The Doric String Quartet has established itself as the most significant British string quartet of this generation. The young quartet receives praising acknowledgements from audiences and critics all over the world, Gramophone Magazine has described them as‘one of the finest young string quartets’. After being selected by the Young Classical Artist Trust (YCAT) in 2006 the quartet continued to win numerous prizes, including the first prize at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan (2008), second prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition in Italy and the Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany
Since the Doric String Quartet came into being in 1998 they’ve performed all around the world and joined forces with internationally acclaimed artists such as Ian Bostridge, Philip Langridge, Mark Padmore, Alexander Melnikov, Daniel Müller-Schott, Chenn Halevi and the Florestan Trio. In 2010 they’ve made their noteworthy American debut with recitals at the Frick Museum in New York and Library of Congress in Washington. Recent career peaks include recitals at the Berlin Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Hamburg Laeiszhalle and in Brussels, Frankfurt, Madrid, Moscow, Paris and Prague. Besides their regular performances at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern the Quartet has appeared at the Carinthischer Sommer, Delft Chamber Music, East Neuk, Grafanegg, Incontri in Terra di Siena, North Norfolk and Schwetzinger Festivals. The Quartet also enjoys a close relationship with Wigmore Hall in London. Moreover their international establishments, they’ve toured to Japan, Israel, Australia and New Zealand.
Outstanding parts of the 2013-2014 season include returns the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Hamburg Laeiszhalle as well as recitals at Frankfurt Alte Oper de Singel (Antwerp) and in Hamburg, Madrid, Valencia, Bologna and Aarhus (Denmark). Their United Kingdom engagements include three performances at the Wigmore Hall and the continuation of the long term residency at the Wiltshire Music Centre. The Doric Quartet has made an appearance at the Huntington Festival in 2014 in Australia and has toured New Zealand afterwards. They’ve recently undertaken another United States tour which included performances in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Tennessee and Montreal.
The Doric String Quartet’s recording debut in 2009 had received critical acclaim and was selected as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone:‘The Doric’s Haydn sparkles with wit on their impressive (and) very auspicious recording debut’. The Quartet currently exclusively records forChandos Records. The Chandos debut CD, the completeKorngold String Quartets, was released in September 2010 and featured as one of the 2010 Critic’s Choice discs in Gramophone, followed by string quartets by Walton in spring 2011 which was similarly enthusiastically received by the press and nominated for a 2011 Gramophone Award. The Quartet’s release of the Schumann String Quartets in October 2011, was named as CD of the Month in Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine and was shortlisted for a 2012 Gramophone Award. The Quartet’s recording of Schubert’s ‘Rosamunde’ and ‘Death and the Maiden’ quartets was released in September 2012 drawing plaudits from critics across Europe. Future releases will include works by Haydn, Brett Dean and Janacek.
Established in 1998 at Pro Corda, The National School for Young Chamber Music Players, from 2002 the Doric String Quartet studied on the Paris-based ProQuartet Professional Training Program, where they worked with members of the Alban Berg, Artemis, Hagen and LaSalle Quartets and with György Kurtag. They furthered their studies at the Music Academy in Basel where they worked extensively with Rainer Schmidt of the Hagen Quartet.
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