Formed in 2009, the Idomeneo Quartet held the Chamber Music Fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama 2009-2011, studying with Alasdair Tait. They later continued their studies with Professor Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet) in Basel and the Vogler Quartet in Stuttgart.
In 2013, the Quartet was awarded 2nd prize at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition for String Quartets. Other accolades include the Tunnell Trust Award and were chosen by the Park Lane Group to participate in their concert series in London.
At the 54th Jeunesse Musicale course in Weikersheim, (with Heime Müller and the Vogler Quartet), they were awarded the prize of “the most convincing newcomer ensemble” by the Friends of the Jeunesse Musicale in Germany; their final concert being broadcasted live on German radio to critical acclaim. They have been invited back in the summer of 2015 for masterclasses with the Casals Quartet and Heime Müller.
The Idomeneo Quartet has held recitals in numerous concert venues all over Europe (Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Austria, Greece, Norway and Belgium) and extensively throughout the UK, in venues such as Colston Hall, the Barbican, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall and St Martin in the Fields. They have also given concert tours in Brazil and around Scotland.
The quartet has performed at numerous festivals throughout Europe, including the King Lynn’s Festival, Saint-Mère Festival, the White Crow Music Festival in the Netherlands and Heidelberger Frühlung Internationales Festival in Germany.
They have been privileged to receive masterclasses from, amongst others, Rainer Schmidt, Bernard Greenhouse, David Takeno, the Belcea Quartet, the Vogler Quartet and Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet).
“A bold and brilliant bunch” – Richard Morrison, The Times
London based cello octet Cellophony have rapidly established themselves as the UK’s leading cello ensemble, carving a reputation as accomplished exponents of both the standard cello ensemble repertoire and a diverse array of specially commissioned arrangements and adaptations. This unique repertoire base and its exhilarating delivery on stage have won the group a following across the globe, with acclaimed performances on the festival scene across Europe and as far afield as South Korea.
As finalists of the Royal Over-Seas League chamber music competition and as Park Lane Group Young Artists, Cellophony have received universal critical acclaim for performances at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues, including the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, The Sage Gateshead, and the world famous Wigmore Hall.
Cellophony’s much anticipated new album ‘Vibrez’ is now released on the Edition Classics label. Listen to an album sampler and purchase online through Edition Records. Also available on Amazon and iTunes.
“The unanimity of the playing and the diverse nature of these performances make this Cellophony CD exceptional.” – Gramophone