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).
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.
Consone have 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.
The quartet continues to enhance their international reputation, having performed at the Paris Philharmonie String Quartet Biennial and the Lyon Auditorium in France, at the Concertgebouw Brugge and AMUZ in Belgium, the REMA Showcase in the Czech Republic, 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 have collaborated with a number of fellow musicians, including the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, members of the Hanover Band, Simone Jandl, Mahan Esfahani, Justin Taylor, Gillian Keith, Jane Booth, Ashley Solomon and students of the Royal College of Music. More of these collaborative projects are being planned, including concerts with other Radio 3 New Generation Artists.
The group was scheduled to perform at the Tanglewood Festival in the US, at the BBC Proms, Ryedale, Buxton, Brighton, Norfolk & Norwich, Newbury Festivals in 2020, but due to the current pandemic these dates are being rescheduled. The quartet is looking forward to a series of four concerts at the Dora Stoutzker Hall in Cardiff in 2020/2021, which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and a tour of Japan in 2021. The Guildhall School of Music and Drama recently announced the Consone Quartet as their new Chamber Music Fellows for the 2020/2021 academic 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