The Carducci Quartet is recognised as one of today’s most successful young string quartets. Based in the UK, the quartet holds residencies at Cardiff University and Dean Close School and is visiting quartet in residence at Trinity College of Music in London, Repton School and the Cork School of Music in Ireland. Regulars at London’s Wigmore Hall, they perform throughout the UK, including their own festival in Highnam, Glos.
Winner of many competitions at home and abroad, the Anglo-Irish Carducci quartet has established an enthusiastic international following with over 90 concerts worldwide each year. In 2009-10 there were tours of Spain, Ireland, Colombia, Australia and the USA, including New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Other appearances include at Carnegie Hall, Washington Library of Congress, Tivoli Concert Hall, National Concert Hall, Dublin and the Verbier, West Cork and Wratislavia Cantans Festivals.
Among the highlights of 2011 was the world premiere of a new quartet by Arlene Sierra, in Stanford USA, and the UK premiere at the Cheltenham International Festival in July, collaborations with Charles Owen, Natalie Clein, Simon Rowland-Jones and Libor Novacek, and as the guest quartet at the Trasimeno Music Festival in Italy in the summer, performances included the Elgar Quintet with pianist Angela Hewitt. They were nominated for a 2011 Royal Philharmonic Society Award for their family concert ‘Getting the Quartet Bug!’.
The Carducci Quartet’s success includes an Aldeburgh residency, broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, RTE Lyric FM and BBC television, a cycle of the complete Bartok quartets and a Naxos recording of the Philip Glass quartets. They have received wide critical acclaim for recordings on their own record label 'Carducci Classics', launched with a CD of Haydn Quartets. Other recordings include two world premiere recordings featuring 20th-century works by G. Whettam ('recording of the month' MusicWeb International) and J. Horovitz (‘beautifully crafted works…excellent performances’, BBC Music Magazine), and a Vivaldi and Piazzolla with the Katona Twins Guitar Duo for Channel Classics.
The quartet studied with members of the Amadeus, Alban Berg, Chilingirian, Takacs and Vanbrugh quartets, and, as part of the ProQuartet professional training programme in France, with Gyorgy Kurtag, Walter Levin and Paul Katz. Passionate about taking classical music to the next generation, the Carducci Quartet runs chamber music courses for young musicians in the UK, France and Ireland. Their educational work includes performances for school children supported by their own trust, the Carducci Music Trust, the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust and West Cork Music. They also regularly coach on the National Youth String Quartet Weekend, run by the London String Quartet Foundation at Chetham’s School of Music.
"...the best of the nation's young professional talent..."London Evening Standard
"..technical rigour, penetrative musical insight and lively yet unified individualism...winning in every sense of the word..."The Irish Times
"...a very exciting ensemble...accuracy of attack, perfect intonation, unflagging energy...its truly great stuff..."London Metro
Haydn - String Quartet Op.33 no.2 'Joke'
Moeran - String Quartet in Eb
Schumann - String Quartet no.3
Mozart - String Quartet 'Hunt'
Bartok - String Quartet No.2
Beethoven -String Quartet op.18 no.6
Haydn - String Quartet op 76 no.4 'Sunrise'
Glass - String Quartet no.3
Mendelssohn - String Quartet op.80