Gildas String Quartet
Saturday, 5 December 2015 from 19:30 to 21:15 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Quartet in A major Op. 20 No. 6 - Josef HAYDN
Quartet in F major No. 12 Op. 96 - Antonin DVORAK
- Interval -
The Tree of Strings - Harrison BIRTWISTLE
Praised for its 'refreshing approach' and 'exciting precision', the Gildas Quartet is fast establishing itself as one of the most exciting young ensembles to emerge in recent years.
As Park Lane Group Young Artists and winners of a Tunnell Trust Concert Award, the quartet has enjoyed an exciting year which included Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall debuts and a live performance on BBC Radio 3's In Tune as studio guests with Sean Rafferty.
The Gildas Quartet has performed widely across both the UK and Europe including at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, the Two Moors Festival, Altenberger Kultursommer festival and Pallazzo Ricci, Montepulciano. Passionate performers of all repertoire from old to new, the quartet has recently had the privilege of working both with Colin Matthews and with Sir Harrison Birtwistle on performing the composers' most recent string quartets at the Southbank Centre and the Forge, Camden. The quartet has also collaborated with the Medici Quartet in performing Sir John Tavener's 'Towards Silence' and performed live via video link in New York's Carnegie Hall for the American Composers' Orchestra, giving the world première of Ray Lustig's 'Latency Canons' which received a glowing 4-star review in the New York Times.
Since its formation, the quartet has worked closely with violinist and conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy, studying both privately and in pubilc masterclasses, including for the Friends of the Verbier Festival and at the Geneva Conservatoire. They were invited as the only UK-based quartet to participate in an inspirational week of masterclasses on the quartets of Bela Bartòk, led by Gábor Takács and Sandor Davić of the original Bartok Quartet.
The Gildas Quartet is enjoying a busy Winter season including recitals at the Two Moors Festival, the Southbank Centre, 'Birtwistle in Birmingham' festival and an extensive tour of Scotland, from Edinburgh University to Orkney. Alongside performing engagements, the quartet enjoys teaching, from masterclasses to workshops and community projects, chamber music collaborations, and open rehearsals. Forthcoming engagements in 2015 include a performance of Haydn's Seven Last Words at Hampton Court Palace this Easter, recitals at the Conway Hall and Purcell Room, and a return to the Cheltenham Festival this Summer.