018

    Alleyn's International Concert Series

    7:30 pmAlleyn's School, Townley Road, Dulwich, London, SE22 8SU

    Simon Rowland-Jones, viola

    • Haydn - String Quartet in D Major Op. 76 no. 5
    • Dutilleux - Ainsi la nuit
    • Brahms -String Quintet in F Major, Op. 88

    https://www.alleyns.org.uk/page.aspx?id=1107

  • Thu
    01
    Mar
    2018

    Saffron Hall 1

    7:30 pmAudley End Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4UH UK
    • Mozart - String Quartet in E Flat major K.428
    • Dutilleux - Ainsi la nuit
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A minor Op. 41 no. 1

    https://saffronhall.com/calendar/castalian-string-quartet-2/

  • Fri
    09
    Mar
    2018

    Saffron Hall 2

    7:30 pmAudley End Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4UH UK
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op.76 No.2 ‘Fifths’
    • Britten - String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36
    • Schubert - String Quartet in A minor, D.804 ‘Rosamunde’

    https://saffronhall.com/calendar/castalian-string-quartet/

  • Sat
    10
    Mar
    2018

    Wendower Music

    7:30 pmSt Mary's Church, Church Lane, Wendover HP22 6NL
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op.76 No.2 ‘Fifths’
    • Britten - String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36
    • Schubert - String Quartet in A minor, D.804 ‘Rosamunde’

    https://www.wendover-music.org/

  • Sat
    17
    Mar
    2018

    Oxshott & Cobham Music Society

    8:00 pmHoly Trinity Claygate, Esher KT10 0JP, UK

    Daniel Lebhardt, piano

    • Haydn - String Quartet in G major, Op.76 No.1
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A, Op.41 No.3
    • Brahms - Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34

    http://www.ocms-music.org.uk/concerts/17th-march-2018-8pm-doors-open-7-30pm

  • Sun
    18
    Mar
    2018

    Stratford-upon-Avon Chamber Music Society

    7:30 pmThe Shakespeare Institute (Mason Croft), Church Street. Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6HP

    Daniel Lebhardt, piano

    • Haydn - String Quartet in G major, Op.76 No.1
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A major, Op.41 No.3
    • Brahms - Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34

    http://www.xstore.me.uk/scms%20index.htm

  • Thu
    22
    Mar
    2018

    Dundee Chamber Music

    7:30 pmMarryat Hall, City Square, Dundee DD1 3BB, UK
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op.76 No.2 ‘Fifths’
    • Britten - String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36
    • Schubert - String Quartet in A minor, D.804 ‘Rosamunde’

    http://www.dundeechambermusic.org.uk/concerts.php?p=2017castalian

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018

    Classic Music Live! Falkirk

    7:30 pmFalkirk Town Hall
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op.76 No.2 ‘Fifths’
    • Britten - String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36
    • Schubert - String Quartet in A minor, D.804 ‘Rosamunde’

    http://www.classicmusicfalkirk.co.uk/events.html

  • Sat
    24
    Mar
    2018

    Music in Lanark

    7:30 pmThe Institute, New Lanark ML11 9DB
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op.76 No.2 ‘Fifths’
    • Britten - String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36
    • Schubert - String Quartet in A minor, D.804 ‘Rosamunde’

    http://www.musicinlanark.co.uk

  • Mon
    26
    Mar
    2018

    Perth Concert Hall

    1:00 pm Gannochy Auditorium, Perth Concert Hall
    • Haydn - String Quartet in C major, Op. 76 no. 3 "Emperor"
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 no.3

    https://www.horsecross.co.uk/whats-on/lunchtime-concert-castalian-quartet

  • Tue
    27
    Mar
    2018

    Brunton Theatre, Edinburgh

    1:00 pmVenue 2, The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AA
    • Haydn - String Quartet in C major, Op. 76 no. 3 "Emperor"
    • Schubert - String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D.804 "Rosamunde"

    http://www.thebrunton.co.uk/thebrunton/events/event/983/lunchtime_classical_concert_castalian_quartet

  • Wed
    28
    Mar
    2018

    Newcastle Chamber Music Society

    7:30 pmSage Gateshead, Venue 2, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR
    • Haydn - String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 76 no. 6
    • Britten -String Quartet No. 2 in C major, Op. 36 (1945)
    • Schubert - String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D.804 "Rosamunde"

    http://ncmsoc.webplus.net/2017-2018 season.html

  • Fri
    06
    Apr
    2018

    Tilford Bach Society

    7:30 pmUnited Reformed Church, Farnham, GU9 7QU UK
    • Haydn - String Quartet in C major, Op. 76 no. 3 "Emperor"
    • Schumann -String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 No. 3
    • Brahms - String Quartet in C minor, Op. 51 No. 1

    http://www.tilbach.org.uk/fri-6-apr-2018-castalian

  • Wed
    11
    Apr
    2018

    Medical Musical Society of London

    7:00 pmRoyal Over-Seas League, 5 Park Pl, St. James's, London SW1A 1LR
    • Haydn - String Quartet in G major, Op. 76 no. 1
    • Schumann -String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 No. 3
    • Schubert - String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D.804 "Rosamunde"

    http://www.mmsol.org.uk/concerts/castalian-quartet-11th-april-2018-at-7-00-pm/

  • Sat
    14
    Apr
    2018

    Curry Rivel Music

    7:00 pmSt Andrew's Church, TA10 0HQ Curry Rivel
    • Haydn - String Quartet in G major, Op. 76 no. 1
    • Britten -String Quartet No. 2 in C major, Op. 36 (1945)
    • Schubert - String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D.804 "Rosamunde"

    https://curryrivelmusic.wordpress.com/concert-programme-2017-2018/

  • Tue
    17
    Apr
    2018

    Wigmore Hall / Haydn Series

    7:30 pm36 Wigmore St, Marylebone, London W1U 2BP
    • Haydn - String Quartet in G major, Op. 76 no. 1
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76 no. 2 "Fifths"
    • Haydn - String Quartet in C major, Op. 76 no. 3 "Emperor"

    https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/whats-on/castalian-string-quartet-201804171930

  • Thu
    19
    Apr
    2018

    Stoller Hall

    7:30 pmThe Stoller Hall, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA
    • Haydn - String Quartet in C major, Op.76 No.3 ‘Emperor’
    • Britten - String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36
    • Schubert - String Quartet in A minor, D.804 ‘Rosamunde’

    http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/castalian-quartet-haydn-britten-schubert/

  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018

    Music in Lyddington

    7:30 pmSt. Andrew's Church, Church Ln, Lyddington, Oakham LE15 9LN

    Amy Harman, bassoon

    • Devienne - Bassoon Quartet Op. 73
    • Schubert - String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D.804 "Rosamunde"
    • Mozart - Sonata for bassoon and cello in B flat major, K.292
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41 No. 1
    • Schubert (arr. Ian Farringdon) - Romanze from Rosamunde, D.797

    http://www.musicinlyddington.co.uk/2018-programme.html

  • Tue
    22
    May
    2018

    Stoller Hall

    7:30 pmThe Stoller Hall, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA
    • Haydn - String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 76 no. 4 "Sunrise"
    • Fauré -String Quartet in E minor, Op. 121
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in F major, Op. 59 No. 1 "Razumovsky"

    http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/castalian-quartet-haydn-faure-beethoven/

  • Thu
    24
    May
    2018

    The Menuhin Hall

    7:30 pmCobham Road, Stoke d'Abernon, Surrey KT11 3QQ
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76 no. 2 "Fifths"
    • Schumann -String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 No. 3
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in F major, Op. 59 No. 1 "Razumovsky"

    https://themenuhinhall.co.uk/event/castalian-string-quartet/14601

  • Fri
    01
    Jun
    2018
    Tue
    05
    Jun
    2018

    The Kirker Festival in Mallorca

    Melvyn Tan, piano

    • Chopin: Piano concerto No. 2 in F minor Op.2 (transcription for piano quintet)
    • Haydn - String Quartet in B flat major Op.76 No. 4 "Sunrise"
    • Beethoven - String Quartet No. 15 in A minor Op. 132
    • Kodaly - Serenade for two violins and viola
    • Schubert - String Quartet No. 13 in A minor "Rosamunde"
    • Henri Dutilleux - Ainsi la nuit
    •  Brahms - String Quartet No. 1 in C minor Op.51
    • De Falla: Spanish Dance No 1.
    • https://www.kirkerholidays.com/holidays/the-kirker-chopin-festival-in-mallorca

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018

    Tel Aviv Museum of Art 1

    9:00 pmRecanati Hall, Tel Aviv Museum of Art
  • Thu
    14
    Jun
    2018

    Tel Aviv Museum of Art 2

    8:30 pmRecanati Hall, Tel Aviv Museum of Art

    Almira Emiri, piano

    • Schubert - String Quartet in No. 13 in A minor, D.804 "Rosamunde"
    • Schumann - Piano Quintet in E flay major, Op. 44

    http://www.tamuseum.org.il/concert-item/81783

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018

    Haifa Chamber Music Society

    8:30 pm
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D major, Op. 76 No. 5
    • Schumann - String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 No. 3
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132

    https://www.haifa-israel.info/activitesculturellesseries20172018anglais.html

  • 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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