On Monday 26th September our latest recording for Chandos Records was released. This features the complete Schumann String Quartets (opus 41). You can purchase it online from many retailers or download it from itunes or from Chandos directly by following this link: http://www.chandos.net/details06.asp?CNumber=CHAN%2010692
Our recording of the Walton String Quartets (released earlier this year) has been nominated for a 2011 Gramophone Award in the Chamber Music category. We are delighted to have been nominated for this award and thrilled that this recording, particularly of the early and unknown String Quartet, has been so well received across the press. To listen to clips of the Walton CD click on the album cover here: http://www.doricstringquartet.com/music
We are delighted to announce that we have just been signed for local management in France by Satirino Classical Music Agency where we will be represented by Ian Malkin. For more information please visit: http://www.satirino.fr
Satirino join our big list of local management agencies that include London (Sulivan Sweetland – General Management), Berlin (EAS Musikmanagement), Copenhagen (Crescendi/Tivoli Artists), Amsterdam (KAMconcerten) and New York (William Reinert Associates inc.).
Back in July we returned to the recording studio to record our fourth CD for Chandos Records. We also returned to the music of Korngold with his Piano Quintet and String Sextet. This was a very exciting recording period as we were joined by three great friends and colleagues - Kathy Stott (piano), Jennifer Stumm (viola) and Bartholomew Lafollette (cello). We hope that the success that our recording of Korngold’s Quartets has had will also come to this new recording. These are two masterpieces that deserve to be heard more often. The CD will be released in early 2012.
We are delighted to announce that we have been signed by Sulivan Sweetland Artist Management who will represent us in a General Management capacity. This move marks the end of our relationship with YCAT (Young Concert Artists Trust) who have looked after us over the past 4 years. We have had a wonderful time with YCAT and greatly value all the time and support they have given us. We are now looking forward to the new relationship with Sulivan Sweetland as our career continues to develop and blossom.
Our debut CD on Chandos of the complete Korngold Quartets has been released for almost 6 months now and has been receiving glowing reviews from critics all over the world. Selected as one of the 2010 “Critic’s Choice” disks in Gramophone it has also received three 5 star reviews in German music magazines. All reviews will be available to view on our new website when it is launched next month.
Our second recording on the Chandos label which features the two quartets of William Walton will be released on 28th February. We are very excited about this release particularly as the recording of Walton’s first quartet (written in 1922) will be the first complete recording of this extraordinary work.
Continuing the CD theme of this newsletter, we are off to Potton Hall in Suffolk again to record the three quartets by Schumann. We have been immersing ourselves in the world of Schumann over the past few months and have had a fascinating time exploring the complexities and wonderfully evocative landscapes of this composer. This is a very exciting project for us as it marks our first foray into mainstream repertoire for Chandos (no disrespect to Walton or Korngold intended!).
Since the last e-newsletter we have been performing across the whole globe. After a very successful month in New Zealand and Australia back in September we toured Scotland and then made our debut in the USA with concerts in New York (Frick Collection) and Washington D.C. (Library of Congress) both receiving standing ovations. The Washington concert also received a glowing review in the Washington Post. In November we made our debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. This was met with another standing ovation and we were immediately invited back to perform 2 concerts in the hall’s main series.
After a busy February which included two concerts at Wigmore Hall we make our debuts at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg on 8th April and at the Konzerthaus Berlin on 26th May.
>From the 8th-10th May we will be in residence at Deans Place Country Hotel in the village of Alfriston in East Sussex where we will be performing at our own mini-festival under the auspices of the Kirker Holidays Music Festival. Packages are available to attend the festival which include accommodation, meals, excursions, pre-concert talks and concert tickets. For more information please call 0207 593 1899 or visit http://www.kirkerholidays.com/tour-overview.aspx?qs=productid_e_243552
Further ahead, tickets are already selling fast for our Wigmore Hall Coffee Concert on May 1st at 1130. Follow the link to book tickets as I am certain that it will sell out in the not too distant future!