RCM Quartet in Association
The award-winning Sacconi Quartet is recognised for its unanimous and compelling ensemble, consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. Formed in 2001, its four founder members continue to demonstrate a shared passion for string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm. The Sacconi is Quartet in Association at the Royal College of Music and Associate Artist at the Bristol Old Vic.
Piano Trio in Association
Trio Apaches, comprising three of the UK's most respected soloists, was officially formed in 2012 as the consequence of a shared desire to focus on innovative projects and challenging cross-genre collaborations, as well as to present masterworks of the trio repertoire in unfamiliar contexts.
Trio Apaches’ first album, released on Orchid Classics in autumn 2014, is very much representative of the group's intention to create projects outside the traditional realm of the piano trio. The disc features a newly commissioned transcription of Debussy's La Mer by Sally Beamish alongside one of Beamish's original works; her powerful setting of the Anglo Saxon poem The Seafarer, in which the Trio are joined by Sir Willard White in the role of narrator.
Built on a foundation of great friendship between three colleagues who have collaborated in various forms over many years, Trio Apaches have quickly been embraced on the international concert scene and are unanimously praised for the infectious joy and virtuosity of their performances and the innovative nature of their programmes. They have made numerous appearances on BBC Radio 3, notably with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and performances at festivals including Lincoln International Music Festival and Swaledale Festival.
Quartet in Residence
The Harlem Quartet, praised for its "panache" by The New York Times, is "bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent," says the Cincinnati Enquirer. The quartet’s mission is to advance diversity in classical music, engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers. The 2015-16 concert season marked the debut of Felix Umansky formerly of the Linden String Quartet, as Harlem Quartet's cellist.
Since its public debut in 2006 at Carnegie Hall, the New York-based ensemble has performed throughout the U.S. as well as in France, the UK, Belgium, Brazil, Panama, Canada, Venezuela, and South Africa, where under the auspices of the US State Department in May 2012 they spent two weeks performing concerts and engaging in outreach activities. In 2013 they completed their third and final year in the Professional String Quartet Training Program at New England Conservatory and participated in NEC’s string quartet exchange program in Paris, working with violinist Günter Pichler in a masterclass setting.
Harlem Quartet was founded in 2006 by The Sphinx Organization, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to building diversity in classical music and providing access to music education in underserved communities. The quartet is represented worldwide by Sciolino Artist Management in New York City.
The Harlem Quartet Residency is generously supported by Victoria, Lady Robey OBE.