The Castalian String Quartet will return to Oxford this Wednesday (2 Feb) to perform a residency concert at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford University. The repertoire features Mozart’s String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421, Fanny Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in E flat major, and Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80. This concert forms part of the Hans Keller String Quartet Residency at the Oxford University Faculty of Music. More information and ticket purchase are available here.
Formed in 2011, the Castalian String Quartet studied with Oliver Wille of the Kuss Quartet at the Hannover Hochschule für Musik. Their many influential teachers to date include Simon-Rowland-Jones, David Waterman, and Isabel Charisius. In only a few seasons, the Quartet have made critically-acclaimed debuts at New York’s Lincoln Center, Banff International String Quartet Festival, the Vancouver Recital Series, Montreal’s Salle Bourgie, and The Philips Collection in Washington D.C. Their many notable collaborators have included Aleksander Madzar, Alasdair Beatson, Simon Rowland-Jones, Daniel Lebhardt and Olivier Stankiewicz.
Hailed for their “powerful individuality of sound” and “instinctive singularity of musical intention” (The Scotsman) whose performances are “full of poetry, joy and sorrow” and “realised to such perfection” (The Observer), the Castalian String Quartet are quickly emerging as one of the most exciting and in-demand quartets on the world stage.
Named 2019 Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist of the Year, their recent and forthcoming highlights include debut invitations to Carnegie Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Paris Philharmonie, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Lucerne Chamber Music Society and Boise Chamber Music Series. A full list of upcoming tour dates can be found here.
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