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Saturday 7 October 2023, 7.30pm


The Castalian String Quartet is taking the international chamber music scene by storm. Gaining renown for interpretations “full of poetry, joy and sorrow, realised to such perfection” (The Observer), they have recently been announced as the first Hans Keller String Quartet in Residence at the University of Oxford.

Formed in 2011, the quartet studied with Oliver Wille at the Hochschule für Musik, Hannover, before being selected by the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2016. They were awarded First Prize at the 2015 Lyon International Chamber Music Competition and in 2018 were recipients of the inaugural Merito String Quartet Award and Valentin Erben Prize, and a prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. The ensemble was named Young Artist of the Year at the 2019 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards.

The Castalian String Quartet’s 2022 release Between Two Words was given a double five-star review as BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Album of the Month’.

For this concert the leader will be Benjamin Gilmore as Sini Simonen is unavailable.


Turnage: Awake *note, change of programme

Mozart: Quartet in D minor, K421

Beethoven: Quartet in B flat, Op.130 & Op.133

Preconcert talk by Richard Wigmore at 6.30pm

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