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Saturday 28 March 2020 at 8.00 pm (doors 7.30 pm)

CASTALIAN QUARTET

with Hannah Shaw (viola)

String Quartets by Haydn and Janáček, and a String Quintet by Brahms

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In 2018 the Castalian Quartet received the prestigious inaugural MERITO String Quartet Award & Valentin Erben Prize and won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award.

Joseph Haydn String Quartet No 67 in F major, Op 77 No 2 (1799)
Leoš Janáček String Quartet No 1 (Kreutzer Sonata) (1923)
Johannes Brahms     
String Quintet No 1 in F major, Op 88 (1882)

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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, Vancouver Recital Society, 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 Colombia.

The Quartet has performed widely throughout Europe as part of 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. They have collaborated with Nils Mönkemeyer, Alasdair Beatson, Simon Rowland-Jones, Daniel Lebhardt and Olivier Stankiewicz, among many others.

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. Awards include 3rd Prize at the 2016 Banff Quartet Competition and 1st Prize at the 2015 Lyon Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet was selected by YCAT in 2016. They have received coaching from Simon Rowland-Jones, David Waterman and Isabel Charisius.

Sini Simonen (violin)

The Finnish violinist Sini Simonen enjoys an active international career as a chamber musician and soloist. She is the leader of Castalian String Quartet and the violinist of Calvino Piano Trio.

Simonen has won top prizes in several major international violin competitions including the Flesch, Lipizer and Cremona competitions. She has also won prizes in the Brahms, Lyon, ARD, Banff and Citta di Pinerolo chamber music competitions.

She studied in Sibelius Academy, Musikhochschule Hannover and Musik-Akademie Basel with Lara Lev and Rainer Schmidt among others. Masterclasses and collaborations with Ferenc Rados, Gerhard Schulz, Sir Andras Schiff, Miriam Fried, and Ursula Smith provided important influences.

From 2013 to 2017, Sini was a violinist of Esbjerg Ensemble, one of Denmark’s oldest chamber groups. The ensemble is comprised of a string quartet, wind quintet and percussion, and it is known for its innovative programmes combining contemporary and classical music.

She has appeared as a concerto soloist with orchestras including Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Göttingen Symphony Orchestra and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. Her cd recordings as a soloist include Bach’s double violin concerto with Helsinki Strings (Warner) and Vivaldi’s concerto for 3 violins (tacet). 

Her chamber music partners have included Ferenc Rados, Robert Levin, Midori and Steven Isserlis. 

She plays a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin from 1760 on loan from the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

 

Daniel Roberts (violin)

Daniel Llewellyn Roberts (b.1987) studied with Nigel Murray and Jan Repko. He is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, holds Masters degrees from the Royal College of Music, London (as a Yehudi Menuhin Scholar), and the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien, Hannover, and has twice been a Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

As a soloist, Daniel has appeared in Hong Kong City Hall, the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, the Hindemith Cabinet, Frankfurt, and the Sudler Recital Hall, Yale University. He was the recipient of the 2009 Musicians Benevolent Fund ‘Emily English’ Award for ‘most outstanding violinist’, and the 2010 Philharmonia Orchestra MMSF ‘John E. Mortimer’ prize.

Alongside his role as violinist with the Castalian String Quartet, he performs internationally as a chamber musician and has collaborated with musicians such as Simon Rowland-Jones, Tom Poster, Levon Chilingirian and the Primrose Piano Quartet.

Daniel is in demand as both a violin and chamber music teacher, previously holding positions at Birmingham Conservatoire and St. Paul’s Girls’ School, London, and giving masterclasses at St. Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh, and in various music schools and conservatoires in China. He teaches on the Xenia Chamber Music Course in Italy.

Daniel is a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and is extremely grateful to them for the loan of a fine violin by Joseph Guarneri filius Andrea of 1705.

Charlotte Bonneton (viola)

Having studied in her native France at the Grenoble Conservatoire and the Schola Cantorum, Paris, Charlotte was awarded a full scholarship to study violin with Professor György Pauk at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she obtained a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours and a Master of Arts with Distinction. Whilst at the Royal Academy, Charlotte also studied viola with Matthew Souter.

Aged 16, she won 2nd Prize at the Wieniawski International Violin Competition (Junior Category) and subsequently performed as a soloist in the Maison de Radio France, the Auditorium du Louvre (Paris), the Salle Cortot (Paris), the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (Paris) and the Festival Radio-France in Montpellier. In 2011 she made her recital debut at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, as part of the Holland Music Session’s ‘New Masters on Tour’ programme.

As a concerto soloist, she has appeared with Orchestre National de Lorraine, Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Kazakh State Philharmonic Orchestra, Wroclaw Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum, Royal Academy String Orchestra and Royal Academy Concert Orchestra, performing works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns and Schnittke.  

Charlotte is dedicated to introducing audiences to new music and regularly collaborates with the London Contemporary Orchestra.

Christopher Graves (cello)

Christopher Graves studied the cello with Melissa Phelps at the Royal College of Music and with Johannes Goritzki at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana. He studied chamber music with Oliver Wille at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien, Hannover. His other teachers have included Bernard Greenhouse and Kate Beare. During his studies he was awarded scholarships by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Musicians Benevolent Fund, and the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund.

Aside from his activities with the Castalian Quartet he has performed widely as a chamber musician in the UK and abroad, at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and Kings Place, and played at festivals such as the Middelburg International Festival and Kings Place Festival. As a soloist he has been heard on BBC Radio 3 playing in the BBC Proms Plus festival with an RCM chamber orchestra, and has given recitals in the UK and Europe.

As a teacher he has coached chamber ensembles at the Royal College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire and Chethams Music School. He has played principal cello with orchestras such as Scottish Opera and Sinfonia Cymru and worked with other orchestras including the Philharmonia.

Hannah Shaw (viola)

Violist Hannah Shaw (b. 1984, South Carolina, USA) enjoys a career spanning a wide variety of musical styles. As a chamber musician, Hannah has performed throughout Europe and the US as a member of The Hague String Variations and Trio De Kooning, as well as with such musicians as Liza Ferschtman, Dimitri Ferschtman, Atar Arad, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Gordan Nikolic, and Michel Strauss, among others; and she appears regularly at such festivals as Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, Festival de Musique de Chambre à Giverny, Grachten Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and Casalmaggiore International Festival.

Through her interest in contemporary music, Hannah performs regularly with the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble; has collaborated with such notable composers and conductors as Reinbert de Leeuw, Kaija Saariaho, Peter Eötvös, Huang Ruo, Heinz Holliger, Eliott Carter, Louis Andriessen, Sofia Gubaidulina, and James MacMillan; has had works written for her by Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, Victoria Cheah, and Timo Andres; and has appeared in the Acht Brücken Festival, Saariaho Festival Den Haag, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Holland Festival, Juilliard's Focus! Festival, and MoMA's Summergarden series. With Trio De Kooning, she received a grant from the Netherlands-America Foundation for her presentation of contemporary works for string trio.

Hannah has also served as guest leader with a number of orchestras, including BBC National Orchestra of Wales, The Hague Philharmonic, and Arnhem Philharmonic; and can regularly be heard playing with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Nederlands Kamerorkest, and the Noord Nederlands Orkest.

Hannah received her Bachelor of Music degree with honors from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Roger Chase. She was awarded a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Samuel Rhodes of the Juilliard String Quartet.

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