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Castalian Quartet
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Castalian Quartet - Biography

Sini Simonen violin
Daniel Roberts violin
Charlotte Bonneton viola
Christopher Graves cello

The Castalian Quartet is rapidly emerging as an exciting voice on the international chamber music scene.

In 2018 they received the prestigious inaugural Merito String Quartet Award & Valentin Erben Prize and won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award. Previous awards include Third Prize at the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition and First Prize at the 2015 Lyon International Chamber Music Competition.  The Quartet was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust in 2016.

Recent and upcoming appearances include return visits to the Wigmore Hall, both in the Coffee Concert series and performing the complete set of Haydn’s Op.76 quartets. They give rectials in Tel Aviv in the Museum of Art, Heidelberger Frũhling Quartet Festival, Zwischentöne Festival in Engelberg, Neuchatel Chamber Music in Switzerland, East Neuk Festival and 3 Palaces Festival in Malta.  Further afield they take part in the Banff Festival and tour China and Colombia.

The Quartet continues to give recitals across the UK and undertake residencies at Saffron Hall, Stoller Hall (Manchester), Birmingham Conservatoire and Menuhin School. Future plans include debut concerts in North America (Phillips Collection Washington D.C. and Lincoln Center New York) and at the Konzerthaus in Vienna.

Over the last two years the Quartet has performed widely throughout Europe, highlights including recitals in the Hamburg Chamber Music Series, International Musikfest Goslar, Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker, Quartet affairs in Frankfurt (broadcast by NDR), French festivals in Queille and Conques, the Aldeburgh, East Neuk, North Norfolk and Peasmarsh Festivals. In 2017 they were resident at the Esbjerg international Chamber Music Festival in Denmark, Festival Musique d’Été à Suzette near Avignon and Snape Maltings.

Formed in 2011, the Castalian Quartet studied with Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet) at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media, graduating with a Master’s degree, and has also received coaching from Simon Rowland-Jones, David Waterman and Isabel Charisius.  The Quartet has collaborated with Nils Mönkemeyer, Alasdair Beatson, Simon Rowland-Jones and Olivier Stankiewicz.

Photographs by Kaupo Kikkas