About

FESTIVALS

The Chilingirian Quartet has performed and taught at numerous festivals and special events around the world, including:

Adelaide Festival Adelaide, Australia
Aldeburgh Festival, Aldeburgh, England
Barbican Centre, London – First quartet in performance

Bath International Music Festival, Bath, England
BBC Proms – Royal Albert Hall, London
Belfast Festival, Belfast, Ireland
Bergen Fest, Bergen, Norway
Berlin Music Festival, Berlin, Germany
Carinthian Summer Festival, Ossiach, Austria
Canterbury Festival, Canterbury, England
Cheltenham Music Festival, Cheltenham, England
City of London Festival, London, England
Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
Festival Internacional de Santander, Santander, Spain
Festival Les Escales Saint-Nazaire, St. Nazaire, France
Festival Pablo Casals, Prades, France
Guardian Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Wales
Hampden-Sydney Music Festival, Sydney, Australia
Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong
Istanbul International Music Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
King’s Lynn Festival, King’s Lynn, England
Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Kuhmo, Finland
Madrid Festival, Madrid, Spain
Marais Festival, Paris, France
March Music Days, Ruse, Bulgaria
Melbourne Festival Melbourne, Australia
New York International Festival, New York, USA
Olympic Games, Lillehammer, Norway
Perth Festival, Perth, Australia
Prague Spring International Music Festival, Prague, Czech Republic
Rheingau Musik Festival, Germany
Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, Ireland
San Sebastian Festival, San Sebastian, Spain
Tivoli Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark

SOUTH AMERICA
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Premiere venues in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paolo, Brazil
Santiago de Chile and Valparaiso, Chile
Bogota, Columbia
Lima, Peru
Montevideo, Uruguay
Caracas, Venezuela

AFRICA
Premiere venues in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Stellenbosch South Africa

ASIA
Casals Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Conservatory of Music, Hong Kong
Santori Hall, Tokyo, Japan

AUSTRALIA
Melba Hall, Melbourne
Seymour Centre, Sydney
Perth Festival
Adelaide Festival

AWARDS

Royal Philharmonic Society Chamber Music Award
The Cobbett Medal
Best String Quartet Recording, Gramophone Magazine

RESIDENCIES

The Quartet maintains a keen balance between its performance and teaching activities. Its residencies have included:

Royal College of Music (1988 to present)
West Dean College (1983 to present)
Lake District Summer Music Festival (1984 to present)
Liverpool University (1973 – 1976)
Norway Chamber Music Association (1984 – 1996)
Sussex University (1985 – 1993)

In addition, the Chilingirian Quartet has established an exciting connection with Venezuela’s “El Sistema,” world-famous for its Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. The Quartet has been asked to further the chamber music education of the group’s highly talented young players by visiting Caracas to teach and perform with the older players who will pass on their experiences to their younger colleagues. Ensembles from “El Sistema” have been invited to the Quartet’s prestigious summer course at West Dean in England.

PERFORMANCE VENUES

EUROPE/ UK
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Munich Herkulessaal, Munich, Germany
Zurich Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland
Vienna Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria
Stockholm Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden
Berlin Konzerthaus, Berlin, Germany
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, UK
Wigmore Hall, London, UK
Leipzig Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Germany
De Dolen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland
Brucknerhaus, Linz, Austria
Paris Conservatoire, Paris, France
Musikverein, Vienna, Austria
Megaron, Athens, Greece

NORTH AMERICA
92nd Street Y, New York, NY
Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
Corbett Auditorium, Cincinnati, OH
Cullen Theater, Houston, TX
Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Gammage Auditorium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Kresge Auditorium, MIT, Cambridge, MA
Lilly Theater, Indianapolis, IN
McKenna Theater, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Merkin Hall, New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Place des Arts, Montreal, Canada
Rackham Auditorium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Schoenberg Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale, AZ
St. Francis Auditorium, Santa Fe, NM
Wilshire Ebell Theater, Los Angeles, CA

REPERTOIRE

The repertoire of the Chilingirian Quartet is all-encompassing.

There can be very few ensembles who have performed all the Beethoven quartets, all ten “great” Mozarts, no less than 45 by Haydn, all the Bartok quartets, and over 100 other works.

At the same time, the Quartet has also been a leading exponent of contemporary chamber music, performing and premiering works by many of today’s most renowned composers, including:

  • Thomas Ades
  • Michael Berkeley
  • Benjamin Britten
  • Tigran Mansurian
  • Thea Musgrave
  • Avro Pärt
  • Robert Saxton
  • John Tavener
  • Michael Tippett
  • William Walton
  • Hugh Wood

COLLABORATIONS

Over the years, the Chilingirian Quartet and its members have had the great fortune to collaborate with many of the world’s most respected musicians. The following is a partial listing.

Conductors

Sir Andrew Davis
Richard Hickox
Sir Neville Marriner

Orchestras

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Calouste Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Russia National Orchestra
The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Instrumentalists

Basson:        Felix Warnock
Cello:           David Geringas
Steven Isserlis
Ralph Kirshbaum
Thomas Carroll
Clarinet:      Jennifer Ward-Clarke
Michael Collins
Nicholas Cox
Joan Enric Lluna
Andre Marriner
Anthony Pay
Gervase de Peyer
Richard Stoltzman

Double Bass: Thomas Martin
Duncan McTier
Flute:          Susan Milan
Horn:         Jonathan Williams
Oboe:        Gordon Hunt
Piano:        Stephen Coombes
Steven De Groote
Pascal Devoyon
Julius Drake
Peter Frankl
Jeremy Menuhin
Olli Mustonen
Steven Osborne
Bernard Roberts
Martin Roscoe
Katherine Stott
Viola:       Nobuko Imai
Yuko Inoue
Simon Rowland-Jones
Violin:     Philippe Graffin
Manoug Parikian
Vocalists:  Anonymous 4
Hilliard Ensemble
Felicity Lott

BROADCASTS

BBC Radio
BBC TV
Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC)
European Broadcasting Union
National Public Radio, USA
TVS, UK
Japanese Television
Hessischer Rundfunk, Germany
Nord Deutsche Rundfunk
Saarischer Rundfunk
Radio Bremen
Austrian Radio
Radio Basel
Spanish National Radio
Avro – The Netherlands
Norwegian Radio
Danish Radio
Swedish Radio
Finnish Radio
Australian Radio

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