Solem String Quartet

Sunday 26th January 2020 at 3pm

These four graduates of the University of Manchester came together there and within three years found themselves the winners of the prestigious Royal Overseas League Ensemble Competition.  

Programme

 Haydn: Quartet in D major, op. 64, no. 5, The Lark 

Brahms: String Quartet in A minor, op. 51, no. 2 

Beethoven: Quartet no. 12 in E flat major, op. 127

 

Biography 

The quartet enjoys a busy concert schedule performing at venues both across the UK – including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Holywell Music Room – and internationally. In keeping with its name, the Solem Quartet’s first project was to play the Haydn Op. 20 “Sun” Quartets. Their repertoire is extensive, spanning the period from early Haydn to a broad spectrum of living composers including Larry Goves, Anna Meredith, John Luther Adams and Emily Howard, whose quartet ‘Afference’ they performed in a BBC Proms Extra broadcast, live on BBC Radio 3.

They were 2016/17 Park Lane Group Artists and have given recitals at Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, St John’s Smith Square and St Martin-in-the-fields as part of the PLG recital series. From 2015-17 they held the Junior Fellowship in Chamber Music at the RNCM, giving regular coaching to chamber ensembles as well as a series of concerts.

Since September 2016 the quartet has been ‘Quartet in Residence’ at the University of Liverpool, and was also recently appointed ‘Ensemble in Residence’ at Aberystwyth MusicFest. They were selected as Tunnell Trust Artists in 2016, leading to a tour of Scotland in 2018. This year they will undertake a tour of China, with nine concerts in some of the country’s major concert halls.