London’s Castalian Quartet to Perform at Union College, Nov. 13

SCHENECTADY – Capital Region Classical is pleased to be bringing London’s Castalian Quartet to Union College’s Memorial Chapel on Sunday, Nov. 13. The British string quartet dazzled audiences in their fall 2021 debut at the Massry Center. Oxford University’s first quartet-in-residence, the Castalian will off a program featuring three classics:

  • Haydn: E-flat major Quartet, Op. 20, No. 1
  • Britten: First Quartet, Op. 25
  • Beethoven: B-flat major Quartet, Op. 130/133
Castalian Quartet

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, Auditorium du Louvre, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Lucerne Chamber Music Society, Brussels Flagey, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Saffron Hall, and the Aldeburgh, East Neuk, Spoleto, North Norfolk, Heidelberg Spring, Rheingau, Mosel, and Dresden festivals. The Quartet’s 2019-2020 Wigmore Hall cycle of Brahms and Schumann featured collaborations with Stephen Hough, Cédric Tiberghien, Michael Collins, Nils Mönkemeyer, Isabel Charisius, and Ursula Smith. In 2018, they recorded the complete Haydn Opus 76 quartets for the Wigmore Live label.

Formed in 2011, the Castalian String Quartet studied with Oliver Wille of the Kuss Quartet at the Hannover Hochschule für Musik, soon winning 1st Prize at the 2015 Lyon Chamber Music Competition and 3rd Prize at the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition. Their many influential teachers to date include Simon-Rowland-Jones, David Waterman, and Isabel Charisius. In 2016, the Quartet were selected by the Young Classical Artists Trust, and more recently were named recipients of the inaugural Merito String Quartet Award/Valentin Erben Prize and a 2018 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.

When not on stage, first violinist Sini Simonen can be found hiking in the hills, second violinist Daniel Roberts follows his beloved Liverpool Football Club, cellist Christopher Graves makes bows and violist, Charlotte Bonneton, ties herself into impossible yogic knots. They take immense pleasure in performing for diverse audiences everywhere, from the world’s greatest concert halls to maximum security prisons and even a rainforest.

The concert begins at 3:00 pm. Tickets are priced at $35 and are general admission. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit capitalregioncalssical.org.

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