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

  • Fri
    24
    May
    2019
    Sun
    26
    May
    2019

    Queille Festival

    Tom Poster, piano

    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76 No. 2 “Fifths”
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in B flat major, Op 18 No. 6
    • Shostakovich - Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57
    • Mozart - Piano Quartet in E flat major, K.493
    • Schubert - Piano Trio in E flat major D929
    • https://www.queille.com/festival.html


Concert Dates

News

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 4
Aug 4

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
    24
    May
    2019
    Sun
    26
    May
    2019

    Queille Festival

    Chateau de Queille, Saint-Quentin-la-Tour, 09500, France

    Tom Poster, piano

    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76 No. 2 “Fifths”
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in B flat major, Op 18 No. 6
    • Shostakovich - Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57
    • Mozart - Piano Quartet in E flat major, K.493
    • Schubert - Piano Trio in E flat major D929
    • https://www.queille.com/festival.html

  • Thu
    06
    Jun
    2019

    Music in Quiet Places

    7:30 pmSt Firmin's Church, Thurlby PE10 0EH
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op.76 No.2 "Fifths"
    • Janaček -String Quartet No. 1 "Kreutzer Sonata"
    • Britten - String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36

    https://www.stamfordartscentre.com/whats-on/all-shows/castalian-string-quartet-music-in-quiet-places

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019

    Aldeburgh Festival

    11:00 amAldeburgh Church
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op.76 No.2 "Fifths"
    • Edmund Finnis - Aloysius (UK premiere)
    • Britten - String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36

    https://snapemaltings.co.uk/whats-on/castalian-quartet/

  • Sun
    09
    Jun
    2019

    Music at Leamington Hastings

    3:00 pmLeamington Church, CV23 8DY

    Daniel Lebhardt, piano

    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op.76 No.2 "Fifths"
    • Britten - String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36
    • Brahms - Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
  • Wed
    12
    Jun
    2019

    The Stoller Hall / Chetham's 50th anniversary

    7:30 pmThe Stoller Hall, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA

    Gabriella Swallow, cello

    • Beethoven - String Quartet in G major, Op. 18 No.2
    • Janaček - String Quartet No. 1 - Kreutzer Sonata
    • Schubert - String Quintet in C major, D.956

    https://stollerhall.com/whats-on/castalian-quartet-with-gabriella-swallow/

  • Sun
    16
    Jun
    2019

    Jordans Music Club

    7:30 amJubilee Hall, School Lane, Seer Green, Bucks HP9 2QJ
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in G major, Op. 18 No.2
    • Janacek - String Quartet No. 1 - Kreutzer Sonata
    • Schumann - String Quartet in F major, Op. 41 No. 2
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    http://jordansmusicclub.org.uk/castalianquartet

  • Fri
    21
    Jun
    2019

    The Barn in Carlton

    7:30 pmThe Barn, Carlton, Bedfordshire MK43 7ND
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in G major, Op. 18 No.2
    • Janacek - String Quartet No. 1 - Kreutzer Sonata
    • Schumann - String Quartet in F major, Op. 41 No. 2

    http://www.thebarncarlton.co.uk/castalian.asp

  • Tue
    25
    Jun
    2019

    Brahms a Milano

    6:30 pmMare Culturale Urbano, Milan, Italy

    Anna Hashimoto, clarinet

    • Brahms - Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

    https://brahmsamilano.it/concerto/le-affinita-elettive/

  • Thu
    27
    Jun
    2019

    Forde Abbey

    7:30 pmForde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, TA20 4LU

    Hannah Shaw, viola

    • Beethoven - String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 18 No. 6
    • Janacek - String Quartet No. 1 "Kreutzer Soanata"
    • Brahms - String Quintet in G major, Op. 111

    https://www.fordeabbey.co.uk/event/castalian-quartet/

  • Fri
    05
    Jul
    2019

    Deal Music and Arts Festival

    7:30 pmDeal Community Church
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76 No. 2 "Fifths"
    • Fanny Mendelssohn - String Quartet
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 "Razumovsky"

    http://www.dealmusicandarts.com/july-5.html#castalian

  • Sun
    07
    Jul
    2019

    Great Comp Festival

    8:00 pm
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76 No. 2 "Fifths"
    • Fanny Mendelssohn - String Quartet
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 "Razumovsky"
  • Mon
    08
    Jul
    2019

    Buxton International Festival

    3:30 pmSt John's Church, Buxton SK17 6XN
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76 No. 2 "Fifths"
    • Fanny Mendelssohn - String Quartet
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 "Razumovsky"

    https://buxtonfestival.co.uk/whats-on/castalian-string-quartet

  • Tue
    09
    Jul
    2019

    Cheltenham Festival

    11:00 amPittville Pump Room, Cheltenham
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76 No. 2 "Fifths"
    • Fanny Mendelssohn - String Quartet
    • Grace Evangeline-Mason - Commision (world premiere)
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 "Razumovsky"

    https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/music/whats-on/2019/castalian-string-quartet/

  • Tue
    09
    Jul
    2019

    Winchester Music Festival

    8:00 pmSt Cross Church
    • Haydn - String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76 No. 2 "Fifths"
    • Fanny Mendelssohn - String Quartet
    • Beethoven - String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 "Razumovsky"

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