Formed in 2016 in Cologne’s Hochschule für Musik und Tanz by four Korean friends, a mere two years later they swept the board in the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, winning not just the first prize, but also four special prizes. They are touring the UK during 2019. The Esmé String Quartet will play:
Their programme brings together quartets from three centuries, finishing with the earliest—the first of Mozart’s set of six dedicated to Haydn. The concert opens with the three very varied movements which make up Frank Bridge’s Novelletten. The Webern slow movement is a very early work, and thus Romantic in style; it was written just a year after the Bridge. Schumann wrote only three string quartets, all in the space of three or four weeks, 60 years after the Mozart and some 60 years before the Bridge and Webern.
For further information about the Esmé String Quartet, please go to http://www.esmequartet.com/