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U.K.-Based Doric String Quartet Plays Free Concert March 9

February 23, 2017

Program to Feature Works by Mendelssohn, Berg, and Schubert

Middlebury, VT—Over the past decade, the Doric String Quartet has been a rising star on the chamber music scene, taking its place among the finest quartets of its generation. Lauded by the Strad magazine as “inventive, engaging, moving, and beautiful,” the U.K.-based ensemble comes to Middlebury for the first time on Thursday, March 9 with a free 7:30 P.M. concert at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. The program will include Mendelssohn’s Quartet in E-flat Major, the Lyric Suite by Berg, and Schubert’s dramatic G Major quartet.

This free concert is made possible with generous support from the Sunderman Family Concert Endowment Fund, in memory of Dr. F. William Sunderman Jr. and Dr. Carolyn Reynolds Sunderman. Admission is free, and no tickets are required. Audience members are advised to arrive early as seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“This is a superb ensemble, intelligent, technically brilliant, wonderfully balanced.”
The Times, July 2016

The concert will be presented by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series as part of the Bach to Barber Paul Nelson Chamber Music Series, established in 2014 by an anonymous donor.


About the Quartet

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 Young Classical Artists Trust in 2006, the Quartet went on to win several prizes including first prize at the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, second 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 London’s Wigmore Hall. The Doric made a trumphant American debut in 2010 with recitals at the Frick Museum in New York and Library of Congress in Washington, and now returns for annual tours to North America. The quartet will debut at Carnegie Hall just two weeks before their Middlebury concert.

The ensemble has collaborated with many leading artists including tenors Ian Bostridge,* Philip Langridge, and Mark Padmore; pianists Alexander Melnikov,* Andreas Haefliger, and Cédric Tiberghien;* clarinetist Chen Halevi; and violinist Alina Ibragimova.* *These artists have also appeared on the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series.

The Doric String Quartet’s impressive discography includes eleven critically-acclaimed recordings between 2009 and 2016, earning Gramophone Editor’s Choice picks, Critic’s Choice and CD of the month selections, and a Grammy nomination.

Formed in 1998 at Pro Corda, a national school for young chamber music players in Britain, the Doric String Quartet also studied in the Paris-based ProQuartet Professional Training Program and later at the Music Academy in Basel. In 2015, the quartet was appointed Teaching Quartet in Association at the Royal Academy of Music in London.


The Doric String Quartet concert will take place on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7:30 P.M. at the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts’ Robison Hall. Admission is free; no tickets are required. The Mahaney Center is located on the campus of Middlebury College, at 72 Porter Field Road, just off Route 30 south/S. Main Street. Free parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to


Photo caption: The Doric String Quartet will perform in a free concert at the Mahaney Center for the Arts on Thursday, March 9. Photo George Gariner

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Middlebury College
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