The Artesian Quartet have debuted at the BBC Proms, been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, and tour in the UK as well as internationally. They were the 2013/14 St Peter’s Prize Winner Quartet, 2014 Park Lane Group artists and were one of three 2014/15 ChamberStudio mentorship groups at Kings Place. This year, 2019, marks their ten year anniversary of playing together.
Founded at the Royal Academy of Music where they are all former students and were 2014/15 CAVATINA Chamber Music Fellows, the quartet has enjoyed mentoring from members of many eminent string quartets as well as professionally collaborating with musicians such as Trevor Pinnock. They have also benefitted from the support of the Britten Pears Foundation.
With frequent invitations to give concerts, the Artesians perform regularly across the UK at venues including Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room in London, at the Lake District Summer Music Festival, Colston Hall in Bristol, St David’s Hall in Cardiff, as well as at a number of regional music societies.
Managing an increasingly demanding schedule, the quartet’s commitments are balanced with all four player’s opportunities and geographies. The individual versatility of its members creates a characteristic intensity in the overall depth and diversity of the quartet sound. The next twelve months will see a number of exciting projects for the group including performing at the European String Teachers Association summer school. There will also be continuing exploration of contemporary works following successful associations with composers Blai Soler, Nicola LeFanu and Paul Patterson.
The Artesians also enjoy larger chamber music. They have formed various associations to perform Mendelssohn Octet, collaborated with friends and colleagues in performances of Schubert Octet, Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence and Mozart’s Horn and Clarinet quintets, and have given a number of collaborative lecture recitals performing Schubert’s C Major Quintet.