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Castalian Quartet; 04/12/2019

Castalian Quartet
Friday, April 12, 2019 – 7:30 PM
Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

Recent winners of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award, Lyon International Chamber Music Competition, Young Classical Artists Trust, and more, the Castalian Quartet is rapidly emerging as an exciting voice in the international chamber music scene. We welcome the quartet on its U.S. debut tour, with a program including Haydn's Op. 76 No. 2 , Britten's second quartet, and Schubert's Rosamunde. 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. A Nelson Series event. Pre-concert lecture by Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin, 6:30 PM, Room 221. Free; no tickets required

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The Castalian Quartet performing Haydn's String Quartet in D Op.76 No.2, live at Wigmore Hall.

HAYDN String Quartet in D minor, Op.76 No.2 "Fifths"

BRITTEN String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36 (1945)


SCHUBERT String Quartet No.13 in A minor, D.804 "Rosamunde"


Castalian Quartet
Sini Simonen, Violin
Daniel Roberts, Violin
Charlotte Bonneton, Viola
Christopher Graves, Cello

In 2018 the Castalian Quartet received the prestigious inaugural Merito String Quartet Award & Valentin Erben Prize and won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award.
Previous awards include 3rd Prize at the 2016 Banff International Quartet Competition and 1st Prize at the 2015 Lyon International Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2016.

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, 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 Columbia.

The Quartet has performed widely throughout Europe includingtaking part in 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.

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, and has also received coaching from Simon Rowland-Jones, David Waterman and Isabel Charisius. The Quartet has collaborated with Nils Mönkemeyer, Alasdair Beatson, Simon Rowland-Jones, Daniel Lebhardt and Olivier Stankiewicz.

Mahaney Arts Center
Middlebury College
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