Consone Quartet (UK)
EMSI is thrilled to host this exciting young British string quartet that is taking the world of early music by storm.
The featured works are Mozart’s Quartet KV156, Haydn’s “Joke” Quartet, Fanny Mendelssohn’s
Quartet in E♭ Major and the String Quartet Op. 1, No. 3 by the Chevalier de Saint-Georges.
The first period instrument string quartet to be selected as BBC New Generation Artists, the Consone Quartet are fast making a name for themselves with their honest and expressive interpretations of classical and romantic repertoire..Their debut recording explored music by Haydn and Mendelssohn and was described by The Strad as an album “that instantly leaps out of the stereo at you as something special.”
This season they launch a new partnership with Linn Records, opening with the complete string quartets of Felix Mendelssohn.
Formed at the Royal College of Music in London, the Consone Quartet launched their professional career in 2015, shortly after which they were awarded two prizes at the 2015 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, including the EUBO Development Trust Prize and a place on the EEEmerging Scheme in France. They went on to win the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Prize, and in 2022 were awarded a prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust (BBT) fellowship.
The quartet has been enthusiastically received at London’s Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, St John’s Smith Square and St Martin-in-the-Fields, and at the Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Brighton, and Buxton Festivals, amongst others. The English Haydn Festival and the Brighton and York Early Music Festivals have been loyal supporters over the past few years and regularly host the group.
Further afield, Consone have been invited to perform at the Philharmonie de Paris and Auditorium de Lyon in France, at the Concertgebouw Brugge, AMUZ and de Bijloke in Belgium, Concerts d’été à St Germain in Switzerland and at other venues across Italy, Austria, Bulgaria and Slovenia. Following a tour to South America in 2018 they are making a highly anticipated North American debut in February 2023.
“…They play with perfect intonation, tremendous attack, and impeccable historical style. All the four instruments work together with such intelligence and imagination, that I would happily listen to them every day” – Sir Roger Norrington
Doors open at 6:45pm. Pre-concert talk at 7:00pm
Tickets $31; 10% discount for seniors & members; youth and students FREE at the door.