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

  • Wed
    09
    Jan
    2019

    Scène National d'Orléans

    8:30 pmThéâtre d'Orléans, Boulevard Aristide Briand, 45000 Orléans, France
    • Fauré - String Quartet in E minor Op. 121
    • Thomas Adès - The Four Quarters
    • Mozart - String Quartet in C major, K.465 "Dissonance"

    https://www.scenenationaledorleans.fr/spectacles/quatuor-castalian-59.html?article=1854

  • Thu
    17
    Jan
    2019

    London School of Economics

    1:05 pmShaw Library, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE
    • Haydn - String Quartet in C major, Op. 20 No. 2
    • Elgar - String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83
  • Fri
    25
    Jan
    2019

    Rising Stars / Martin Randall Travel

    6:00 pmThe Castle Hotel, Castle Green, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1NF
    • Haydn- String Quartet in C major, Op. 20 No. 2
    • Britten - String Quartet No. 2 in C, Op. 36
    • Brahms - String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2

    https://www.martinrandall.com/rising-stars

  • Sat
    26
    Jan
    2019

    Ipswich Chamber Music Society

    7:30 pmIpswich School, Ipswich, IP1 3SG
    • Haydn- String Quartet in C major, Op. 20 No. 2
    • Britten - String Quartet No. 2 in C, Op. 36
    • Brahms - String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2

    https://www.ipswichchambermusic.org.uk/copy-of-season-17-18-concert-3

  • Sat
    02
    Feb
    2019

    Banstead Arts Festival

    7:30 pmBanstead Community Association Hall, Park Road, Banstead SM7 3AJ
    • Haydn- String Quartet in C major, Op. 20 No. 2
    • Elgar - String Quartet in E minor, Op. 86
    • Brahms - String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2

    http://www.bansteadarts.co.uk/concert3front.php

  • Wed
    20
    Feb
    2019

    Saffron Hall

    7:30 pmSaffron Hall, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in B falr Op. 18 No. 6
    • Fauré - String Quartet in E minor, Op. 122
    • Brahms - String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51 no. 2

    https://saffronhall.com/calendar/castalian-string-quartet-4/

  • Sun
    24
    Feb
    2019

    Brighton Dome

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

    Daniel Lebhardt, piano

  • Mon
    11
    Mar
    2019
    Wed
    13
    Mar
    2019

    The Kirker Music Festival at the Tresanton, St. Mawes

    Hotel Tresanton, St. Mawes
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor Op.76 No. 2 ‘Fifths’
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in B flat Op.18 No.6
    • Elgar - String Quartet in E minor Op.83
    • Britten - String Quartet No. 2 in C Op.36 (1945)
    • Schubert - String Quartet No. 13 in A minor D 804 ‘Rosamunde’
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in G Op.18 No.2
    • Schumann - String Quartet in F Op.41 No.2
    • Brahms - String Quartet in A minor Op.51 No.2

    https://www.kirkerholidays.com/holidays/the-kirker-music-festival-at-the-tresanton-st-mawes

  • Wed
    20
    Mar
    2019

    Kendal Concert Club

    1:00 pmKendal Town Hall, Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4DL

    Robert Plane, clarinet

    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76 No. 2 "Fifths"
    • Brahms - Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

    https://www.kendalmiddayconcertclub.org/index.html

  • Thu
    21
    Mar
    2019

    Seaton Music

    7:30 pmThe Gateway Hall, Seaton, EX12 2LD
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op.76 No.2 "Fifths"
    • Britten - String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36
    • Schubert - String Quartet No.13 in A minor, D.804 Rosamunde

    http://www.seatonmusic.org/

  • Fri
    29
    Mar
    2019

    Flagey

    12:30 pmFlagey, Place Sainte-Croix, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op.76 No.2 "Fifths"
    • Schubert - String Quartet No.13 in A minor, D.804 Rosamunde

    https://www.flagey.be/en/activity/5041-castalian-string-quartet-piknik-concert

  • Sun
    31
    Mar
    2019

    Halesworth Arts Festival

    2:30 pmThe Cut Arts Centre, New Cut, Halesworth, IP19 8BY
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op.76 No.2 "Fifths"
    • Britten - String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36
    • Schubert - String Quartet No.13 in A minor, D.804 Rosamunde

    https://www.halesworthartsfestival.org.uk/events/CastalianQuartet

  • Thu
    04
    Apr
    2019

    Canadian Opera Company, Toronto

    12:00 pmRichard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto, Canada
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op.76 No.2 "Fifths"
    • Britten - String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36

    https://www.coc.ca/plan-your-visit/free-concert-series

  • Sun
    07
    Apr
    2019

    The Phillips Collection, Washington

    4:00 pm1600 21st Street NW, Washington DC, USA
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op.76 No.2 "Fifths"
    • Britten - String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36
    • Schubert - String Quartet No.13 in A minor, D.804 Rosamunde

    https://www.phillipscollection.org/events/2019-04-07-sunday-concerts-castalian

  • Wed
    10
    Apr
    2019

    Salle Bourgie, Montreal

    7:30 pmMusée des Beaux-arts de Montréal, 1339 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, Québec
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op.76 No.2 "Fifths"
    • Britten - String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36
    • Schubert - String Quartet No.13 in A minor, D.804 Rosamunde

    https://www.mbam.qc.ca/achats-en-ligne/concerts/quatuor-castalian/6229/

  • Fri
    12
    Apr
    2019

    Middlebury College, Vermont

    7:30 pmMahaney Center for the Arts, 72 Porter Field Rd., Middlebury, VT 05753 USA
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op.76 No.2 "Fifths"
    • Britten - String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36
    • Schubert - String Quartet No.13 in A minor, D.804 Rosamunde

    http://www.middlebury.edu/arts/performing/2018-2019-season/20190412-castalian-quartet

  • Thu
    18
    Apr
    2019

    Lincoln Center, New York

    7:30 pmDavid Rubenstein Atrium, Lincoln Center, NY, USA
    • Britten - String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36
    • Schubert - String Quartet No.13 in A minor, D.804 Rosamunde

    http://www.lincolncenter.org/great-performers/show/castalian-string-quartet

  • Wed
    24
    Apr
    2019

    Cheltenham Music Society

    7:30 pmPittville Pump Room, East Approach Drive, Cheltenham, GL52 3JE
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op.76 No.2 "Fifths"
    • Britten - String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36
    • Schubert - String Quartet No.13 in A minor, D.804 Rosamunde

    http://www.cheltmusicsoc.co.uk/

  • Wed
    01
    May
    2019

    Saffron Hall

    7:30 pmSaffron Hall, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D major, Op. 76 No. 5
    • Elgar - String Quartet Op. 83
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 "Razumovsky"

    https://saffronhall.com/calendar/castalian-string-quartet-3/

  • Tue
    07
    May
    2019

    Wiener Konzerthaus

    7:30 pmMozartsaal, Wiener Konzerthaus, Lothringerstraße 20 A-1030, Wien
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op.76 No.2 "Fifths"
    • Britten - String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36
    • Schubert - String Quartet No.13 in A minor, D.804 Rosamunde

    https://konzerthaus.at/konzert/eventid/56067

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