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Doric Quartet
February 17, 2019, 3pm



About the Artist

Sunday, February 17, 2019 – 3pm


Online orders will be held at door 1 hour before the performance.

Serious musicians whose playing is infused with spontaneity and joy, this important British ensemble will be a mainstay of the series for years to come.  

Haydn: B-flat major Quartet, Op. 33, No. 4
Bartók: Quartet No. 5
Mendelssohn: E-minor Quartet, Op. 44, No. 2

Sponsored by Sherley Hannay

General Admission seating - doors open 45 minutes before concert.
All kids and college students admitted free at door.

The Doric String Quartet has firmly established itself as the leading British string quartet of its generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe.  Selected for representation by YCAT in 2006, the Quartet went on to win several prizes including 1st prize at the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, 2nd prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition in Italy and the Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany.

The Quartet performs in leading concert halls throughout Europe including Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Konzerthaus, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Hamburg Laeiszhalle and De Singel, and is a regular visitor to the Wigmore Hall.  In 2010 the Quartet made its highly acclaimed American debut with recitals at the Frick Museum in New York and Library of Congress in Washington and now tours annually, making its Carnegie Hall debut in 2017.  Alongside main season concerts the Quartet has a busy festival schedule and has performed at the Festspiele Mecklenburg- Vorpommern, West Cork, Cheltenham, Delft, Grafenegg, Schubertiade Hohenems, Carinthischer Sommer, Incontri inTerra di Siena, Risør and Schwetzinger Festivals, collaborating with artists including Ian Bostridge, Philip Langridge, Mark Padmore, Alexander Melnikov, Daniel Müller-Schott, Andreas Haefliger, Chen Halevi, Elizabeth Leonskaja, Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien. 

A recent highlight has seen the Quartet take on John Adams’ “Absolute Jest” for String Quartet and Orchestra with performances at the Vienna Konzerthaus with John Adams conducting, with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw and with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Markus Stenz.  Their recording of the piece with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Peter Oundjian will be released on Chandos in 2018.

The 2017/18 season sees the Doric String Quartet featured at the Wigmore Hall as part of the Hall’s Haydn Series. Across five concerts throughout the season the Quartet performs the complete Opus 20 and Opus 64 Quartets and the Seven Last Words.  Elsewhere in the UK they continue their longstanding relationship with the Wiltshire Music Centre and in June 2018 they will take up the Artistic Directorship of the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival.  In Europe highlights include appearances in Avignon, Alès, Zurich, Cologne, Eindhoven and Rotterdam.  The Quartet also takes part in the inaugural Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale as well as appearing at the Malmö Chamber Music Festival and returning to Mecklenburg Vorpommern for the Spring Festival in Rügen.  Further afield the Quartet returns to the US for its annual tour which includes performances in Hawaii, Salt Lake City, Boston, Washington DC and New York.

In 2009 the Doric String Quartet’s first CD was released to critical acclaim on the Wigmore Live label and was chosen as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone.  Since 2010 the Quartet has recorded exclusively for Chandos Records. The first CD, the complete Korngold String Quartets, was featured as one of the 2010 Critic’s Choice discs in Gramophone and was followed by a CD of the Walton String Quartets which was nominated for a 2011 Gramophone Award. The Quartet’s release of the Schumann String Quartets was named CD of the Month in both Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine, whilst their recording of Haydn’s Op 20 was named Editor’s Choice by Gramophone and shortlisted for a 2015 Gramophone Award.  2017 saw the release of Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro with the BBC Symphony Orchestra/Ed Gardner and a CD of Schubert’s Quartettsatz and G Major Quartet which was named Editor’s Choice by Gramophone and nominated for a 2017 Gramophone Award. 

Formed in 1998 the Doric String Quartet studied on the Paris-based ProQuartet Professional Training Program and later at the Music Academy in Basel.  In 2015 the Quartet was appointed as Teaching Quartet in Association at the Royal Academy of Music in London. 

British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances, distinctive sound and insightful interpretations. His virtuosic command over the most arduous technical complexities underpins the remarkable depth and understanding of his music making.

Last season, Benjamin performed at London’s Barbican Hall, Paris’ Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Madrid’s Ciclo Grandes Intérpretes, San Francisco Performances, Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s recital series, Munich’s Herkulessaal, Milan’s Societá dei Concerti and Palau de la Música Catalana Barcelona. Also a keen chamber musician, he joined Tabea Zimmermann and others for a performance of Schubert’s Trout Quintet at Bonn’s Beethovenwoche 2019, and together with the Doric Quartet performed piano quintets by Fauré and Dvořák as well as chamber settings of Chopin’s Piano Concertos.

In 2011 Benjamin signed to Decca Classics, becoming the youngest British musician ever to sign to the label. Benjamin’s fourth CD on the label, Homages (2016), explores a number of works in which great composers pay tribute to their predecessors, including Busoni’s transcription of Bach’s great solo violin Chaconne, Franck’s Choral, Prelude and Fugue and Liszt’s tribute to Italian folk song, Venezia e Napoli. Named Instrumental Recording of the Month in BBC Music Magazine, the disc was also awarded a Diapason d'Or.

Benjamin has received Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year and Instrumental Awards, a Classic Brits Critics’ Award, UK Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent, a Diapason d’Or Jeune Talent Award, the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition, and was the inaugural recipient of The Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize with the New York Philharmonic in 2016. He has been featured in two BBC television documentaries, as well as in CNN’s Human to Hero series.

The youngest of five brothers, Benjamin began playing the piano aged 6. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Elton and Daniel-Ben Pienaar, where he graduated in 2012 with the ‘Queen’s Commendation for Excellence’ and in 2016 was awarded a Fellowship. Benjamin has been supported since 2013 by EFG International, the widely respected global private banking group.

Doric Quartet
February 17, 2019, 3pm