Agata Daraškaitė violin
Magdalena Loth-Hill violin
Elitsa Bogdanova viola
George Ross cello
The first period instrument string quartet to be selected as BBC New Generation Artists, the Consone Quartet is fast making a name for itself with its honest and expressive interpretations of classical and romantic repertoire. Its 2022 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship followed.
Formed at the Royal College of Music in London, the Consone Quartet was awarded two prizes at the 2015 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition. It went on to win the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Prize.
Consone’s debut album of music by Haydn and Mendelssohn was described by The Strad as a recording “that instantly leaps out of the stereo at you as something special.” In 2023 its partnership with Linn Records starts with the first CD in a complete cycle of Felix Mendelssohn quartets.
Consone Quartet has been enthusiastically received at concerts and festivals all over the UK. Further afield, it has performed at the Heidelberger Streichquartettfest, Auditorium de Lyon, Concertgebouw Brugge and AMUZ in Antwerp. Following a tour to South America in 2018, its North American debut is in 2023.
Music education remains a core interest to the group, having worked with students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal College of Music in London, Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Forthcoming events include the premiere of a new commission by Gavin Bryars for string sextet, The Bridges of Königsburg, concerts in Poland and Italy with pianist Alexander Gadjiev and a debut at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany.
Being part of this community of incredible musicians is a huge privilege and a source of inspiration to us. The Trust offers so much more than just the financial award; the wonderful BBT team has created an environment of support, encouragement and guidance and the opportunity to realise projects that otherwise would just be dreams.
Photographs by @bekor