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“The textures were always clear and voice-leading immaculate.” The Strad

 

Formed at the Royal College of Music in London, the Consone Quartet is dedicated to exploring Classical and Early Romantic repertoire on period instruments. Winners of the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Prize in London, Consone were also 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 are BBC New Generation Artists for the 2019-2021 season, making them the first and only period string quartet in the scheme's history.

 

Past performance highlights include acclaimed concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall and King's Place, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Cheltenham, Lammermuir, Buxton and King’s Lynn Festivals. The Consone Quartet is rapidly gaining international recognition, having performed in France, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Italy and Switzerland. In spring 2018 Consone toured in South America, performing in Bolivia and Peru.

 

The quartet’s debut CD, featuring music by Haydn and Mendelssohn, was released in 2018 on the Ambronay Label. The disc was met with great critical acclaim and was labelled by the Strad as a debut CD "that instantly leaps out of the stereo at you as something special".

 

The ensemble regularly collaborates with other musicians including the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, members of the Hanover Band, Simone Jandl, Mahan Esfahani, Justin Taylor, Gillian Keith, Jane Booth, Ashley Solomon, and Colin Lawson.

In 2020 the quartet celebrates Beethoven's 250th anniversary by developing a series of programmes dedicated to the composer. These will be performed at the Academie de Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and Concertgebouw Brugge, as well as across the UK in two Hanover Band Beethoven cycles, in which they present all six op.18 quartets alongside other works. Consone will also make their debuts at the Tanglewood Festival in the US, and on a tour of Japan. Other highlights include invitations to the Newbury, Ryedale, Norfolk & Norwich, Brighton, Buxton, and York Early Music Festivals, as well as a concert at the prestigious BBC Proms in August.

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