The first period instrument quartet to be selected as BBC New Generation Artists, the Consone Quartet are fast making a name for themselves with their honest and expressive interpretations of classical and early romantic repertoire. Their debut CD (released in 2018 on the French Ambronay Label) explores music by Haydn and Mendelssohn, and was met with great critical acclaim as a recording “that instantly leaps out of the stereo at you as something special” (The Strad, 2019).
Formed in 2012 at the Royal College of Music in London, the Consone Quartet are winners of the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Prize in London, having previously been awarded two prizes at the 2015 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, including the EUBO Development Trust Prize and a place on the EEEmerging Scheme in France.
The quartet has been enthusiastically received at London’s Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, St Martin-in-the-Fields and at the Edinburgh, Cheltenham, and King’s Lynn Festivals amongst others. The Brighton and York Early Music Festivals have been key Consone supporters over the past few years and regularly host the group.
Keen to enhance their international reputation, the quartet has performed at the Paris Philharmonie String Quartet Biennial and the Lyon Auditorium in France, at the Concertgebouw, Brugge and AMUZ in Belgium, twice at the REMA Showcase, the Concerts d'été à St Germain in Switzerland and at other venues in Italy, Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia, as well as on tour in Bolivia and Peru.
Consone always enjoy collaborating with fellow musicians, including the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, members of the Hanover Band, Anneke Scott, Simone Jandl, Mahan Esfahani, Justin Taylor, Gillian Keith, Jane Booth and Ashley Solomon. The quartet has previously worked with students of the Royal College of Music and is currently appointed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as Chamber Music Fellows for 2020/2021.
In 2020 the group was scheduled to perform at the Tanglewood Festival in the US, at the BBC Proms and at the Ryedale and Buxton Festivals amongst others, but due to the pandemic these dates have either been cancelled or postponed. In 2021 Consone is looking forward to a return to the Wigmore Hall and a tour of Japan later in the year.
The Consone Quartet are a young string quartet with a really big future. They play with perfect intonation, tremendous attack, and impeccable historical style. All the four instruments work together with such intelligence and imagination, that I would happily listen to them every day.
Sir Roger Norrington
Magdalena Loth-Hill | violin
George Ross | cello
Agata Daraškaite | violin